What’s the Kingdom of God? – Understanding Jesus

Some of the vital themes of Jesus’ ministry is the theme of “kingdom.” Matthew makes use of the phrase, “kingdom of heaven,” whereas Mark and Luke desire the time period, “kingdom of God.” Virtually all the pieces Jesus taught revolved across the thought of the dominion, however many people actually don’t perceive the importance of Jesus’ “kingdom” educating. Listed here are some issues that may assist us perceive what Jesus means when he teaches concerning the kingdom of God.

The Promise of a Kingdom

The Hebrew prophets, who lived lengthy earlier than Jesus, promised {that a} particular sort of kingdom would someday be arrange on the earth. Daniel stated (2:44-45),

The God of heaven will arrange a kingdom that shall by no means be destroyed, nor shall the dominion be left to a different individuals. It shall break in items all these kingdoms and convey them to an finish, and it shall stand without end.

Different prophets, like Micah (see chapter 4), stated it might be a kingdom made up of a remnant of the tribes of Israel, in addition to individuals from each nation on the earth. God would collect up all of the troubled individuals of the earth, like a shepherd gathers his sheep, and rule over them.

Isaiah stated (11:3-5) of the King whom God would anoint to reign over this kingdom,

He shall not choose by what his eyes see, or determine disputes by what his ears hear, however with righteousness he shall choose the poor, and determine with fairness for the meek of the earth; and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the depraved. Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist, and faithfulness the belt of his loins.

This God-anointed king would convey a couple of endless period of peace and prosperity to all of the individuals over whom he reigned. These have been the types of guarantees God had made to his individuals concerning the coming kingdom:

  • Enthrone an ideal shepherd to do God’s will
  • Collect up the dispersed tribes of Israel
  • Deliver an finish to the kingdoms that have been stuffed with violence and injustice
  • Welcome individuals of each overseas nation into the dominion
  • Usher in a remaining and endless period of peace and prosperity

That is what it meant to count on the Messiah (God’s anointed King). That is what it meant to search for the “kingdom of God” or “kingdom of heaven.”

The False Expectations

Sadly, we regularly are likely to assume Jesus’ contemporaries had utterly misguided concepts concerning the kingdom and the Messiah. The reality is, the Jews of Jesus’ have been proper about what God was going to result in, they have been simply incorrect about how he would convey it about. The Jews thought the anointed King would set up God’s reign in the identical approach Rome’s generals established Caesar’s reign all around the earth. The dominion of Rome reigned over the earth as a result of Caesar killed and conquered everybody who stood against him.

That is the best way each kingdom gave the impression to be arrange and established, why would God’s kingdom be any totally different? They anticipated God would appoint a powerful Jewish chief, who would lead trustworthy and zealous Jews on a navy marketing campaign, overthrowing the forces of Rome and establishing Jerusalem as the brand new middle of the world.

There can be peace and prosperity on the earth as a result of all the evil and depraved individuals can be put to dying by the sword of the Messiah. The entire world would observe the Legislation of Moses and worship YHWH, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

The Teachings of Jesus the King

When Jesus got here asserting the dominion of God that the prophets had foretold, individuals have been anxious to listen to his tackle the dominion. Jesus primarily taught concerning the kingdom in parables and these parables have to be learn within the context of the Jewish hopes and expectations. Contemplate the parables in Matthew 13, the place Jesus taught the next concepts:

  • Sower – You should have the suitable kind of coronary heart to have the ability to obtain the educating concerning the kingdom and stay trustworthy to the King for the lengthy journey forward.
  • Weeds – The age of the Messiah will start even whereas the age of evil nonetheless continues, with sons of the evil one and sons of the dominion rising aspect by aspect on this planet till the top of the age.
  • Leaven and Mustard Seed – The dominion isn’t going to come back about impulsively, however will begin slowly and develop progressively till it fills the entire earth.
  • Treasure and Pearl – The dominion is value looking for and promoting all the pieces in an effort to possess.

However maybe essentially the most useful parable is one I’ve usually missed. Jesus stated on the finish of this part of parables, “Subsequently each scribe who has been educated for the dominion of heaven is sort of a grasp of a home, who brings out of his treasure what’s new and what’s previous (Matthew 13:52). I believe what Jesus means is that if somebody goes to grasp the dominion of heaven, they must mix the previous treasures (the guarantees of the prophets) with the brand new treasures (the issues he was revealing and disclosing to them).

Sadly, I believe many people right this moment are usually good about bringing out what’s “new,” however usually ignore what’s “old.”

The Kingdom of God

Jesus has, is, and can convey the dominion about which the prophets spoke. He didn’t arrange this kingdom by killing others, however by permitting himself to be killed; and he instructed his followers in the event that they needed to be a part of this kingdom, they must settle for the identical kind of destiny, taking over their cross and following him.

This kingdom was established not by struggle or violence, the best way different kingdoms are established, however via meekness and self-giving love. It’s a kingdom that began like a tiny mustard seed, has been rising for two,000 years, and can ultimately take over your complete earth. The meek, as Jesus stated, will someday inherit the earth (Matthew 5:5).

Sometime evil shall be utterly vanquished. The angels shall be despatched to collect out of the dominion all the evil-doers to face judgment. All that shall be left would be the little kids of the dominion, left to benefit from the reign and rule of God without end and ever, and “shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father” (Matthew 13:43).

I like you and God loves you,

Wes McAdams

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