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by Gregory HHC, d
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A Kingdom not of this world

“Jesus answered, My Kingdom is not of this world...” John 18:36

There are numerous words translated into world in the New Testament: aeon, oikoumen, ge and erets. The word ‘world’ in John 18:36 is translated from the word ‘kosmos’. It came from the word komizo meaning “to care for, take care of, provide for” or “carry off what is one’s own,” which is what governments of men like Cain, Nimrod, Pharaoh, and Caesar often did.

The Greek word kosmos had the sense of an orderly arrangement. The Greeks produced other forms, such as the Homeric kosmeo, used in reference to the act of “marshaling troops.”75 From the Greek and Roman point of view, the “... word kosmos ... meant originally the discipline of an army, and next the ordered constitution of a state.”76 It is defined in Strong’s Concordance as an “orderly arrangement” and in another Greek concordance as “an apt and harmonious arrangement or constitution, order, government.”77

Jesus was telling Pilate, sitting in the judgment seat, “My Kingdom is not a part of your constitution, order, or government and you have no jurisdiction to judge Me or My Kingdom.” And Pilate agreeing, washed his hands of the matter.

Jesus had been saying His Kingdom was at hand, we were to preach it was at hand, He was going to take it from the Pharisees and give it to another who would bear fruit. He appointed the Kingdom to His little flock.

...Where is he that is born King of the Jews?...” Matt. 2:2

Herod knew, the Magi, angels, and shepherds knew it. When Jesus entered Jerusalem thousands of people hailed him as the highest son of David, the Messiah, the King, the Anointed. Jesus said that it was for this cause that he came into the world and even the Procurator of Rome defended Him as the King, and officially proclaimed it so on the epigraph nailed to the cross. The only ones who do not seem to get it is the modern Christians who have no king except the modern Caesar, who calls himself a benefactor but exercises authority one over the other, contrary to the decrees of Jesus. [see Matthew 20:25, Mark 10:42, Luke 22:25 ].





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    75Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2001 Douglas Harper

    76John Burnet’s Early Greek Philosophy: Section A: Introduction

    77Strong’s #2889 Online Bible Concordance, Winterbourne, Ontario.

    Also see No man Father

    and the article Not of this world


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