Originally Posted by My heart's Desire
Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, "The time is fulfilled, the kingdom of God is at hand ; repent, and believe in the gospel." (Mark 1:14-15)The kingdom prophesied in the Old Testament would come during the lifetime of some of those standing before Jesus that very day and Peter was “standing there” and heard the words of the Lord. Did Peter see the kingdom of God “come with power”? Jesus gave the “keys of the kingdom of heaven” to Peter that whatever he bound on earth would be bound in heaven, and whatever he loosed on earth would be loosed in heaven.”
Truly I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see that the kingdom of God has come with power. (Mark 9:1)
And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”When did the “kingdom come with power” and when did Peter use "the keys of the kingdom of heaven" for the first time? Before He ascended into heaven Jesus told His disciples (including Peter) to stay in Jerusalem where they would receive “power from on high”, "And behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city (Jerusalem) until you are clothed with power from on high." Luke 24:49. According to the promise of Jesus, the kingdom did “come with power” in Jerusalem on the “Day of Pentecost” according to the book of Acts. In Acts 1 the apostles were told, “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you ....” and when did the Holy Spirit come upon them – on the Day of Pentecost when they received “the power” promised from on high.
When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance… Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words. For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel… “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.” Acts 2That same day over 3000 souls obeyed the gospel of Christ and were added to the Lord’s church (His kingdom on earth), “Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them... And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved…" (Acts 2)
Was the kingdom established in the First Century with power from on high – yes, according to Col 1:13, "For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves…"