The “Kingdom of Heaven” is mentioned numerous times in the bible. Exactly what is the kingdom of heaven? Is it here now, or is it to be established sometime in the future? As with all bible questions, let us look to the bible for bible answers.

John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea saying, “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matt. 3:1,2). We can gather from this statement that the kingdom was very near at that time. In Christ’s model prayer, he prayed to God for the kingdom to come (Matt. 6:10). Jesus tells his apostles to go preach saying, “the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matt. 10:7). In his parables, Jesus compares the kingdom to a field sown of good seed and tares, a mustard seed, a lump of leaven, a great treasure, a pearl of great price, and a fishing net (Matt. 13). He goes on to explain each parable in detail. Jesus tells us we must be converted and become as little children and humble ourselves to enter into the kingdom of heaven (Matt. 18). Jesus also says, “verily, verily, except a man be born of water and the spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God” (John 3:5). In the parable of the laborers in the vineyard, Christ promises a just reward for all who would labor in the kingdom (Matt. 20). All are invited to the kingdom, but one must be suitably attired and prepared, spiritually, to enter in (Matt. 22 and 25). Clearly the kingdom Christ rules over is spiritual and not a worldly entity (John 18:36,37). We as Christians, must be like unto that kingdom, that is in this world, but not of this world.

The word church, kingdom, and body are used interchangeably in the new testament. (Heb. 12:28, Col. 1:18, I Cor. 1:2, Acts 20:28, Rom. 16:16, Eph. 5:29,30) Christ promised to build his church and give Peter the keys to the kingdom (Matt. 16:18,19). We can know that the kingdom has come, for Jesus told some who were standing there that they would not taste death, till they see him coming in his kingdom (Matt. 16:28). On the day of Pentecost we plainly see Christ’s promise coming to fruition. Peter was indeed given the keys and opened the kingdom to all mankind, when he preached the first gospel sermon of the kingdom. On that great day, about 3000 souls were baptized and added to the church by God. (Acts 2). Jesus will reign as king over his kingdom until he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power, even that last enemy, death. Then will he deliver up the kingdom to God the Father at the end of time (I Cor. 15:24,25,26).

We invite all who would, to come together with us each Sunday morning at Kedron on the Coopertown Road, Russellville, Kentucky, to worship God in spirit and in truth. We neither add to God’s word or take from it. Bible study at 10:00 and Worship at 11:00.