What Is The Kingdom Of God?

December 2, 2009   |   Category: Urgent Questions   |   Tags:

By Irvin Baxter

What is the Kingdom of God According to the Bible?

Many people have heard the term “Kingdom of God,” but few really understand what it is. Throughout the entire Bible, this was the central message! John the Baptist preached the Kingdom of God, Jesus preached it, and the apostles preached it. The last question that Jesus was asked before He left the earth was, “Lord, will you at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?” The coming Kingdom of God is the message that God wants to convey to every person on earth. The crucial question is, will you be a part of it?

 

King Over All the Earth

We want everyone to understand, straight from scripture, what the kingdom of God is all about. We’re going to start in the Old Testament.
 
“And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one.” Zechariah 14:9
 
This prophecy in Zechariah refers to the time of the Battle of Armageddon. The nations of the world will come down against Israel to battle in Jerusalem. It’s at that time Jesus Christ will come back, fight for the nation of Israel, and establish His rule on the earth. This passage says that the Lord shall be king over all the earth. That’s the Kingdom of God. In that day there shall be one Lord, and His name one. Let’s look at several other scriptures that also refer to this. In Daniel we see a description of the time when human governments will be put down and the kingdom of God will be established.
 
“And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.” Daniel 2:44
 
Another prophecy of when Almighty God will rule this world is in Revelation 11.
 
“And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.” Revelation 11:15

 

How Do I Become Part of the Kingdom?

The next big question is, “If there’s going to be this wonderful kingdom, where there will be peace on earth, good will toward men, how do I become a part of it? What does it take to enter the Kingdom of God?” There is a phrase in the Bible; “The gospel of the kingdom.” Now, everyone whom God ever sent always preached “the gospel of the kingdom.” Even in the Old Testament it was the centrality of their message. This is so important because there is so much in the Bible it is easy for us to get off track and forget what the heart and soul of the gospel really is. It is the gospel of the kingdom. We’re going to find out here that John the Baptist preached it. Jesus preached it. The Apostles preached the gospel of the kingdom. Let’s look at the scriptures that show us explicitly:
 
“In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,
And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matthew 3:1-2
 
So, John preached the kingdom of heaven, the kingdom of God. The kingdom of heaven and the kingdom of God are synonymous.
 
“And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.” Matthew 4:23
 
We know it was preached by Daniel, when he said, “…in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom.” That was the kingdom of God.
 
Most importantly, He sent us to preach it. He commissioned His disciples in Luke 9, where He told them to preach the gospel of the kingdom.
 
“And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.” Luke 9:2

 

What Does It Take to Enter the Kingdom of God?

“There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” John 3:1-5

 

The Three Steps of Calvary

The Bible teaches that there are three steps to the work of Jesus Christ at Calvary; the death, the burial, and the resurrection. If we accept what happened on that cross, this is what we oftentimes call, “accepting Christ.” We refer to it as, “accepting Christ as you personal Savior.” How do I do that?  How do I know when I’ve done it biblically? Do I just hope that I do it right, and maybe I’m saved? Every prophecy in the Bible points straight to the setting up of the Kingdom of God. And the capstone of understanding the Bible is to know how to enter the Kingdom of God.
 
The Bible teaches us that the plan of salvation was accomplished by Jesus Christ at Calvary, and we must accept what He did there. We accept the work of Jesus Christ by obeying the gospel. The gospel of the kingdom is the gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ, resulting in entering the Kingdom of God. But how do we obey the gospel? Lets go now to 2 Thessalonians, because it tells us there the consequences of not obeying the gospel.
 
“And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:” 2 Thessalonians 1:7-8
 
Not knowing God is equivalent to not obeying the gospel. So how can we obey the gospel if we don’t know how to obey the gospel? We are told the gospel is “the good news.” The Bible does describe this for us. The Apostle Paul wrote, concerning the gospel:
 
Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: 1 Corinthians 15:1-4
 
So, the gospel isn’t just “the good news.” The good news is more than that. The good news is the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The good news is that we can have eternal life. The gospel not only tells us that we can have eternal life, but how to have eternal life. And that gospel is that we have been redeemed and can be born again through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

 

See What Do You Mean Born Again? for more information.

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14 Responses to “What Is The Kingdom Of God?”

    • Doug Norvell

      Hello Richard,

      There is really no difference in the two, there are the same. For instance Jesus speaking to the disciples, after the Rich Young Ruler went away sad, said in Matthew 19:23 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.
      24 And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

      Jesus used both terms, but was speaking of the same Kingdom.

  1. I teach that the kingdom of God was brought to earth on the day of pentecost. God brought his kingdom to earth. Where ever his spirit is allowed by man to rule would be his kingdom other wise known as the church. God will soon come himself and not just rule over his followers but rule over all the earth with a rod of iron. Those that are already apart of His kingdom will rule and reign with him for 1000 yrs. Would you agree with this?

    • Hello Harold – Please scroll down to what Doug said to Judy Brown on March 30, 2019, which was about Acts 2:38 and being born again, and that will answer your question. Jesus said in John 3:3-7,Verily, verily I say unto you, Except a man be born again, he can not see the kingdom of God. 5 “Verily, verily I say unto you, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he can not enter into the kingdom of God. 7 Marvel not that I said unto you, YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN.” Being born of water is water baptism in Jesus name – which is Acts 2:38, Acts 8:14, Acts 9:18, Acts 10:44-48, Acts 16:15, Acts 16:33, Acts 18:7-8, Acts 19:3-5, and Acts 22:16. Being born of the Spirit is being baptized with the Holy Ghost/Holy Spirit which is explained in Acts 2:4 (Pentecost), Acts 8:17, Acts 10:45-48, and Acts 19:6. When Jesus disciples baptized in water they were doing what Jesus said to do in Matthew 28:19,”Go therefore and teach all nations baptizing them in the name OF the Father, and OF the Son, and OF the Holy Ghost.” Father is a title and not a name, Son is a title and not a name, Holy Ghost is a title and not a name. They never used the words Father, Son, and Holy Ghost when they baptized anyone or used those words in one sentence regarding any other topic.

      DaveS

    • Doug Norvell

      Hello Judy,

      Scripture tells us that we need to have repentance, this means we need to repent of our sinful nature and follow Jesus Christ from that moment on. At the early age, you did not understand repentance as you do now. Scripture tells us that we are to be born again, a new creation, not going back to the old man. Jesus said we must be born of the water and the Spirit. Peter laid out the plan of salvation in Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

      So, if you have not done this, I can find you a church that will baptize you in Jesus name. Email me if you have more questions or would like a church. dnorvell@endtime.com

    • Doug Norvell

      “And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one.”

      Isaiah 11:6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.7 And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
      8 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den.9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.

      So the Lord will set up His Kingdom and things will be more like they were in the Garden of Eden.

      • Beverly Dickey

        Your answer is why I asked the question. Your answer says it is all future but what about the scriptures that say the Kingdom of God is at hand or within you? That makes is now. So which is it…present or future or both? If so, the lion is not laying down with the lamb currently.

        • Doug Norvell

          Beverly,

          They are both, one is spiritual and one is physical. The spiritual Kingdom of God is being born again. Jesus told Nicodemus
          John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

          Peter was given the keys to the kingdom and he unlocked the kingdom doors on the day of Pentecost.
          Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

          This is the plan of salvation, when we obey this plan, we are part of the Spiritual kingdom. But, there is also going to be a physical Kingdom as well.
          Daniel spoke of it,
          Daniel 2:44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.

          Daniel 7:13 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.14 And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

          Revelation 20 shows us a picture of the two merging together, the Spiritual and the Physical.

          Revelation 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

          I hope this is helpful.

  2. Jules Lemelle

    The basic conflict here is spiritual: we acknowledge that Israel is the land promised by God of the bible, to be theirs.
    Now the Palestinians arefollowing what they attribute the one, true God. This paradox holds that someone is misinformed who God really is, and it isn’t Israel.
    Israel was brought to this “promised land” out of Egyptian bondage through miraculous signs and wonders never seen before or since their deliverance. If the Palestinians are following the one true God, as it is claimed to be so by Islam, their religion, then they need to read up on the Deed of Trust given to Abraham and his son Isaac, and his son Israel.

  3. Jules Lemelle

    The basic conflict here is spiritual: we acknowledge that Israel is the land promised by God of the bible, to be theirs.
    Now the Palestime and following what they attribute the one, true God. This paradox holds that someone is misinformed who God really is, and it isn’t Israel.
    Israel was brought to this “promised land” out of Egyptian bondage through miraculous signs and wonders never seen before or since their deliverance. If the Palestinians are following the one true God, as it is claimed to be so by Islam, their religion, then they need to read up on the Deed of Trust given to Abraham and his son Isaac, and his son Israel.

    • The reason this problem seems so untenable is that it truly is a spiritual issue: so it defies temporal logic.
      People on Endtimes need to quit saying things like ‘read your bible’ to the Arabs & Palestinians because the bible is OUR Holy scripture, NOT THERE’S.
      It’s non sensical to point to our bible as the proof of title deeds or anything to them.
      Having said that, I would direct the Europeans to the bible because they have a Christian tradition and should definitely know better.
      AS FOR THE GERMANS: I think after systematically murdering 6 million Jews just 70 years ago, they should support anything that Israel asks that is remotely reasonable. They have no business cozying up to the Palestiniansin the least.