The preaching of the gospel in the New Testament begins with the cry, “Repent for the Kingdom of the Heavens!” (Matt. 3:2, 4:17, 10:7). So, we repent and believe in Jesus not only to have our sins forgiven, but for the kingdom; that is, so God can have His kingdom, His ruling, on the earth today.
To really appreciate this, however, we need to have a basic understanding of what the kingdom of the heavens is. So in the first part of this program we consider, What is the kingdom of the heavens? Then in the second part we go on to consider what it means, practically speaking, to live in the reality of the kingdom.
Guest: Jim Ruffin
Books Cited in this Episode
The 1917 Scofield Study Bible on Amazon.com
The 1917 Scofield Study Bible on ChristianBook.com
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Bible Verses Cited in this Episode
Matthew 3:2, 4:17, 10:7: Repent for the kingdom of the heavens!
Isaiah 66:1-2: We need to tremble at the Lord’s Word.
Matthew 6:9-10: The definition of the kingdom of the heavens.
Revelation 21:2,10: The New Jerusalem comes down to the earth after the Millennium.
2 Samuel 7:12-16: God’s covenant with David.
Psalm 89:30-37: God reaffirms His covenant with David.
Luke 1:31-32: God will give Jesus the throne of David.
Matthew 22:42-43: The kingdom of God is taken from the Jews and given to the church.
Matthew 16:19: The gospel Peter preached to in the book of Acts opened the door to the kingdom of the heavens.
John 20:21: Jesus sends us just as the Father sent Him.
John 3:3: To be in the kingdom we must be born anew.
Galatians 5:22-23: There is no law against the fruit of the Spirit.
Galatians 5:19-21; Ephesians 5:5: The unclean will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Matthew 11:11: If we are in the kingdom of the heavens we are greater than even John the Baptist.