Understanding The Kingdom of God

Kingdom-of-GodLast Sunday, we looked at Jesus’ teaching to pray, “Your Kingdom come…” (Matthew 6:10). But what is the Kingdom? As promised, below is every reference to the Kingdom of God in the New Testament that tells us what it is like. Prayerfully study these verses, and consider how the Lord is calling you to walk worthy of His Kingdom, and to pray for its coming in your life!

The Kingdom of God is…

Requires repentance (Matt 3:2)

Where God’s perfectly just decisions are recorded (II Thess. 1:5)

Coming from heaven to earth (Matt 6:10)

A promised blessing He gives to those who love Him (Jam 2:5)

Not valued or observed by the world (Luke 17:20)

Not of this world (John 18:36)

Mainly about righteousness, peace, joy, the Holy Spirit (Rom 14:17)

A blessing to the obedient, but condemning to disobedient (Matt 5:19)

Not divided, but unified on Christ (Mk 3:24)

Overcoming the kingdoms of the world (Rev 11:15)

Imminent in this world (Matt 3:2)

A realm of healing, peace, and shalom (Matt 4:23)

A place of blessing and safety (Matt 5:3, 10)

Full of perfect righteousness (Matt 5:20)

Most important, where all other blessings are found (Matt 6:33)

Exclusively for those who do the will of God (Matt 7:21)

Inclusive of people from every tribe, tongue, and nation (Matt 8:11)

The opposite of hell, eternal darkness, and torment (Matt 8:12)

Where the least are the greatest, humble are exalted (Matt 18:3-4)

Where the Spirit demonstrates His power over evil & death (Matt 12:28)

Opposed by Satan and not understood by the world (Matt 13:19)

Where the judgment occurs for the righteous and the wicked (Matt 13:41)

Always growing and expanding by God’s power (Matt 13:33)

Infinitely valuable and the place of all true riches (Matt 13:44)

For the children, the poor, and the hopeless (Matt 19:14, 24; 23:13)

Being made ready for those who are ready to meet the King (Matt 25:1)

Created before the foundation of the world (Matt 25:34)

Where the Gospel is believed in its fullness (Mk 1:15)

Secretly understood only by the Spirit and faith (Mk 4:11; Rom 8:9)

A kingdom that will never end (Luke 1:33)

Not for hesitation, but must be received immediately (Lk 9:60, 62)

A realm of healing, health, and perfection (Lk 10:9)

More important than anything else (Lk 12:31)

Given by the Father gladly to those who receive in faith (Lk 12:32)

In the midst of the faithful by Christ’s Spirit (Lk 17:21)

A realm where all that we lack is made up doubly (Lk 18:29-30)

Not going to appear immediately in its fullness (Lk 19:11)

Heralded by the signs of the End in the Little Apocalypse (Lk 21:5-38)

Governed by the moral law of Christ in love (Mk 12:33-34)

Covenanted from the Father to Christ, who covenants it to elect (Lk 22:29)

The place of feasting for the faithful (Lk 22:30)

Only for those who have been born again of the Spirit (Jn 3:3, 5)

Not advanced by earthly forms of power (Jn 18:36)

Going to be restored by the Father at His timing (Acts 1:6-7)

The reward for those who undergo many tribulations (Act 14:22)

Not about following rules for eating and drinking (Rom 14:17)

Not about talking and words but demonstrations of power (I Cor 4:20)

Not inherited by the unrighteous or those who make a lifestyle of sin (I Cor 6:9)

Handed back to the Father by Christ (I Cor 15:24)

Unable to be inherited by flesh and blood (I Cor 15:50)

A warning to those who make a lifestyle of sin (Gal 5:21)

Not for the sexually immoral or covetous idolaters (Eph 5:5)

The new dwelling for redeemed after kingdom of darkness (Col 1:13)

Our calling and charge to walk worthy of the Gospel and God (I Thess 2:12)

For those who have been found worthy by enduring suffering (II Thess 1:5)

Currently found in the heavenly places in God’s presence (II Tim 4:18)

Ongoing forever and ever by Jesus’ rule and reign (Heb 1:8)

A realm of awesome holiness that cannot be shaken (Heb 12:26-28)

A reversal of the world’s priorities of power & wealth (Jam 2:5)

Entered by election and perseverance of faith (II Pet 1:10-11)

Made up of believers transformed into royal priests forever (Rev 1:6; 5:10)

Coming in Christ’s power after Satan has been thrown down (Rev 12:10)

About blund

Brian J. Lund is minister of Word & Sacrament at Zion Evangelical & Reformed Church. You can follow him at his website or @BrianJLund.
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