Kingdom of Heaven ??

What is the Kingdom of Heaven?

Do you have a clue?

Is this what we think of  Heaven, in a literal sense?

Is this just a spiritual place?

Did you know this expression is only found in the book of Matthew?

It is in there 32 times to be exact!

Here are some facts about it:

You can enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

Matthew 5:20 (ESV) For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

Some are the least and some are the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.

Matthew 5:19 (ESV) Therefore whoever relaxes 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 does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

Jesus said the Kingdom of Heaven was at hand.

Matthew 4:17 (ESV) From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

You can sit with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Matthew 8:11 (ESV) I tell you, many will come from east and west and recline at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven,

The Kingdom of Heaven suffers violence and can be taken by force.

Matthew 11:12 (ESV) From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force.

I imagine those really didn’t help too much did they?  At least they didn’t me. 🙁

I think I’ll need to look more closely at the Kingdom of Heaven to determine what is meant by it. 



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5 thoughts on “Kingdom of Heaven ??

  1. Great minds, BW.

    I have been contemplating heaven myself. In particular, storing up treasures there.

    Berean Wife Reply:

    Terry,

    It is strange that I’ve heard sermons that mention the Kingdom of Heaven, but I can’t recall any that take the verses in Matthew and explain what he means by the Kingdom of Heaven.

    The Matthew 11:12 verse is especially difficult. But hopefully I’ll understand it better after some more study.

    But we definitely need to be striving to make it to the Kingdom of Heaven and storing treasures there.

    Berean Wife

  2. BW,
    It’s funny that you bring this up. I was flipping through the radio yesterday and I heard some song about bringing God’s Kingdom to earth and something about worship… HUH????

    PIP

    Berean Wife Reply:

    PIP,

    I must admit I haven’t listened to the music on the radio in so long that I really have no clue about the songs being played. But my thoughts are that typically today’s musicians are clueless about the Scriptures.

    As for the Kingdom of Heaven, honestly, I really can’t answer that question well. I know what I’ve always been taught and led to believe is that it is Heaven a place where we look forward to spending eternity with Christ. But what do the Scriptures really say??? That will take some work.

    Berean Wife

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