The Kingdom of Heaven

 

The number of scriptural references reveals the importance and centrality of God’s kingdom in our faith. It is of utmost importance to our life now and forever.

 

All Christians are necessarily servants – if the Lord came not to be served, but to serve! We all should follow His example). However, for the servants of the word it is even more important that they deepen their knowledge of God’s will and plan in this respect by meditating, studying and living the Kingdom.

 

This is why I hope to forward to you, before the meeting, the references, and some questions so you can try to find which references answer each question(s). Then in the meeting, after a brief introduction, we discuss together what the Holy Spirit gives us in the available time, and later to each one of us as He sees fit.

 

It took the Lord all the time of His ministry on Earth, and His disciples after Him, to deal with the good news of His Kingdom. Each one of us experienced the Kingdom and need to go deeper in the knowledge and grow in experiencing it. We need it for our eternity and for the benefit of those whom we are privileged to serve.

 

The questions are open-ended; no answer is perfect, right or wrong. You may discuss them with fellow servants or ask the Lord in prayer or both. You may like to try all of them, some of them, or add more questions. You are not limited by the list of references provided!

 

 Your effort will be rewarded by the wealth of topics for your service in the future, and by delicious spiritual nourishment for unlimited growth in the spirit.

 

The universe is marvellously organised, (the deeper we look in the apparent chaos the more we find glorious order.)

 

1. What are God’s plan, agenda, and objectives?

A.     In general, from the creation?

B.     For man?

 

2. God is omnipotent so what is meant by:

A. “Thy kingdom come?”  When?

B. “Thy will be done?”

 

3. The Kingdom is the reward of the righteous, as hell is the punishment for sinners.

A.       True.

B.        False.              Why?

 

4. What is the relationship between repenting, and the Kingdom?

 

5. Did the Jews expect the Kingdom of Heaven?

 

6. What do I need to do for the Kingdom?

A. In the way of preparing for the task given to me?

      B. Do I have a role in bringing it about?

 

7.  What will we be doing when the Kingdom comes?

 

8. If ‘the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking’ then what is it about?

 

9. It is claimed that the kingdom is ‘a pie in the sky.’

What would you say to that?

 

10. What is the role of the kingdom in:

  1. My life?

       B. My service.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Testament References to the Kingdom of Heaven

 

  1. Matthew 3:2
    And saying, Repent (think differently; change your mind, regretting your sins and changing your conduct), for the kingdom of heaven is at hand
  2. Matthew 4:17
    From that time on Jesus began to preach, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near."
  3. Matthew 4:23
    Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.
  4. Matthew 5:3
    "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
  5. Matthew 5:10
    Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
  6. Matthew 5:19-20
    Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.
  7. Matthew 6:10
    your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.


  8. Matthew 6:33
    But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
  9. Matthew 7:21
    "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
  10. Matthew 8:11-12
    I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the subjects of the kingdom (Isreal) will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
  11. Matthew 9:35
    Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.

  12. Matthew 10:7
    As you go, preach this message: 'The kingdom of heaven is near.'
  13. Matthew 11:11-12
    I tell you the truth: Among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it.
  14. Matthew 12:25-28
    Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand. If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand? But if I drive out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
  15. Matthew 13:11
    He replied, "The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them.
  16. Matthew 13:19-23
    3When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path.
  17. Matthew 13:24-30
    Jesus told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field.
  18. Matthew 13:31-32
    He told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field.


  19. Matthew 13:33
    He told them still another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amount of flour until it worked all through the dough."
  20. Matthew 13:38-43
    The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one,... The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil... Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.


  21. Matthew 13:44
    "The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.
  22. Matthew 13:45-46
    "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.


  23. Matthew 13:47-50
    "Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish.
  24. Matthew 13:52
    He said to them, "Therefore every teacher of the law who has been instructed about the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old."
  25. Matthew 16:19
    I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven."
  26. Matthew 16:28
    I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom."
  27. Matthew 18:1-4
    At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?"... And he said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
  28. Matthew 18:23-35
    "Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants.
  29. Matthew 19:12
    For some are eunuchs because they were born that way; others were made that way by men; and others have renounced marriage because of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it."
  30. Matthew 19:14
    Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."
  31. Matthew 19:23-24
    Then Jesus said to his disciples, "I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."
  32. Matthew 20:1-16
    "For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire men to work in his vineyard.
  33. Matthew 20:21
    "What is it you want?" he asked. She said, "Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom."


  34. Matthew 21:32
    Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him.
  35. Matthew 21:43
    "Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit.
  36. Matthew 22:2-14
    "The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son.
  37. Matthew 23:13
    "Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the kingdom of heaven in men's faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to.
  38. Matthew 24:7
    Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.
  39. Matthew 24:14
    And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
  40. Matthew 25:1-13
    "At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.
  41. Matthew 25:31-46
    "Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.


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  42. Matthew 26:29
    I say to you, I shall not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it with you new and of superior quality in My Father's kingdom.
  43. Mark 1:15
    "The time has come," he said. "The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!"
  44. Mark 4:11-12
    He told them, "The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables
    .
  45. Mark 4:26-29
    He also said, "This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground.
  46. Mark 4:30-32
    Again he said, "What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it?
  47. Mark 9:1
    And he said to them, "I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God come with power."
  48. Mark 9:47
    And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell
    [He doesn't want us to maim ourselves. He is only illustrating how serious sin is. Jesus is desperately trying to tell us that to enter the Kingdom and escape hell, sin is not allowed, period.]
  49. Mark 10:14
    When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
  50. Mark 10:15
    I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it."
  51. Mark 10:23
    Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, "How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!"
  52. Mark 10:21-31
    The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said again, "Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."
  53. Mark 11:10
    "Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!" "Hosanna in the highest!"


  54. Mark 12:32-34
    When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, "You are not far from the kingdom of God." And from then on no one dared ask him any more questions.
  55. Mark 13:8
    Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains.
  56. Mark 15:43
    Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Council, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for Jesus' body.
  57. Luke 1:33
    and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end."
  58. Luke 4:43
    But he said, "I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent."
  59. Luke 6:20
    Looking at his disciples, he said: "Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
  60. Luke 7:28
    I tell you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John; yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he."
  61. Luke 8:1
    After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him.
  62. Luke 8:10
    He said, "The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that, " 'though seeing, they may not see; though hearing, they may not understand.'
  63. Luke 9:2
    and he sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.
  64. Luke 9:11
    but the crowds learned about it and followed him. He welcomed them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed healing.
  65. Luke 9:27
    I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God."
  66. Luke 9:60
    Jesus said to him, "Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God."
  67. Luke 9:62
    Jesus replied, "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God."
  68. Luke 10:9
    Heal the sick who are there and tell them, 'The kingdom of God is near you.'
  69. Luke 10:11
    'Even the dust of your town that sticks to our feet we wipe off against you. Yet be sure of this: The kingdom of God is near.
    '
  70. Luke 11:2
    He said to them, "When you pray, say: " 'Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come.
  71. Luke 11:20
    But if I drive out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come to you.
  72. Luke 12:31
    But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.
  73. Luke 12:32
    "Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.
  74. Luke 13:18-19
    Then Jesus asked, "What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it to?
  75. Luke 13:20-21
    Again he asked, "What shall I compare the kingdom of God to?
  76. Luke 13:22-30
    "There will be weeping there, and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but you yourselves thrown out... People will come from east and west and north and south, and will take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God.
  77. Luke 14:15-24
    When one of those at the table with him heard this, he said to Jesus, "Blessed is the man who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God."
  78. Luke 16:16
    "The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John. Since that time, the good news of the kingdom of God is being preached, and everyone is forcing his way into i
    t.

  79. Luke 17:20-21
    Asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He replied to them by saying
    ,

    The kingdom of God does not come with signs to be observed or with visible display,
    Nor will people say, Look! Here! or, See there!
    (because it will not be visible to the world)
    For behold, the kingdom of God is within you and among you. Luke 17:20-21


    One hundred generations of Christendom have sat, waiting on a physical return,
    thereby missing the possibility of preparing for his personal return to them.
    This is a major deception with disastrous consequences to those deceived.
    Prize your time; use it wisely, for it is finite.
  80. Luke 18:17
    I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it."
  81. Luke 18:16
    But Jesus called the children to him and said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
  82. Luke 18:24-30
    Jesus looked at him and said, "How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."..."I tell you the truth," Jesus said to them, "no one who has left home or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God
    will fail to receive many times as much
  83. Luke 19:11-27
    While they were listening to this, he went on to tell them a parable, because he was near Jerusalem and the people thought that the kingdom of God was going to appear at once.
  84. Luke 21:10-19,31
    Then he said to them: "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom...even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near.
  85. Luke 22:16-18
    For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God."... For I tell you I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes."
  86. Luke 22:29-30
    And I confer on you a kingdom, just as my Father conferred one on me, so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
  87. Luke 23:42
    Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom."
  88. Luke 23:51
    who had not consented to their decision and action. He came from the Judean town of Arimathea and he was waiting for the kingdom of God.
  89. John 3:3
    In reply Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again."
  90. John 3:5
    Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.
  91. John 18:36
    Jesus said, "My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now my kingdom is from another place."
  92. Acts 1:3
    After his suffering, he showed himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.
  93. Acts 1:6
    So when they met together, they asked him, "Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?"
  94. Acts 8:12
    But when they believed Philip as he preached the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
  95. Acts 14:22
    strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. "We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God," they said.
  96. Acts 19:8
    Paul entered the synagogue and spoke boldly there for three months, arguing persuasively about the kingdom of God.
  97. Acts 20:25
    "Now I know that none of you among whom I have gone about preaching the kingdom will ever see me again.
  98. Acts 28:23
    They arranged to meet Paul on a certain day, and came in even larger numbers to the place where he was staying. From morning till evening he explained and declared to them the kingdom of God and tried to convince them about Jesus from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets.
  99. Acts 28:31
    Boldly and without hindrance he preached the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.
  100. Romans 14:17
    For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
  101. 1 Corinthians 4:20
    For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.
  102. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10
    Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
  103. 1 Corinthians 15:24
    Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power.

  104. 1 Corinthians 15:50
    I declare to you, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.
  105. Galatians 5:19-21
    The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
  106. Ephesians 5:5
    For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a man is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
  107. Colossians 1:12-13
    giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves.
  108. 1 Thessalonians 2:12
    encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.
  109. 2 Thessalonians 1:5
    All this is evidence that God's judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering.
  110. 2 Timothy 4:18
    The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
  111. Hebrews 1:8
    But about the Son he says, "Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever, and righteousness will be the scepter of your kingdom.
  112. Hebrews 12:28
    Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.
  113. James 2:5
    Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him?
  114. 2 Peter 1:10-11
    Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
  115. Revelation 1:6
    To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.
  116. Revelation 1:9
    I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.
  117. Revelation 5:10
    You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth."
  118. Revelation 11:15
    The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: "The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever."
  119. Revelation 12:10
    Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: "Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.