‘‘The Kingdom of God is Within You’’ Luke 17:21
”But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”Matthew 6:33
The Kingdom of Heaven is Christ Himself, not a physical place or location. by His Eminence Archbishop Joseph
Paradise is not a place but way of life.
Paradise is Christ.
The Messiah is born and the gates of Eden are opened. The Savior comes and the tree of life blossoms.
Paradise is not a place on the map. It is a condition of spirit. When a person knows God and lives in communion with Him, this is paradise.
Fr. Thomas Hopko, The Winter Pascha: Readings for the Christmas-Epiphany Season
The teaching of the New Testament is not about how to be admitted to paradise – it is about how to become the kind of human who can actually live in paradise. Paradise is not a moral achievement—it is an ontological change.
“I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does corruption inherit incorruption.” (1Cor. 15:50)
Father Stephen Freeman
Ιf I knew back then how eternal life would be and the heavenly beauty the souls enjoy by being next to God, I honestly would have asked for my martyrdom to last for ever, as it was absolutely nothing compared to the gifts of grace of God! – Saint Euphemia to elder Paisios of Mount Athos, when she mystically appeared to him in his cell
The Lord says: ‘Seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things as well will be given unto you’ Matthew 6.33
Give yourself up entirely to God’s providence, to the Lord’s Will..Trust entirely in Him: He knows how to lead you safely through this present life, and to bring you to Himself — into His eternal Kingdom.To trust in God means to confide to Him our life, our fate, all our future, and to wait with confidence for the fulfilment of His promises.Thy name, Lord, is Almighty, because Thou holdest not only heaven and earth, but also all mankind, the life of every man, the hearts of all in Thy Hand;
There is nothing impossible unto those who believe; lively and unshaken faith can accomplish great miracles in the twinkling of an eye.
My Life in Christ , St. John of Kronstadt.
We should refer all our problems, whatever they are, to God, just as we say in the Divine Liturgy that we ‘commend our whole life to Christ our God.’We leave everything to You, O Lord. Whatever You will. Let Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven .
The person who belongs to Christ turns everything into prayer. He makes both difficulties and tribulations into prayer. Whatever happens to him, he begins, ‘Lord Jesus Christ…’* Prayer is beneficial for everything, even for the simplest of things…
There, in the deepest and most inward part, is the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God is within you.
Turn your mind towards Him continually.
What counts above all is love, passionate love for the Lord, for Christ the Bridegroom.
And who is Heaven? “Christ,” said Elder.
St. Porphyrios (Bairaktaris) of Kafsokalivia
Christ also spoke to us of the power of prayer, when He reminded all the faithful that ‘whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received, and it will be yours’ (Mark 11.24)
The elder Paisios of the Holy Mountain said:
“Do not forget there we are going through difficult times and much prayer is needed. You must remember the great need that people have for prayer today and the great expectation God has of us to pray. Praying for the general outrageous condition of the whole world that Christ may have pity on his creations for they are heading for destruction. Pray for his divine intervention in our outrageous time for the people are heading into general confusion, into madness, and an impasse.
God has called for us to pray for the people, who have so many problems. ”
Let us lift up our hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us commend ourselves and each other, and all our life unto Christ our God.
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be Thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.