Repentance and the kingdom of heaven

"Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." Matt. 4:17. Christ Jesus taught the "good news" that the kingdom of heaven is within us, within spiritual consciousness; that harmony, health, and happiness come from God and are governed by God; and that man cannot be separated from Him. This being so, what does repentance have to do with the kingdom of heaven?

Jesus knew that the human consciousness needed to awake from a false, material sense of being. To see, to live, to have the joy of true spiritual being, we must break the mesmeric beliefs of sin and mortality—resist them, overcome them, and replace them with the understanding of God's kingdom. Hence the need for the baptism of repentance—a radical change of thought, a new way of life.

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