Mar 4:30 And he said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it? [7] Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, on the throne of David, and on his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from now on even for ever. You’re probably familiar with this one: “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and showing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him. Schreiner: Two difficulties present themselves in defining the kingdom. Beyond Today Magazine: September–October 2018. His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey Him” (Daniel 7:27 Daniel 7:27And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.American King James Version×). Jesus’ teaching focused on the gospel, a message of good news, of His coming Kingdom. from village to village, preaching and declaring the good news of the kingdom of God.”—Luke 8:1. And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. In Luke 17:21 Jesus tells us that when we repent and believe, "the kingdom of God is within you". If you’re to endure the troubles that lie ahead, it’s going to require spiritual strength. From it, a tree grows. PRIVACY POLICY, https://assetsnffrgf-a.akamaihd.net/assets/m/1102009467/univ/art/1102009467_univ_sqr_xl.jpg, https://assetsnffrgf-a.akamaihd.net/assets/a/bm/E/wpub/bm_E_lg.jpg, Share While it is generally understood that the message Jesus preached was that of the Kingdom of God, the question as to whether this Kingdom is literal or figurative is more complicated. WHAT was Jesus’ mission on earth? The big misunderstanding of those around Jesus was that the Kingdom of God is a future kingdom and that it is entirely an earthly visible kingdom. Jesus indicated that the Kingdom would do away with the greatest injustice by sanctifying, or making holy, the name of Jehovah God and clearing it of all the reproach that Satan has heaped upon it since the rebellion in Eden. Jesus teaches his disciples many things, yet focuses on a single theme—God’s Kingdom. That word gospel, as well as the Greek word it’s translated from, means “good news” or the “good message”—but what exactly is that good message? How did Jesus teach that he was the Messianic King? Jesus said that the final events leading up to His return “will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth” (Luke 21:35 Luke 21:35For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.American King James Version×). Repent, and believe in the gospel’” (Mark 1:14-15 Mark 1:14-15 [14] Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, So don’t wait. Jesus lived during a time of great upheaval. Jesus preached that same message from the very beginning of his own ministry (Matt. In fact, Christ taught that He will return at the most pivotal time in history, when humanity will stagger on the brink of annihilation. Christ as King of the Kingdom can be in your life today, if you will learn and believe what He actually taught, repent of sin and obey His teaching! Do you know what He was talking about? The Kingdom wasn’t just a minor part of His teaching. (Matthew 11:28-30) He lived up to his word. I’m sure you see there’s little doubt that Jesus taught with a forward-looking perspective. Would you like to read this article in %%? Take His message to heart and “believe the gospel.” Be dedicated and make the choice to be fully committed. The Bible—What Is Its Message. Have you ever considered that fundamental theme? You might be surprised to find that His gospel message wasn’t just “Invite Me into your heart and be saved.” It’s also startling to realize that He didn’t say you’ll go to live with Him in heaven when you die. [21] Neither shall they say, See here! Jesus tells us that the kingdom of God is like this. Still others have seen the kingdom of God as simply ethics, Jesus’s announcement i… Jesus tells the people that the kingdom of God is like a grain of mustard seed. Steve is pastor of the United Church of God congregations in Cincinnati, Ohio. When Jesus came announcing the kingdom of God that the prophets had foretold, people were anxious to hear his take on the kingdom. Seek God’s guidance and help. What a Ruler Jesus will be! Drawing on Old Testament teachings, the Christian characterization of the relationship between God and humanity inherently involves the notion of the Kingship of God. Copyright © 2020 Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania. 3:1-2). He gave loving, practical counsel on coping with anxiety, improving relationships, combating materialism, and finding happiness. The verse’s meaning is as direct as it sounds. For this reason, Jesus rejected the use of worldly fighting to achieve his purposes. Jesus Teaches About God’s Kingdom. Now’s the time to prepare. "And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sicknesses and all kinds of diseases among the people. Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. He taught that you won’t go to live in heaven when you die, but instead that you will be resurrected in the future and that heaven is coming to earth. As the prophet Daniel had written: “Then the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people, the saints of the Most High. The prophet Daniel wrote: “Then the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people, the saints of the Most High.”, Shocking Teachings of Jesus: The Kingdom of God. Farmers plant seeds in their field. What Jesus was telling them was that as the King of the Kingdom of God, He was right there in their midst expounding His message and doing the work of the Kingdom. God’s Kingdom under Christ will not rule through human agencies. As Graeme Goldsworthy teaches, Jesus embodies the kingdom motif of God’s people in God’s place under God’s rule. You see here that right from the very start He wasn’t talking about a heavenly existence after death. As followers of Jesus, however, we don’t just proclaim the message of the Gospel. [14] And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed. Humanity will at last see a world of peace, a world with happiness, a world with clear purpose. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.”(Luke 17:20-21) Foundational to New Testament truth is that the Kingdom of God is the spiritual reality and dynamic available to each person who receives Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Can you explain it? Let us see. 4:17) Apparently it was prett… Jesus indicated that the Kingdom would do away with the greatest injustice by sanctifying, or making holy, the name of Jehovah God and clearing it of all the reproach that Satan has heaped upon it since the rebellion in Eden. The Kingdom of God (and its related form the Kingdom of Heaven in the Gospel of Matthew) is one of the key elements of the teachings of Jesus in the New Testament. Choose His rule in your life now as you look forward to His coming rule beyond today. You must receive the Kingdom and accept it right now to enter it later. They rejected Him and despised His gospel of the Kingdom. His message was the good news of the Kingdom of God. At the heart of this theme is the idea of God’s messianic kingdom. It’s a literal Kingdom, an empire, a government to come under the direction and authority of Jesus Christ that will rule over all the peoples of the earth. If we’re to enter that Kingdom, God must transform us from physical and mortal existence to life that is spiritual and immortal. Now that’s a promise! But just in case you’re tempted to think that the Kingdom of God is something that is off in the future or only exists in eternity, Jesus told people that the Kingdom of God was already at hand in his time. And have made us to our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. The Kingdom of God is not an actual location. If you truly want the future that Jesus proclaimed, you must begin living by its terms today! What is the meaning of the phrase: “Let your Kingdom come”? Get spiritually ready. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. That’s a literal Kingdom in which the Messiah would administer God’s law and His way of life—a way that will bring peace and prosperity to humanity. God says, “I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty” (2 Corinthians 6:18 2 Corinthians 6:18And will be a Father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, said the Lord Almighty.American King James Version×). And when the tree is big enough, birds sit in its branches. Make Jesus Christ the King of your life right now! 1. Many think the gospel message is solely about Jesus as Savior. All of this brings us to this question: What should we do? It seems like a simple enough question, but most don’t give it much thought. And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him. It’s not about going to heaven at death. The Greek phrase entos humon, translated “within you,” would be more accurately translated “in your midst” (Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words, 1985, “Within”). The Kingdom of God was plainly not in the hearts of the Pharisees who withstood Christ, many even wanting to kill Him! When we understand the thrust of Jesus’ message about the Kingdom of God, we understand better why He made the statement in Matthew 6:33: “Seek first the kingdom of God.” He tells us to seek first the Kingdom because the Kingdom of God was His primary message. He was not implying that his reign had nothing to do with the world, but that his dominion came not from any earthly human, but from God. So what exactly is the gospel Jesus brought and taught? It is vital to know what He preached! Jesus will return and change all of that! For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. To receive Him—the King—is to receive His kingly rule, not only in your life and over your affairs, b… Numerous scriptures plainly record the clear message that "Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying… the kingdom of God is at hand. God inspired these men of old to write of a coming world-ruling government. The kingdom of God is the central theme of Jesus' preaching. (Matthew 6:9, 10) Jesus also demonstrated impartiality daily by teaching men and women, rich and poor, without distinction. It’s not good enough to just know these things. We are to seek the things of God as a priority over the things of the world. There will be no more crooked rule, no more fraudulent systems of men. He wants us to enter His eternal Kingdom as His children, resurrected to eternal life in His family. The kingdom of God, then, is the good news that the right rule of God, and the right rule of man—a rule our ancestors Adam and Eve lost—have come together in the right rule of one right God-man: Jesus of Nazareth. After Jesus’ resurrection, His disciples had one burning question for Him: “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” (Acts 1:6 Acts 1:6When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, will you at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?American King James Version×). Paul wrote that “flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give to him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; an… If you’re willing to repent and believe and live under God’s rule now as He commands, He extends to you the opportunity to live forever sharing in His immortal glory! Right now you can have the laws of God’s Kingdom written in your heart and in your mind, and you can have the King of that Kingdom live in you to help you obey His laws. Today, the gospel of Jesus Christ, the good news of God's kingdom that He brought down, is ours to deliver. . Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever” (Isaiah 9:6-7 Isaiah 9:6-7 [6] For to us a child is born, to us a son is given: and the government shall be on his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. 3. The rest of His prophecy here, and also in the parallel accounts in Mark 13 and Luke 21, are like reading today’s headlines. Did Christ focus His teaching on a specific subject? He appeared to His disciples, “being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God” (Acts 1:3 Acts 1:3To whom also he showed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:American King James Version×). Jesus guarantees it. This is precisely why Jesus says to the Pharisees, “The kingdom of God is in the midst of you” (Luke 17:21). His homeland was under the domination of a foreign power. Jesus can personally be your King now. Just imagine it! . And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. Where the king is, there is the kingdom. Jesus primarily taught about the kingdom in parables and these parables must be read in the context of the Jewish hopes and expectations. He will return from heaven to save and take over the world. for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. Jesus’ true message ties all of these things together in a theme that’s truly good news and that has great implications for you, for your future and for the entire world! 1. From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." Jesus and the Kingdom of God Please do me a favor right now: Please bookmark the main Jesus and the Kingdom Bible Study page so you can find it again easily. Yet, when people tried to get him involved in the political affairs of the day, he withdrew. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality” (1 Corinthians 15:50-53 1 Corinthians 15:50-53 [50] Now this I say, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither does corruption inherit incorruption. We are drawing ever closer to that time when Jesus will return and set up that government! “My kingdom is no part of this world,” Jesus said to the Roman ruler Pontius Pilate. American King James Version×). It will also be a time of great spiritual awakening to God’s truth for all the nations—when, as Isaiah 11:9 Isaiah 11:9They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.American King James Version×says, “the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea”! (Matthew 4:17). Christ’s rule would be based on love. He promised to be the Ruler of that godly realm and that the disciples will rule under Him. If you fail to understand Jesus’ central message, you will fail to grasp the whole point of His teachings, the reason for His coming and why He promises to come again. Did His primary message center only on Him being the prophesied Savior? The concept of the kingdom looms large on the pages of Scripture. Who were the Pharisees? Jesus is the kingdom.  |  It’s easy to think of the Kingdom of God as a physical … In the future the whole world will be utterly shocked when Jesus Christ returns to the earth. “Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.” – Acts 28:31 This verse is used as popular objection to mid-Acts right division, but it is not a very good one. Why Does Matthew Use “Kingdom of Heaven” Instead of “Kingdom of God”? For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. This world is in desperate need of God’s rule. He also said there’s a requirement in order to enter that Kingdom of God—repentance. 2. 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