Kingdom of God Part 1

January 1, 2010

Here on A Jesus Moment we have a series of short (20 – 30 minute) teaching videos, audios, and notes that we feel help to explain what being a Christian is all about. We call this collection Preaching in Shorts. This part of the Preaching in Shorts collection is about the Kingdom of God which is central to the message and ministry of Jesus. The Kingdom of God teachings in this series were influenced heavily by Ladd’s “Gospel of the Kingdom” and John Wimbers teachings on the Kingdom.

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The Kingdom of God was central to the message and ministry of Jesus. To understand the Kingdom of God is to understand the theme from which the ministry of Jesus and the writings in the New Testament flow.

The Kingdom of God concept is rooted in the Old Testament. The prophets declared the Kingdom as a day in which men and women would live together in peace; where social problems would be solved and the evil would pass away.

Isaiah 2:4 (NIV)
4 He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.

Isaiah 11:6 (NIV)
6 The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them.

Central to the ministry of Jesus was the concept of the Kingdom of God. The authors of the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) filled their books with teaching about the Kingdom. They often summarized the material as the beginning of Mark illustrates.

Mark 1:14-15 (NIV)
14 After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 15 “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!” Mark’s brief summary demonstrates the idea of the words and works of Jesus. Matthew summarized in a similar fashion. He succinctly shows the ministry of Jesus in 4.23 and 9.35 as it centered on the Kingdom.

Matthew 4:23 (NIV)
23 Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.

Matthew 9:35 (NIV)
35 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.

Jesus also summarized the message of the Kingdom when he gave instructions to his twelve disciples.

Matthew 10:1 (NIV)
1 He called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.
The term Kingdom was frequently on the lips of Jesus and the idea of the Kingdom was central to the proclamation of Jesus. His words were designed to demonstrate for us how to enter the Kingdom.

Matthew 5:20 (NIV)
20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 7:21 (NIV)
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.

His works authenticated that the Kingdom was present in his ministry.

Matthew 12:28 (NIV)
28 But if I drive out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.

His parables informed us about the mysteries of the Kingdom.

Matthew 13:11 (NIV)
11 He replied, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them.

His prayers modeled for his disciples the desire of his heart, which was that the Kingdom would come to earth.

Matthew 6:10 (NIV)
10 your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

His death, resurrection, and ascension made us the instruments of the Kingdom.

Acts 1:8 (NIV)
8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

His Second Coming promises the consummation of the Kingdom for his children.

Matthew 25:31 (NIV)
31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory.

Matthew 25:34 (NIV)
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.

Realm. Kingdom is normally understood as a realm over which a king rules. A modern day example of this idea was the United Kingdom which was made up of many nations: Great Britain, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, etc. People live in the Kingdom (a place) and are subjects of the King or Queen who exercises his or her authority over his or her subjects.

Reign-Rule. Another way to view the idea of Kingdom is found in its dictionary definition:

“The reign or rule a king has over his subjects.” This definition is closer to the primary meaning of the Hebrew and Greek words than the concept of realm. In Hebrew the word for Kingdom is malkût (mal-coot). The Greek word is basileia (bah-see-lay-a).

Dr. James Kallas suggests in his book Jesus and the Power of Satan that Jesus never explained the Kingdom because the people to whom he was speaking knew what it meant or thought they knew what it meant (Kallas, 1968, 119). The Old Testament presents the Kingdom in the context of Jewish messianic expectation and eschatology. They believed that God would deliver them, which was their hope for the future. Israel reached its apex during the rule of King David and King Solomon. From that point forward Israel began to descend. At the death of Solomon the Kingdom divided into two Kingdoms with their own kings and governments. This division set in place a longing among the Jews for God to restore to them their past blessings.

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