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.