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The Kingdom of God is…

April 2, 2013

XPISTOSThere has been much written in recent years about the Kingdom of God. However, with all its recent attention, there remains much left to be understood concerning the topic. The Kingdom, both as a doctrine and as a reality, is pregnant with intellectual tension and real life application. Consider these truths: The Kingdom has arrived in Christ, and yet we are to pray for it to come on earth as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:10) As Christians we are citizens of the Kingdom, and yet we are still living in a world gripped by evil. (1 John 5:19) We are to seek the Kingdom above all else, only then will our earthly needs be met. (Matthew 6:33) The Kingdom will come with much prayer, the Kingdom will come with great certainty, and it will be gifted to those who suffer persecution for the sake of righteousness. (Matthew 5:10) Many of the above statements seem contradictory and yet they are all accurate, as believers how do we make sense of these truths?

As a matter of introduction, we are going to briefly examine the scope of understanding concerning the Kingdom of God. Like many of the systematic doctrines of the church, the Kingdom of God does not lend itself to easy definition. Furthermore I am under no illusions that I will be capable to give any newer definition to the topic that what has already been given.

Over the next several posts we are going to examine the Kingdom of God, or as gospel writer Matthew refers to it, the Kingdom of Heaven. This series will be brief and is meant to spur thought and further study. Were the sky parchment and the oceans ink there would not be enough room to expand upon this topic to its conclusion. Our effort will be to examine four texts in the gospel of Matthew and ask, What does this passage say about the Kingdom of God/Heaven? And how is this truth applicable to our faith?

 

Post one: The Kingdom of God is: Greater than its Current Appearance…

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