- Parent Category: FAQs
- Category: Questions about Bible Prophecy and the End Times
- Published on Wednesday, 09 February 2011 09:53
Please give a clear understanding as to the terms Kingdom of God and Kingdom of Heaven?
These two expressions refer in the Gospels to the same thing, from a slightly different standpoint, as is seen by comparing Matthew 13:31-33 and Luke 13:18-21, where the same pair of parables describe in the former, “the Kingdom of Heaven,” and in the latter, “the Kingdom of God.” When we read, “Kingdom of Heaven,” the place from which the kingly rule is exercised is in view, when “Kingdom of God,” the Divine Person who exercises that rule. Both expressions in the Gospels represent generally the condition of things produced in the world by the preaching of the Gospel in the absence of the King. This is always true, I believe, of the expression Kingdom of Heaven, which only occurs in Matthew. In the Kingdom of Heaven there is a mixture of good and bad—tares are sown by the evil one; worthless fish are caught with good; but when the King comes, He will cast out of His kingdom “all that offends and all that work iniquity.”
The kingdom aspect of truth represents the responsibility side of things and includes profession, which must be tested. To enter the real thing the new birth is needed. The Kingdom of God in this aspect is “not meat and drink, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Ghost.” The kingdom includes the Church, but is greater than it, in that it began before it. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob will sit down in the Kingdom of God, but they will not be in the Church. The kingdom will continue when the Church is taken, but will only be visibly established when the King returns.