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THE KINGDOM OF GOD

DANIEL 2:44

A. THE BIBLE SPEAKS OF TWO OPPOSING KINGDOMS IN THE UNIVERSE

1. The kingdom of Satan:

a. He claimed the kingdoms of this world as belonging to him because they had been given to him - Luke 4:4-6

b. Our Lord recognized that Satan had a kingdom -Matt. 12:26

c. It is the power of darkness - Col. 1:23

d. Christ spoke of "the prince of this world" - John 12:31; 16:11

2. The kingdom of God:

a. It is the realm where God is King, controlling the affairs of men - Isa. 52:7; Ps. 22:28

b. For God is still governor among the nations - Dan. 2:21, 44; 4:17; Ps. 22:28

c. Lucifer got possession of the nations of this world through fraud, beguiling Adam and Eve to sin against their Maker - Luke 4:1-6; Rom. 6:16; Gen. 3:1-6

B. NATURE OF GOD’S KINGDOM

1. It is a dual kingdom:

a. Presently it is the kingdom of grace.

b. It functions in the heart - Luke 17:20, 21; Col. 1:27

2. This phase of the kingdom of God was set up as soon as Adam and Eve became victims of Satan:

a. The first promise - Gen. 3:15

b. Grace became the hope of the fallen race - Tit. 2:11; Rom. 5:12-19; Eph. 2:7, 8

3. All believers, in all ages, have been subjects of the kingdom of grace:

a. Paul teaches this truth - Tit. 2:11; Eph. 2:7, 8; Rom. 5:12-18

b. The Bible is full of references to the kingdom of grace - Gen. 6:8; Jer. 32:2; Ex. 33:12, 16; Zech. 4:8

c. This part or phase of God’s kingdom prepares the subjects for the kingdom of glory - Matt. 1:21; Acts 4:12; John 3:16

d. It is the development of our character, suitable for glory - Matt. 5:5; Rev. 19:7; 2 Cor. 3:18

4. The kingdom of grace is symbolized by:

a. The seed cast into the ground - Mark 4:26

b. The grain of a mustard seed - Mark 4:31

c. A leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal - Luke 13:21

C. THE MESSAGE OF THE KINGDOM

1. Was brought to our first parents:

a. The promised seed - Gen. 3:15

b. Evangelists before the flood proclaimed it -

(1) Enoch the seventh from Adam preached it -Jude 14, 15

(2) Seth preached it - Gen. 4:26

(3) Noah proclaimed it - 2 Pet. 2:5

2. The Patriarchs preached the gospel of the kingdom:

a. Abraham - Gen. 18:17-19; Gal. 3:8

b. Isaac and Jacob built altars for the Lord, which symbolized their faith in God’s kingdom - Gen. 35:1; Heb. 11:14-18

3. This gospel of the kingdom centers in the person of our Lord Jesus Christ:

a. It is called "the gospel of Christ" - Rom. 1:16

b. He and He alone can bring about the consummation of the kingdom of God - Acts 4:12; Luke 23:42-44

c. It is He who teaches us to pray, "Thy kingdom come" - Matt. 6:9-11

d. When we receive the Lord Jesus into our hearts, He establishes His throne in our hearts. We become the seat of the King of kings and Lord of lords -Col. 1:27; Eph. 3:17

4. Seven Bible musts to enter the Kingdom of God:

a. "Ye must be born again" - John 3:3-9

b. Christ must increase and I must decrease - John 3:30

c. We must worship the Father in spirit and in truth - John 4:22, 23

d. We must do all the Lord has commanded us to perform - Num. 23:26

e. We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ - 2 Cor. 5:10


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