The Eternal Kingdom

by Scarlett Stough

For the Scripture References and related Bible Study Guide, go to Bible Study Guide: The Kingdoms of our Lord.

A big part of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the Kingdom of Heaven or the Kingdom of God. We are promised a "rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:11)."

After John the Baptist was imprisoned, "Jesus began to preach, 'Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near' (Matthew 4:17)."

Even after Jesus' death and resurrection and further instruction (Acts 1:3) the disciples were asking, "Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel (Acts 1:6)?" It was only after Pentecost and the pouring out of the Holy Spirit on the 120 (Acts 2:4) that they began to truly understand and preach the nature of the kingdom that Jesus preached.

Philip preached it (Acts 8:12). Paul and Barnabas preached it (14:21-22). Paul continued to preach it to the end of his life: 19:8; 20:25; 28:23, 31.

In the book of Revelation (11:15-18) we are given encouragement and assurance that "The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever."

We are still waiting for our king to return to claim his kingdom, but we can be a part of that kingdom now: "For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins (Colossians 1:13-14)."

When we began by believing in Jesus and trusting in the salvation and righteousness we receive in him, we have become citizens of his kingdom with the responsibilities of citizenship while we wait for our divine king to return to earth.

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