A. A kingdom was to be given. (Lk. 12:31,32)B. Parables of Christ set forth the church as a kingdom. (Mt. 13:24,31,33,44,45, 47)C. The apostles were given authority in a kingdom. (Mt. 10:40; 16:18,19; Lk. 9:1,2; 22:29,30)D. In coming into the church people receive the kingdom. (Heb. 12:22,28)
A. The kingdom was preached as "at hand." (Matt. 3:2; Mk. 1:14,15)B. People living at the time of Christ were to witness the coming of the kingdom. ( Mk. 9:1) (cf. Lk. 9:27)C. After Pentecost the kingdom was spoken of as in existence. (Acts 8:12; 20:25; 19:8; 28:30,31; Col. 1:13; I Thess. 2:12)D. The Lord's supper is in the kingdom. (Lk. 22:16-18)
A. Jesus taught that he was king. (Lk. 23:1-3; Jn. 18:37)B. His throne and crown. (Lk. 1:32,33; I Tim. 6:15; Heb. 2:9)C. His territory. (Mt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8)D. His law. (Jn. 1:17; 12:48) (cf. Gal. 6:2)
A. Entered by the new birth (obedience). (Jn. 3:5; I Pet. 1:23; Matt. 7:21)B. Affections are to be centered on heavenly things. (Phil. 3:12-15; 20; Col. 3:1-4)C. Love and unity is essential. (Eph. 5:1,2; Lk. 11:17) (cf. I Cor. 1:10; Phil. 2:2)D. Sacrifice is required. (Rom. 12:1,2)
A. Its subjects will shine forth as the sun. (Mt. 13:43)B. It will be taken from earth to be with God eternally. (I Cor. 15:24) (cf. I Jn. 3:2)
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