Heavenly Kingdom or the Kingdom of God is fundamental to the Holy Gospel message about the coming of the Son of God Jesus Christ to this world. Here, Kingdom denotes reign or authority. The Holy Scripture often refers to God as the Lord, so as to emphasise his reign and concern for the lives His people. For Christians, the Kingdom of God meant the future age live, when the Lord will finally come to establish His reign over the world.
When the Roman Empire adopted Christianity, a consensus was established: the state and Church authorities were to live in peace and co-operation, but with strict boundaries between the Heavenly Kingdom spiritual policy the Church was leading, and the secular policy of the state. History saw numerous attempts of the secular policy to impose itself on as a single value in the life of the people. Such attempts to establish the “Kingdom of God on Earth” led to great human suffering.
The expression Heavenly Kingdom is mentioned about a hundred times in the Bible New Testament, almost always in a story, i.e. in its figurative meaning.
RELIGION AND TRADITION
A prayer: O Heavenly King, the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth; who art everywhere and fillest all things; Treasury of blessings, and giver of life: come and abide in us, and cleanse us from every impurity, and save our souls, O Good One.
Some of the characteristic sayings of Our Lord Jesus Christ about the Heavenly Kongdom: the kingdom of God is in your midst (Luke. 17: 20-21). anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it (Mark. 10: 15). “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven” (Mathew. 7: 21).
The Earthly Kingdom is short lived, / the Heavenly Kingdom is now and unto ages and ages, are the most popular verses of the Serbian folk poetry, saying about the resolution of the Holy Prince Lazar, who thereby determined the fate of the Serbs, expressing their unswerving Christian position.
Coming of the Heavenly Kingdom means the presence of Jesus Son of God on Earth, among the people. Throughout history, it runs through the Church service in mysterious ways. It is an announcement of the future age manifest in the present, occurring through accepting and adopting the gift of Christ’s love among the people – that same life as is in eternity.