Alice A. Bailey
From Bethlehem to Calvary
p. 10: The door into a world of higher being and consciousness stands wide open; the way into the kingdom of God has been clearly pointed out. Many in the past have passed into that kingdom and awakened there to a world of being and of understanding which is, to the multitude, a sealed mystery.
p. 21: For this the past era has prepared us, and we can now pass intelligently into the kingdom of God through the process of initiation.
p. 28: When the spiritual body begins to be organised and to grow, and when the eye of wisdom slowly opens and trains itself to see truly, then there will come the indications that the Christ, latent in each son of God, is beginning to control and to lead man into the world of spiritual being, true meaning and essential values. This world is the kingdom of God, the world of souls, and – when manifested – is that expression (p. 29) of divine life which we can call the fifth kingdom in nature.
p. 29-30: Some day, sooner perhaps than many may think, the portals of initiation will open wide to the suffering world disciple (as they have ever (p. 30) opened in the past to individuals), and humanity will enter into a new Kingdom …
p. 44: Through birth, service and sacrifice the initiate becomes a citizen of that kingdom, …
p. 53: Christ revealed in Himself the will of God and gave to humanity a vision of God's Plan for the world, this Plan being the coming of the kingdom.
p. 90: ..., and it (love) is the principle upon which the kingdom of God is founded.
p. 93: The new birth brought us to the point where we became aware of a new world of light and of being. Through the process of that initiation we became citizens of the kingdom of God which Christ came to establish as a fact in the consciousness of men; we pass through the new birth into a world which is governed by a higher series of laws, the spiritual laws and new objectives open up before us, new aspects of our own hidden spiritual nature emerge and we begin to discover in ourselves the delineation of a new being, with a different set of wishes, desires, ideals, and methods of world activity.
p. 95: The result of this realisation must surely be, under the evolutionary scheme, the appearance of another kingdom in nature. … He [Christ] founded the kingdom of God on earth, and produced a synthesis of all the kingdoms in nature, thus causing the appearance of a fifth kingdom.
p. 102: He [Christ] saw what He had to do—to serve, to suffer and to found the kingdom of God.
p. 129: At the end of the road of evolution lies the consummation, the kingdom of God, not the kingdoms of the world.
p.135: He [Christ] had also laid the foundation of the kingdom of God which it was His mission to found, …
p. 145: That He at-oned in Himself certain basic human cleavages is thus apparent, and to those above enumerated we can add one already considered, the blending in Himself of two great kingdoms in nature, the human and the divine, making possible the emergence into manifestation of a new kingdom upon earth—the kingdom of God, the fifth kingdom in nature.
p. 175: A new world order came into being when Christ came to earth, and from that time on we have moved steadily forward towards a new age wherein men inevitably will live as brothers because Christ died, and the true nature of the kingdom of God will find expression on earth.
p. 192: Christ in this way precipitated the kingdom of God upon earth. It had always existed in the heavenly places.
p. 209: The work had been completed, and in that strange little country called the Holy Land, a narrow strip of territory between the two hemispheres, the East and the West, the Orient and the Occident, Christ mounted the Cross and fixed the boundary between the kingdom of God and the kingdoms of the world, between the world of men and the world of Spirit. Thus He brought to a climax the ancient Mysteries, which had prophesied the coming of that kingdom, and instituted the Mysteries of the kingdom of God.
p. 210: The hardness of men's hearts, the weakness of their love, and their failure to see the vision, broke the heart of the Saviour of the world—a Saviour because He opened the door into the kingdom.
It is time that the Church woke up to its true mission, which is to materialise the kingdom of God on earth, today, here and now. The time is past wherein we can emphasise a future and coming kingdom. People are no longer interested in a possible heavenly state or a probable hell. They need to learn that the kingdom is here, and must express itself on earth; it consists of those who do the will of God at any cost, as Christ did, and who can love one another as Christ loved us. The way into that kingdom is the way that Christ trod. It involves the sacrifice of the personal self for the good of the world, and the service of humanity instead of the service of one's own desires.
p. 233: "Christ is risen," is their cry, and because He has risen the kingdom of God can go forward upon earth, and His message of love can be widely distributed. … Evolution moves slowly, and it is only today that we are truly on the verge of the demonstration of God's kingdom upon earth.
p. 249: In some place, consciously and willingly, we must learn to enter and work in the world of values, and so fit ourselves for citizenship in the kingdom of God.
p. 251: Here we have the idea of the kingdom of God appearing on earth because humanity is spiritually civilised, and the attainment of the perfection which Christ inculcated.
p. 254: The kingdom of God moves on to fulfilment. The purpose of Christ's life, death and resurrection is on the verge of achieving consummation. A new kingdom is coming into being; a fifth kingdom in nature is materialising, and already has a nucleus functioning on earth in physical bodies.
p. 257: He (Christ) came to found the kingdom of God, to bring into being upon earth another kingdom of nature, and so set up the boundary line between that which is objective and illusory and that which is subjective and real.
p. 260: He founded the kingdom of God in due time when the human kingdom was reaching maturity. He demonstrated the values of that kingdom in His Own life, portraying for us the character of its citizenship, and He opened the door wide for all who could fit themselves (through service and discipline) to pass out of the human kingdom into the spiritual kingdom.
p. 262: How shall we materialise on earth that state of consciousness, accompanied by that condition of living, the result of which would deserve to be recognised as the kingdom of God?
That humanity is on its way to great and vital events is generally recognised. … The question, however, arises whether we may hasten the process; whether, by a right understanding of Christ and His teaching, we could so expedite matters that the kingdom and its laws may hold sway earlier than would otherwise be the case.
p. 263: If man is divine, if the testimony of the ages is true, and if Christ came to show us divinity in expression and to found the new kingdom, then the breaking down today of the old forms, and the widespread destruction of the familiar structures of society and religion, may simply be part of the process of instituting the new processes of life and the planned work of a vital evolving spirit. A reaction to the appearance of the kingdom may account for the unrest of the masses, and the general sensitive response to the new ideals may be due to the impact of the force of the kingdom upon the minds of the more advanced people of the world. The mystic and the Christian may talk in terms of the kingdom of God; philanthropists and philosophers may talk in terms of the world community, of the new civilisation, of the world federation of nations, of humanity as a body corporate, of community living and of internationalism and economic interdependence and world unity; but these are mere words and names which differing types of mind apply to the one great emerging fact of a new kingdom in nature arising out of the human kingdom, with its own principles of living, its laws of group welfare, and its brotherhood of man.
p. 264: The teaching of Christ is not obsolete and out of date. It needs only to be rescued from the interpretations of the theologies of the past, and taken at its simple face value, which is an expression of the divinity of man, of his participation in the kingdom which is in process of being brought into recognition, and of his immortality as a citizen of that kingdom. What we are in reality passing through is "a religious initiation into the mysteries of Being," The End of Our Time, by Nicholas Berdyaev, p. 105.2 and from that we shall emerge with a deepened sense of God immanent in ourselves and in all humanity. … It might be of value to us, therefore, to admit this possibility and consider practically our individual relation to the work which Christ expressed and inaugurated, and to deal with the problem of our individual perfecting, in order that we may help to found the kingdom and to develop those values which will warrant immortality.
p. 281: He [Christ] came to found the kingdom of God on earth and to institute a new and tangible expression of Deity upon our planet. His mission has not failed. The kingdom is now organised upon earth and is composed of those men and women everywhere who have lost sight of their own individual salvation and hope of heaven because they know that unless heaven can express itself here and now it is but a futile hope. … they are
satisfied to walk among men as those who serve and who are citizens of the kingdom of God.
The Externalisation of the Hierarchy, p. 356: The method of the Hierarchy is to work through individuals and through groups for the production of such a widespread spiritual recognition that men everywhere will accept as factual the inner government of the planet, and will work together for the founding of the Kingdom of God in objective manifestation on Earth—and not in some distant time and some vague heaven. This is no mystical or impossible dream, but is simply the recognition and the externalisation of that which has been for ever present, which definitely took objective form when Christ was with us two thousand years ago, and which will proceed to universal recognition when He is with us again in the immediate future. Therefore, all who work and struggle for the good of humanity and under the direction of the Hierarchy, take heart and renew your courage.
The Externalisation of the Hierarchy, p 372: Your spiritual goal is the establishing of the Kingdom of God. One of the first steps towards this is to prepare men's minds to accept the fact that the reappearance of the Christ is imminent.
Dale McKechnie (Vice-president of Lucis Trust) in THE EASTER FESTIVAL,
April 5, 2012: But above and beyond the whole outer life story of Christ is the
revelation of the fact of another kingdom in nature, a fifth kingdom, the
Kingdom of God, the Kingdom of Souls.
Brian McLaren at the Faithworks conference, February 2010: The Kingdom of God is not about me but about transforming the world and everything in it. ... The Kingdom of God is about God’s Kingdom being done on Earth. It’s not a plan of upward mobility and how we get to Heaven but about how God’s Kingdom comes down to Earth … it’s a downward movement.
Brian McLaren in The Secret Message of Jesus, p. 23: Jesus echoed and intensified the prophetic message that a new world order was possible and coming. ... In that new kingdom, justice, integrity, and peace will overcome.
Brian McLaren in The Secret Message of Jesus, p. 24: he (Jesus) says the kingdom is at hand, available to be grasped, knocking at the door - not just someday in the future, but here and now. Here and now!
- Tony Jones in an Emergent Manifesto of Hope, p. 130: God's promised future is good, and it awaits us, beckoning us forward. We're caught in the tractor beam of redemption and re-creation, and three's no sense fighting it, so we might as well cooperate.
Will Samsom in an Emergent Manifesto of Hope, p. 157: Contextual theology is rooted in the notion that God’s kingdom is vast and diverse, and it is our task as followers of Jesus to understand the diversity of God’s work in the world and join that effort.
Brian McLaren in The Secret Message of Jesus, p. 74: Jesus seems to say, 'The kingdom of God doesn’t need to wait until something else happens. No, it is available and among you now."
Brian McLaren in The Secret Message of Jesus, p. 128: ... the secret message of the kingdom of God - ... - may in fact be the only authentically saving message we have?
Brian McLaren in The Secret Message of Jesus, p. 134: The Kingdom of God, then, is a revolutionary, countercultural movement - proclaiming a ceaseless rebellion against the tyrannical trinity of money, sex, and power.
Brian McLaren in The Secret Message of Jesus, p. 143: So perhaps we need a modifier in front of revolution to show how the goals and tactics of this regime are radically different:
- the peace revolution of God
- the spiritual revolution of God
- the love revolution of God
- the reconciling revolution of God
- the justice revolution of God.
In these ways, we get much closer to the dynamic hidden in Jesus' original language of the kingdom of God. ... God's conspiracy seeks to overturn the world as it is so that a new world can emerge.
Brian McLaren in Everything Must Change, p. 178: Jesus in a fictual conversation with Chris Hedges: "The human race has evolved as fighters. ... My message of the kingdom of God is intended to replace the drugs of nationalism, tribalism, partisanship, ethnocentrism, and religious elitism - and the war addiction they support. ... my kingdom invites you to defect from all war making and invest yourselves in peacemaking for God's global interests and the common good of all God's creations on the planet."
Brian McLaren in The Story We Find Ourselves in, p. 115-116: Neo: "I 've been thinking that a better term than 'kingdom of God' might be 'revolution of God.' That's what I think Jesus meant, anyway. What he was talking about was the most profound and far-reaching revolution imaginable."
The Emerging Church’s definition of the kingdom of God generally follows Doug Pagitt’s definition: “You are going to be the people who are the inhabitants of the kingdom of God. The ways of God, the life of God, the activity of God. You are going to be those people. And when you take on this life of God in the world, then you’re living as the people of God. Later in the New Testament I think the phrase is you become the body of Christ. That you are the people who are living out the hopes and dreams and aspirations of God in this world because God is active in it and you are joining with God.” Emergents often refer to themselves as incarnating the kingdom of God.
Doug Pagitt in Church Re-imagined, p. 185: When we employ creativity to make this world better, we participate with God in the re-creation of the world.
Tony Campolo in Adventures in Missing the Point, p. 43,47: God wants this kingdom to become established on earth now! ... (Mt 6:10) God's kingdom is a new society that Jesus wants to create in this world - within human history, not after the Second Coming or a future apocalypse or anything else. But right now. ... I also believe that we should delude ourselves into thinking that whatever we can build of God's kingdom now can come to fullness without Christ's return.
Doug Pagitt in A Church Re-imaged, p 185: God is constantly creating anew. And God also, invites us to be re-created and join the work of God as co-(re)creators. . . . Imagine the Kingdom of God as the creative process of God reengaging in all that we know and experience. . . . When we employ creativity to make this world better, we participate with God in the recreation of the world.
- Carl McColman in The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, p. 74: When you become an acolyte of mysticism, you learn how to pray, to meditate, to contemplate, to read the Bible and other scred writings in a divine way, to serve and to sacrifice, to open your heart with hospitality for the world even while you somehow realize that you are, ultimately, the citizen of another country.
- N T Wright in Surprised by Hope, ch. 12.3: This, as we have seen, is what the resurrection and ascension of Jesus, and the gift of the Spirit, are all about. They are not designed to take us away from this earth, but to make us agents of the transformation of this earth, anticipating the day when, as we are promised, 'the earth shall be full of knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea'. When the risen Jesus appears to his followers at the end of Matthew's gospel, he declares that all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to him. When John the Seer hears the thundering voices in heaven, they are singing, 'the kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he shall reign for ever and ever'. And the point of the gospels - of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, together with Acts - is that this has already begun.
Brian McLaren in The
Great Spiritual Migration,
190: Now I believe evangelism means
inviting people into heart-to-heart communion and collaboration with God and
neighbours in the great work of healing the earth, of building the beloved
community, of seeking first the kingdom of God and God's justice for all.
Brian McLaren in The
Great Spiritual Migration,
240: First and foremost, we are letting
Jesus and his good news of the kingdom of God be the focus or central
attraction of the story ...