Admittedly, the kingdom is one of the most complicated subjects in the Bible.
But the kingdom must be a great matter in the Bible, for in nearly every book of the New Testament, from Matthew to Revelation, the kingdom is touched on.
What is the kingdom of God? It is simply the rule or government of God. In order for God to exercise His authority and fulfill His purpose, He must have a kingdom.
In Matthew 6, the Lord prayed concerning “Your kingdom come…”
When John the Baptist came, he came preaching repentance for the kingdom (Matt. 3:2).
Jesus opened His ministry on earth with the same words, “Repent, for the kingdom of the heavens has drawn near.”
Throughout the Bible, again and again the kingdom is mentioned. The Bible concludes with this matter of the kingdom.
- The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ, and He will reign forever and ever” (Rev. 11:15).
At the very end of the Bible, we see that God will have a kingdom where He can exercise His authority. This is the only place where He will be able to fully accomplish His eternal purpose.
Have you ever realized that there is such a line throughout the Scriptures?
- Then the end, when He delivers up the kingdom to His God and Father, once He has abolished all rule and all authority and power. (1 Cor. 15:24);
At the end, when He has delivered the kingdom to God, eternity will begin. The Lord and the church, will rule and reign together forever and ever (Rev. 11:15, 12:20, 22:5).
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