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28. March 2014 12:25
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The Priority of the Kingdom and the King

28. March 2014 12:25 by don | 0 Comments

If you are interested in knowing more about the importance of the Kingdom of God, I decided to list some important Bible references that will help you to see the priority of the message of the Kingdom and the King.

1. The disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ were encouraged to give the Kingdom of God first place in their lives: “But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matt. 6:33). 

2. It was the Kingdom of God that Christ proclaimed when He began His public ministry:  “Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the Kingdom of God” (Mark 1:14). 

3. Its proclamation was the work God had commissioned Him to do: “And he said unto them, I must preach the Kingdom of God to other cities also: for therefore am I sent” (Luke 4:43). 

5. March 2014 13:22
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The Kingdom is present and future

5. March 2014 13:22 by don | 1 Comments

Attempts to see the Kingdom of God as a future event are mostly the product of the late nineteenth century's rise of dispensationalist. 

 The Gospels tell us the Kingdom is to be sought in our lives,9 to be received now,10 that a man in Christ's day could see it and enter into it,11 and that it is found among us.

Other passages refer to the Kingdom as a progressive, developing fact. 

 The Lord's Prayer petitions "Thy kingdom come,"14 whereas we are told that "the kingdom of God is come"15 and that it is on earth and in heaven.16 Many of the parables regarding the Kingdom describe it in terms of the growth of a seed, tree, or yeast that develops over a period of time.17

 There is no denying that many references to the Kingdom are in the future as well. It is described as existing at the end of the world and after the final judgment.18 The angelic messenger told Mary it would have "no end"19 and the Epistles refer to it as "an everlasting kingdom"20 that is "for ever and ever."21

 The Kingdom of God and His Christ began with the ministry of Jesus Christ and will know no end. In history, it is whenever the Messiah reigns. We must preach salvation, but in doing so we must not reduce the gospel to a benefit. The gospel is "of the Kingdom of God." Salvation is our entry point, our submission to Jesus Christ as the Lord, or King, not only of our destiny, but of our lives, and of all heaven and earth. The gospel of salvation must lead us to the King and an understanding of ourselves as citizens in His Kingdom.

 

 

1. March 2014 15:23
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Old Testament Origins of the Kingdom

1. March 2014 15:23 by don | 1 Comments

The Kingdom was neither a new concept nor a new term to the Jews of our Lord's day. Not only the coming but also the triumphs of the Messiah were clearly foretold by Scripture.1 Jeremiah 23:5, for example, had declared,

 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.

 This Kingdom was seen as a coming with the Messiah of an age of true religion and universal peace and prosperity as the blessing of God spread with His dominion. Devout Jews are seen in the Gospels as anticipating this Kingdom. Most specifically we are told that Joseph "waited for the kingdom of God."2  ( Luke 23:50-51; regarding the expectations of Zacharias, Simeon, and Anna see Luke 1:67-79 and 2:25-38.)

 Most Jews, including the apostles, envisioned a political, Jewish kingdom as the context for all the blessings prophesied. The Messiah would be the literal king of a Jewish state, institute religious reforms, usher in blessing and restoration, stand as a defender of Israel from foreign domination, and then eventually extend His dominion over the whole earth.

 The association of the Messiah with a Kingdom was also an expectation of the Jews. Daniel declared that the God of heaven would set up a Kingdom that would never be destroyed and that it would be that of the Son of man who would come with clouds of heaven and would exercise an "everlasting dominion."3   Dan. 2:44, 7:13-14