Kingdom of God, Jesus

by Matt Slick

  1. Kingdom
    1. Future arrival of
      1. Matt. 6:10,  ‘Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven."
    2. Gospel of
      1. Matt. 4:23, "Jesus was going throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness among the people."
    3. Seek God's kingdom first
      1. Matt. 6:33, "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you."
    4. Sons of Kingdom are good seed
      1. Matt. 13:38, "and the field is the world; and as for the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom; and the tares are the sons of the evil one."
  2. Kingdom of God - the sovereignty, rule, reign, presence, and forgiveness of God
    1. Also called
      1. Father's kingdom
        1. Matt. 6:9-10, "Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. 10 ‘Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven".
        2. Matt. 26:29, "But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom."
      2. Kingdom of Jesus "My Kingdom"
        1. John 18:36, "Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm.”
      3. Kingdom of Heaven
        1. Matt. 8:11, “I say to you that many will come from east and west, and recline at the table with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven."
    2. Future expectations of Kingdom of God
      1. Waiting for
        1. Mark 15:43, "Joseph of Arimathea came, a prominent member of the Council, who himself was waiting for the kingdom of God; and he gathered up courage and went in before Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus."
      2. Becomes the Kingdom of Christ
        1. Rev. 11:15, "Then the seventh angel sounded; and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, 'The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever.'"
      3. Not with signs to be observed
        1. Luke 17:20, "Now having been questioned by the Pharisees as to when the kingdom of God was coming, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed."
      4. Associated with powers in the heavens
        1. Luke 21:29-32, "Then He told them a parable: “Behold the fig tree and all the trees; 30 as soon as they put forth leaves, you see it and know for yourselves that summer is now near. 31 “So you also, when you see these things happening, recognize that the kingdom of God is near. 32 “Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all things take place."
    3. God's visible Kingdom on earth
      1. Matt. 21:43, "Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people, producing the fruit of it."
    4. Gospel of
      1. Matt. 4:23, "Jesus was going throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness among the people."
      2. Matt. 24:14, "This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come."
      3. Luke 16:16, “The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John; since that time the gospel of the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is forcing his way into it."
    5. Inaugurated at Christ's first coming
      1. Mark 1:15, "and saying, 'The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.'"
    6. Mysteries of
      1. Matt. 13:11, "Jesus answered them, “'To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted.'"
      2. Mark 4:11-12, "And He was saying to them, “To you has been given the mystery of the kingdom of God, but those who are outside get everything in parables, 12 so that while seeing, they may see and not perceive, and while hearing, they may hear and not understand, otherwise they might return and be forgiven."
      3. Luke 8:10, "And He said, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is in parables, so that SEEING THEY MAY NOT SEE, AND HEARING THEY MAY NOT UNDERSTAND."
    7. Presence of God's rule and power
      1. Luke 11:20, "But if I cast out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you."
    8. Representative of Salvation
      1. Matt. 19:24, "Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."
      2. Matt. 12:31, "Which of the two did the will of his father?” They *said, “The first.” Jesus *said to them, “Truly I say to you that the tax collectors and prostitutes will get into the kingdom of God before you."
      3. Mark 9:47, "If your eye causes you to stumble, throw it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, than, having two eyes, to be cast into hell."
      4. Mark 10:14-15, "But when Jesus saw this, He was indignant and said to them, “Permit the children to come to Me; do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15 “Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all."
    9. Compared to
      1.  A mustard seed
        1. Mark 4:30-32, "And He said, “How shall we  picture the kingdom of God, or by what parable shall we present it? 31 “It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the soil, though it is smaller than all the seeds that are upon the soil, 32 yet when it is sown, it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and forms large branches; so that THE BIRDS OF THE AIR can NEST UNDER ITS SHADE.”
      2. Leven
        1. Mark 13:20-21, "And again He said, “To what shall I compare the kingdom of God? 21 “It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three pecks of flour until it was all leavened."
    10. Entrance into
      1. Born again
        1. John 3:3, "Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God."
      2. Born of water and Spirit
        1. John 3:5, "Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God."
      3. Righteousness
        1. Matt. 5:20, "For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven."
    11. Revelation of Jesus
      1.  Mark 9:1, "And Jesus was saying to them, “Truly I say to you, there are some of those who are standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God after it has come with power."
    12. Other
      1. Sons of the Kingdom are condemned
        1. Matt. 8:12, "but the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
      2. Proclaim the kingdom of God
        1. Luke 9:2, "And He sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to perform healing."
      3. Inhabited by Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
        1. Luke 13:28, “In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but yourselves being thrown out.
      4. Righteousness and peace
        1. Rom. 14:17, "for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit."
      5. Consists of power
        1. 1 Cor. 4:20, "For the kingdom of God does not consist in words but in power."
      6. Unrighteous not enter
        1. 1 Cor. 6:9-10, " 9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God."
        2.  Gal. 5:19-21, "Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, 21 envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God."
      7. Suffering for the kingdom  
        1. 2 Thess. 1:5, "This is a plain indication of God’s righteous judgment so that you will be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which indeed you are suffering."
      8. Flesh and blood not inherit the kingdom of God
        1. 1 Cor. 15:50, "Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable."
  3. Kingdom of Heaven - the scope of the reign of Christ including his people here on earth and in heaven
    1. Blessed are the
      1. Poor in Spirit
        1. Matt. 5:3, "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
      2. Persecuted
        1. Matt. 5:10, "Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
    2. Compared to
      1.  Dragnet cast into the sea
        1. Matt. 13:47-48, "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet cast into the sea, and gathering fish of every kind; 48 and when it was filled, they drew it up on the beach; and they sat down and gathered the good fish into containers, but the bad they threw away."
      2. Good seed
        1.  Matt. 13:24, "Jesus presented another parable to them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field."
      3. Landowner who hired laborers
        1.  Matt. 20:1 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard."
      4. King
        1. Matt. 18:23, “For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves."
        2. Matt. 22:2, "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son."
      5. Merchant seeking pearls
        1. Matt. 13:45-46, "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, 46 and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it."
      6. Mustard seed
        1.  Matt. 13:33, "He spoke another parable to them, “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three pecks of flour until it was all leavened."
      7. Ten Virgins
        1. Matt. 25:1, "Then the kingdom of heaven will be comparable to ten virgins, who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom."
      8. Treasure in a field
        1. Matt. 13:44, "The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field."
    3. Disciple of the Kingdom of Heaven
      1. Matt. 13:52, "And Jesus said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has become a disciple of the kingdom of heaven is like a head of a household, who brings out of his treasure things new and old."
    4. Entrance to
      1. Become like children
        1. Matt. 18:3-4, "and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 “Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven."
        2. Matt. 19:14, "But Jesus said, “Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."
      2. Do the will of the Father
        1. Matt. 7:21, "Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter."
      3. Hard for a rich man to enter
        1. Matt. 19:23, "And Jesus said to His disciples, “Truly I say to you, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven."
      4. Hindered by Pharisees
        1. Matt. 23:13, "But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you shut off the kingdom of heaven from people; for you do not enter in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in."
    5. Eunuchs for
      1. Matt. 19:12, "For there are eunuchs who were born that way from their mother’s womb; and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men; and there are also eunuchs who made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. He who is able to accept this, let him accept it."
    6. Is at hand
      1. Matt. 10:7, "And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.'"
    7. Keys of Kingdom of Heaven
      1. Given to Peter
        1. Matt. 16:18-19, "I also say to you that you are aPeter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it. 19 “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven."
    8. Repent
      1. Matt. 3:2, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."
      2. Matt. 4:17, "From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
  4. Kingdom of Christ
    1. Sinners won't enter
      1. Eph. 5:5, "For this you know with certainty, that no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God."
 
 

About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.