The kingdom of heaven is not a matter of meat and drink but rather a life of progressive righteousness and increasing joy in the perfecting service of my Father who is in heaven. Since we understand that God is the Creator of all things, the extent of His realm must be the whole world. But it was not a kingdom with human glory like David's or Solomon's, but one with spiritual glory like the Kingdom in the Wilderness, where the King himself dwelt in the midst of his people. The message of the gospel is much fuller and deeper. This again could not refer to those who are merely professing faith, but only to those genuinely saved. Jesus frequently talks about the Kingdom of Heaven as a present reality with a future final fulfillment. According to Israel’s teachers, the first instance of the kingdom of God in the Hebrew scriptures can be found in the book of Exodus, in the “Song of Moses” where Israel is celebrating one of the definitive events of their history: The rescue from the harsh bondage of Egypt. By contrast, the kingdom of God when used of a spiritual kingdom includes only saved men and elect angels. In the opening of that passage we call “The Sermon on the Mount,” Jesus said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.”. The movie captures th… The kingdom of heaven would thus be so entitled because it is already realized there, and is, through prayer and effort, to be transferred thence to this earth. The kingdom of heaven consists all of the following; joy, peace, patience, happiness, love, fear of God, righteousness, wisdom, understanding, purity, holiness, hate of evil, etc. Jesus also used this phrase to describe those who were a committed part of His movement. Matthew 12:26 refers to Satan’s kingdom, i.e., the sphere of rule which God has permitted Satan. In 1 Corinthians 15:50 additional confirmation is given in the statement, “Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God.” The context goes on to speak of the translation and the resurrection of the righteous. At least five passages in Matthew referring to the kingdom of heaven seem to be precisely parallel to passages in the other gospels in which the expression kingdom of God is used. Mark 1:15), Matthew 11:11 (cp. This has led some to the conclusion that at least in some passages the expression should not be taken as completely identical. In fact, the phrase “the kingdom of heaven” is used over thirty times in Matthew’s Gospel. The following is an excerpt from The MacArthur New Testament Commentary on Matthew 3. The dispensational distinction does not stem from the difference in meaning of the kingdom of God and the kingdom of heaven, but rather from the distinction between the present forms of these kingdoms and the future forms of these kingdoms. The easy answer would be to note that a kingdom is that territory over which a king reigns. He is considered perhaps the world's foremost interpreter of biblical prophecy.John is perhaps best known for his bestselling work on Bible prophecy, Armageddon... More, 4. also Luke 13:23 with Luke 13:28-29; Luke 18:24-26; John 3:3, 5); (4) kingdom of God subject to rapid growth (Mark 4:30-32; Luke 13:18-19); (5) kingdom of God to come with power (Mark 9:1; Luke 9:27); (6) kingdom of God likened unto children and childlikeness is a condition for entrance (Mark 10:14-15; Luke 18:16-17); (7) kingdom of God difficult to enter (Mark 10:23-25; Luke 18:24-25; John 3:5; Acts 14:22); (8) Christ to drink fruit of the vine with disciples in kingdom of God (Mark 14:25; Luke 22:18); (9) kingdom of God promised to righteous (Luke 6:20; 1 Cor 6:9-10; Gal 5:21; Eph 5:5; 2 Thess 1:5); (10) “birds,” representing Satan, lodge in its branches (Mark 4:30-32; Luke 13:19 [note that Satan is not a branch, however]); (11) kingdom of God contains leaven, that is, evil in doctrine, externalism, unbelief, and worldliness (Luke 13:20-21); (12) kingdom of God inward and unseen rather than outward and seen (Luke 17:20-21), but the coming of the Son of man will be seen, however (cp. If you use a concordance to find the phrase “kingdom of heaven” (or kingdom of God) anywhere in the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament), we find a surprising number of results:  Zero. For example, upon casting out one demon, Jesus said, “But if it is by the finger of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.” (Luke 11:20). By contrast to this, the kingdom of heaven is compared to the sowing of seed in the field which produces both wheat and tares, with the separation coming only at the time of harvest. A spiritual rule of God also exists in the hearts and lives of those who put their trust in Jesus Christ. It is clear from the outline of major features of the kingdom of heaven that it parallels many of the major features of the kingdom of God. The way we use the english axioms, “For Heaven’s sake” or “Only Heaven knows” is similar. In this passage it is clear that only those who are born again may enter the kingdom of God. Heaven is a very common term in the Bible, used for the sky; for the space beyond our atmosphere; and for God’s dwelling place. Daniel also makes the statement that the “God of heaven” will “set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed” (Dan 2:44; confirmed in the prophecy of Dan 7:13-14, 27.) Interestingly, Matthew is … Many would answer that the gospel is that Jesus died on the cross for your sins so that you can go to heaven someday. Jesus promised, that He would give the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. In this teaching, I will outline what Jesus meant with the words Kingdom of God and Kingdom of Heaven, and how he proclaimed, explained,… “At hand” was just a way of saying, it’s here, now. Several passages of Scripture show that God is the undeniable Monarch of all creation: “The LORD has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all” (Psalm 103:19). It is a spiritual kingdom which extends to every heart and life that acknowledges his kingship and obeys his commands. Mark 4:30-31), and Matthew 10:7 (cp. There is a realm of spiritual blessing into which we may enter today and enjoy in part but in reality the blessings of God's Kingdom (reign).” The kingdom of heaven is neither a social nor economic order; it is an exclusively spiritual brotherhood of God-knowing individuals. 1 Chron 29:11-12). Jesus concluded His message on trusting God for the necessities of life with this sentence, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you”(Matthew 6:33 ESV). The apostle Matthew used "kingdom of heaven" 32 times in his account about Jesus Christ's life and teachings. And as we find out in this gospel, it has been coming to earth for ages, but now, the doors are wide open. Hence, if it were stated that Neiman Marcus is located in Dallas, it would refer to Dallas County or Dallas City but not to Dallas Seminary. Here again the reference seems to be to the kingdom of God rather than the kingdom of heaven. • leaven (Matthew 13:33) Those thus gathered are not separated until the final judgment or the harvest, but are distinguished from all fishes in the sea by the fact that they are in the net. For this reason, from man’s point of view the kingdom of God and the kingdom of heaven are very similar, but God who sees the heart can distinguish the wheat from the tares even now. By contrast the kingdom of God is everlasting and universal. It was this sphere of the kingdoms of this world which Satan offered to Christ (Matt 4:8). Matthew 5:3 Jesus was not saying that Christians go to heaven.In these verses, "of" shows possession, not location. Since the King was here, the kingdom was here. The phrase “kingdom of God” is used 68 times throughout the New Testament. When one is a loyal subject of the King, he or she will desire to please this King in everything he or she says and does. Within the universal kingdom of God, however, there are other concepts referred to as kingdoms. Both statements are true though the City of Dallas is not the same as Dallas Seminary. If this is all true, then how should it change the way we live and communicate the good news? We enter into a lifelong process of growing into that aim. The kingdom of God was one of Jesus’ most talked about topics, but it’s hardly a well-grasped concept for believers today. God's Kingdom is the realm of the Age to Come, popularly called heaven; then we shall realize the blessings of His Kingdom (reign) in the perfection of their fullness. For has not the Father said of his children of the world, 'It is my will that they should eventually be perfect, even as I am perfect. ' The phrase “kingdom of God” occurs 68 times in 10 different New Testament books, while “kingdom of heaven” occurs only 32 times, and only in the Gospel of Matthew. Luke 9:2). The Scriptures also recognize earthly kingdoms over which God has allowed evil men to rule (Dan 4:17). But Jesus didn’t just proclaim the kingdom’s arrival…. Kingdom of Heaven is a 2005 epic historical drama film directed and produced by Ridley Scott and written by William Monahan.It stars Orlando Bloom, Eva Green, Ghassan Massoud, Jeremy Irons, David Thewlis, Brendan Gleeson, Iain Glen, Marton Csokas, Liam Neeson, Edward Norton, Michael Sheen, Velibor Topić and Alexander Siddig.. The fact is that Christ probably spoke in Aramaic, and this would require translation as well as condensation. Proclaiming the kingom’s arrival with His arrival, Teaching His followers how to live in the kingdom as His follower, Demonstrating it with acts of healing and redemption, The Person of Himself, for the King had arrived, The Power of redemption breaking in (through the Holy Spirit) to restore. (In fact, the gospel has more to do with God coming down than us going up. He dressed, ate, drank, worshipped, and lived as a Jew. The precise character of the kingdom and its place in the unfolding of the divine plan of God remains, however, in controversy. They were Christian knights and soldiers who had taken a religious vow to recapture the sacred sites in the Holy Land (modern Israel). I find that the “gospel” can be consistently and coherently explained by the Kingdom of Heaven. This again is under the guidance of the Spirit and does not in any sense misrepresent what Christ has actually said. Not every person has the kingdom of heaven in him/her even those claiming to have it. Mark 4:11 and Luke 8:10), Matthew 13:31 (cp. If we want to know about the kingdom we must know about the King of that kingdom and whether it is the kingdom of heaven or the kingdom of God we are talking about. It is probable that the reference is to the kingdom of God, for the passage states: “But seek ye first his kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matt 6:33 ASV). Answer: While some believe that the Kingdom of God and Kingdom of Heaven are referring to different things, it is clear that both phrases are referring to the same thing. Directed by Ridley Scott. This is what we have laid out so far: That Jesus took a well known term from the teachers of His day and used it for His own movement…. (See for example Ephesians 1:10 and Romans 8:20-21). It could just have correctly been translated, "heaven's kingdom" just as we often use "God's Kingdom" rather than "Kingdom of God. Some considered the kingdom as future, illustrated in the view of Albert Schweitzer, who anticipated a future intrusion of God into history. The exegetical decision, however, involved in this case does not affect premillennialism as a whole nor dispensationalism; and the system of theology of those who make the terms identical can be almost precisely the same as that of those who distinguish the term. As previously indicated, the expression kingdom of heaven is confined to Matthew’s Gospel. Countless books have been written in an effort to expound the precise meaning of the concept of the kingdom in the Scriptures. Generally speaking, most liberal theologians as well as conservative amillenarians have found the kingdom of heaven to be equivalent to the concept of the kingdom of God and fulfilled in a spiritual rule of God in the hearts of those who put their trust in Christ. For me, this is earth and church-shattering. For many years, even some of the brightest scholars have confused the scriptures on this point, believing the word heaven, used as such, to have some difference from “Kingdom of God.”  But the historical context dictates that we ought to understand it as merely another way of saying the Name of God. Do other Christians you know talk about it? He that hath ears, let him hear” (ASV). A quite significant reference is found in Matthew 19.24, where Christ said: “It is easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God” (ASV). The present discussion concerns the particular phrase the kingdom of heaven. It is clear that the gospel narratives are reports in which the messages of Christ are condensed and to some extent interpreted under the guidance of the Spirit. "Christianity is not a religion, but a relationship". The precise character of the kingdom in the present age as well as the precise character of the kingdom in the millennial period, however, is still subject to various definitions. To be sure, the expression heavenly kingdom is found in 2 Timothy 4:18, but there is no contextual evidence that this is an identical expression. But this primary emphasis of Jesus ministry is often misunderstood. The problem arises, however, in that certain features are mentioned of the kingdom of heaven which seem to contradict statements in some passages relating to the kingdom of God. Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand.” In fact, he is more explicit than that in Luke 11:20: “If it is by the finger of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.” The kingdom of heaven is in the small and seemingly insignificant—but it is in the here and now, in the present, and God is inviting us to join him. What is the most important thing that followers of Jesus have to communicate? The sphere of profession today, especially in the United States of America, is comparatively an easy state. John F. Walvoord, long-time president of Dallas Theological Seminary, was one of the most prominent evangelical scholars of his generation. Yet we do know that Jesus himself did not make this term up. Many would answer “the gospel.” It’s become something of a cliché word. Narrowing the field of investigation to premillennialism, one is still beset by a bewildering lack of uniformity in interpretation. But this primary emphasis of Jesus ministry is often misunderstood. Many other expressions can be related to the kingdom of God such as “thy kingdom” (Matt 6:10), “heavenly kingdom” (2 Tim 4:18), “kingdom of his dear Son” (Col 1:13), “kingdom of Christ and of God” (Eph 5:5), “my Father’s kingdom” (Matt 26:29), “everlasting kingdom” (2 Pet 1:11), “my kingdom” John 18:36; Luke 22:30), “his kingdom” (Matt 6:33; Luke 12:31, ASV), and many references simply to “kingdom.”. Among conservative scholars there is general agreement that God is sovereign over the universe. If those of us who claim to know Jesus do not have the faintest idea, priority, or exposure to the idea of the Kingdom of Heaven, then are we really following Jesus at all? 1-2), The LORD had “become their salvation” in that final, rescuing act of demolishing Pharoah’s army in the Red Sea. The passage would obviously have more meaning if kingdom here referred to the sphere of salvation only. Why did Matthew use the term “kingdom of heaven”? Concisely then, for the sages of Israel, the “kingdom of heaven” became of a way of saying that God had broken into the world with a redemptive, restorative, saving act. Jesus Christ, David’s descendant, will reign with all subject to his righteous rule. The story is set during the Crusades of the 12th century. Why Does Matthew Use “Kingdom of Heaven” Instead of “Kingdom of God”? In contrast to the kingdom of heaven, however, the kingdom of God, when used in a spiritual sense, is entered only by new birth. Amillenarians tend to affirm that it is. Although scholars will continue to differ on this point, a careful exegesis of the passages on the kingdom of heaven seems to confirm the thought that it is a sphere of profession in contrast to the kingdom of God as the sphere of the actual rule of God. So when Jesus came preaching, "Repent for the kingdom of heaven is near" (Matthew … As previously indicated, the expression kingdom of heaven is confined to Matthew’s Gospel. Our relationships can be mended and restored. These passages are Matthew 4:17 (cp. • a treasure hidden in a field (Matthew 13:44) Early in his Gospel account of Christ’s life he stated: “In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!’” (Matthew 3:1-2, emphasis added throughout). Knowing that kingdom of Heaven and kingdom of God are simply two ways of saying the same thing, what is the kingdom of Heaven, anyway? In fact, it appears that the gospel is indeed about being forgiven, but even more so about reconciliation and restoration. While Matthew, who addresses himself to the Jews, speaks for the most part of the “kingdom of God,” which has the same meaning as the “kingdom of heaven,” but was more intelligible to non-Jews. Part of the explanation may lie in the fact that the messages of the four gospels are known to conform to the pattern and theme of the book. A kingdom is nothing without a king and our King is Jesus Christ and we are told to seek first the kingdom above all things (Matt 6:33) and this really means that we must seek the King of that kingdom first and foremost. But what is the gospel, or good news? If the expression had been, “These are the sons of the kingdom of heaven,” it would obviously have destroyed the concept of the kingdom of heaven as a sphere of profession. We can conclude that Jesus opened his ministry with these words to say that the King-Messiah had arrived in the person of Himself. In Matthew 13:38 another reference is found to kingdom in the statement:”The good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom; and the tares are the sons of the evil one” (ASV). The general character of Matthew 13 is that it is dealing with the external aspect of the kingdom, or Christendom in its largest dimension, rather than with the body of the saved particularly. In each case the context has to determine the usage. Another confirmation is found in 1 Corinthians 15:24, where the kingdom is declared to be delivered by Christ to the Father as a token of His victory. Hence, it is not talking about mere profession, but about profession that outwardly deceives and conveys the impression of reality. Luke 17:24); (13) kingdom of God not to appear immediately to the world (Luke 19:11-27); (14) kingdom of God characterized by righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit (Rom 14:17); (15) kingdom of God to be delivered to the Father (1 Cor 15:24); (16) kingdom of God inherited only by incorruptible beings (1 Cor 15:50); (17) Gentiles will be in the kingdom of God (Luke 13:29). ): Although, however, the phrase held this master position in … Sinai, Y-H-W-H, with an utter reverence. In other words, to be a part of the kingdom of God required a certain humility (“poor in spirit”). In other words, Jesus would use the phrase to refer to: The very centrality of the kingdom of heaven to Jesus raises a whole set of questions: Have you heard the kingdom of heaven talked about often in your church, Bible study, or gathering of other followers? A comparison of these features of the kingdom of heaven and the kingdom of God reveal many similarities: (1) both are at hand; (2) some features of both designated mysteries; (3) both entered only by the righteous as even profession requires outward conformity; (4) both include saved men; (5) both grow rapidly; (6) both have “birds” representing Satan and his angels, but in neither are these an organic part of the tree; (7) individuals in both likened unto children; (8) both are difficult to enter; (9) both have leaven, symbolic of bad doctrine, externalism, unbelief, and worldliness; (10) both contain Gentiles. The LORD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him…” (vss. Daniel also makes the statement that the “God of heaven” will “set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed” (Dan 2:44; confirmed in the prophecy of Dan 7:13-14, 27.) The facts are to the contrary, as it is purely an exegetical problem. Based on the principle of interpretation that the context must determine the meaning of an expression, it would seem clear that in parallel passages the emphasis is on similarity of concept. King Baldwin's vision of peace--a kingdom of heaven--is shared by a handful of knights, including Godfrey of Ibelin, who swear to uphold it with their lives and honor. The New Testament usage of the kingdom of God indicates at least seventeen descriptive facts related to this expression. We become more like God intended us to be now. This essay may appear controversial; it seems failure to… It was difficult for a Jew even to make an outward profession of faith because it would mean loss of friends, family, and wealth. This statement would be equally true whether “Dallas” meant Dallas County, Dallas City, or Dallas Seminary; but this does not make Dallas Seminary equivalent to the City of Dallas; nor is the City of Dallas equivalent to the County of Dallas. On the basis of the contextual study of the terms as found in the New Testament, it may be concluded that there is some evidence that while the kingdom of heaven is similar in many respects to the kingdom of God and in some contexts they seem to be used synonymously, in others the kingdom of heaven is contrasted to the sphere of God’s actual spiritual rule. It is obvious that many quotations in the Bible are not precise, that is, the Holy Spirit quotes with freedom, and quotations may be general when based on a particular statement or particular when based on a general statement. Jesus was emphasizing the importance of making God, and His Will, the center of one’s life. In every case, however, what is said in Matthew of the kingdom of heaven in these particular verses happens to be equally true of the kingdom of God and vice versa, that is, there is no real contradiction. Mark uses the word gospel in this way because the good news about Jesus includes his birth, life, teaching, miracles, death, resurrection and acension. Matthew, the former tax collector turned disciple of Jesus of Nazareth, often wrote about the Kingdom of Heaven. The Search OF the Savior: Why Jesus Came, Part 1 (Luke 19:1-10), Bible Storying Series - Teaching The Story Of God Chronologically, Bible Teaching Ideas: The Ten Commandments And Ten Fingers. One of the principal areas of debate is the premillennial versus the amillennial concept of the kingdom. Ps 72). You cannot lack these (and many more) in you and claim to have the kingdom of heaven. According to Matthew 13:43, “Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. In support of this distinction, John 3:3-5 states that one cannot enter into the kingdom of God without being born again or born from above. The kingdom of God is not going to appear immediately, and yet repeatedly, Jesus says, “The kingdom is at hand. “The kingdom of Heaven” was a highly developed term at this time in Jesus’ life: Israel’s sages used the term to describe the ruling, saving, liberating, redemptive acts of God. The concept of the universe as a divine kingdom over which God as King rules sovereignly is a familiar theme in the Scriptures (cp. Obviously casting out demons would not necessarily prove the coming of a professing kingdom, but indicates the reality of the power of the true kingdom of God. As Godfrey passes his sword to his son, he also passes on that sacred oath: to protect the helpless, safeguard the peace, and work toward harmony between religions and cultures, so that a kingdom of heaven can flourish on earth. But that’s the subject of another article), Does your understanding of the good news of the Kingdom of Heaven align with Jesus’? Upholding the concept of a kingdom on earth following the second coming of Christ are such volumes as J. Dwight Pentecost’s Things to Come; The Greatness of the Kingdom, by Alva McClain; and the writer’s The Millennial Kingdom. If the core motif of Jesus ministry was the kingdom of Heaven, why do we talk about it so little? Although the religious rulers of the Jews made a profession of following God which could be said to be in the widest sphere of profession, Christ here again is talking of the sphere of reality or of salvation, and so Matthew’s Gospel uses the expression “the kingdom of God.”. From these Old Testament prophecies it can be demonstrated that the millennial form of the kingdom will be outwardly a sphere of profession and, therefore, conformed to Matthew’s concept of the kingdom of heaven. If you asked a group of people to define it, you would probably get a variety of answers. (Matthew 6:33). In a word, it is the issue as to whether the present form of the kingdom, whether it be kingdom of God or kingdom of heaven, is the predicted millennial form. This is a picture of profession, as the tares look like the wheat, but their true character will be revealed at the final judgment. Could the reason some many self-identified “Christians” live poorly is because their gospel has more to do with going to heaven someday than becoming part of Jesus movement now? However, many Christians are confused about what it means. As a comparison, “kingdom of heaven” is only used 32 times and found exclusively in … In a similar way, while in many parallel passages the same affirmation can be made of the kingdom of heaven and the kingdom of God, it is in passages where distinctions may be observed that the contrasts are indicated. The kingdom of heaven or the kingdom of God is the central theme of Jesus’ preaching, according to the Synoptic Gospels. The problem is, you don’t really see Jesus say this anywhere in any of the gospel accounts. This raises a whole new set of questions for those desiring to follow Jesus. For instance, the statement might be made that Mosher Library is located at Dallas. A good example of this is The Kingdom of God by John Bright, the 1952 Abingdon-Cokesbury award winner. The future millennial form of the kingdom is no mystery as this is the subject of much Old Testament prophecy. Have we been missing out on the true message of Jesus? The Psalmist for instance wrote: “Jehovah hath established his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all” (Ps 103:19, ASV). The final reference in Matthew to the kingdom of God is found in Matthew 21:31, where Jesus said: “Verily I say unto you, that the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you” (ASV). By its nature the professing kingdom or the kingdom of heaven requires outward conformity of such similiarity to the kingdom of God that the wheat and the tares can only be separated at the harvest. It should pique our attention that the one who prepared the way for Jesus public ministry proclaimed the message, “Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” (Matthew 3:2). We see and example of this in the parable of the prodigal son, where, upon confessing his sin, the prodigal says to his father, “I have sinned against you and against heaven.” The prodigal was not saying that he sinned against a place, but against the LORD Himself. The background to the British director’s movie was the decline and the fall of the First Kingdom of Jerusalem (1091-1087). The kingdom of heaven might be the aisle of the grocery store, a cup of coffee with a new friend, or even our table over a meal. This kingdom was established by the Crusaders after they had captured the city in 1081. 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