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The 72d separable kingdom text is found at Luke 12: 32 ?Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also..
1. Here the kingdom is something Jesus’ followers are given by the Father God.
2. Because “treasure” is virtually equivalent here with “kingdom,” we are probably wise to see kingdom as something in the future — a future state of affairs when God’s will is perfectly established among his people and probably on earth. Jesus’ followers will enter into that kingdom. I leave it as a possibility, though, that kingdom here is present. I doubt that view, but it is not at all impossible.
3. Those who enter the kingdom, so it appears from just this text, are those who have sacrificed for the poor. Kingdom is in some sense compensation for suffering in this world. (Do you think this is in this text?)
4. Kingdom value and one’s possessions are connected — the latter reveals the former.

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