Theology of the Kingdom

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If I were to ask you what your theology was regarding the Kingdom of God, how would you respond?  If you are like a lot of people, you would have no idea what I was talking about.  It seems as though we have lots of theology about everything else but not the Kingdom.  I find that a little odd.  Do you?  Maybe we need to talk about why it is important.

Jesus and the Kingdom

The Kingdom of God is mentioned by Jesus, or in connection with Him, over 100 times.

That’s hard to ignore.

What that indicates is that the Kingdom of God had a very central focus in Jesus’ ministry.  Even a casual look will show this to be true.

The Kingdom was His main message.

14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”  Mark 1:14 – 15

42 And when it was day, he departed and went into a desolate place. And the people sought him and came to him, and would have kept him from leaving them, 43 but he said to them, “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns as well; for I was sent for this purpose.” 44 And he was preaching in the synagogues of Judea.  Luke 4:42 – 44

And he went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people.  Matthew 4:23

He told stories about the Kingdom.

31 He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. 32 It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”

33 He told them another parable. “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven that a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, till it was all leavened.”  Matthew 13:31 – 33

His works demonstrated the Kingdom.

But if it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.  Matthew 12:28

He also told His disciples to preach the Kingdom.

5 These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them, “Go nowhere among the Gentiles and enter no town of the Samaritans, 6 but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7 And proclaim as you go, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’”  Matthew 10:5 – 7

59 To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” 60 And Jesus said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”  Luke 9:59 – 60

Just before He ascended back to the Father, Jesus was still talking about the Kingdom of God.

1 In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, 2 until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. 3 He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.  Acts 1:1 – 3

Where is Our Theology?

It’s clear that Jesus had a theology of God’s Kingdom.  It’s clear that He passed on a theology of the Kingdom to His disciples.  So where is our theology of the Kingdom?  A working theology of the Kingdom of God is an important component of living in the Reign.

M

Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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