JESUS, THE CHRIST, THE CHURCH, AND THE KINGDOM

Introduction:

  1. Eph. 3:3-11.

  2. 1 Pet. 1:18-20.

  3. Acts 20:28. 

  4. Matthew 3:2

  5. Acts 20:28

  6. Matthew 5:17-18

  7. John 6:15 Acts 1:6 

  8. 17:20-21 

  9. 1 Corinthians 12:12-20

  10. 1 Pet. 2:9

  11. John 18:3. Jesus answered, My kingdom is not from this world; if my kingdom were from this world, then my attendants would fight that I might not be given up to the Jews, but now my kingdom is not from here.

Message

  1. CHURCH AND KINGDOM: DEFINITION OF TERMS.

    called out ones.”
    The word “church,” - “Composed of 'ek,' meaning 'out,' and 'kaleo,' 'to call,' it literally meant a called-out assembly.”
    church” or “churches” - Matthew 16:18; 2Cor. 8:1; Rev. 1:4; 2:1,8, 12.
    church of God” or “churches of God” - I Cor. 1:1; 11:16; 1 Tim. 3:15.
    churches of Christ” - Rom. 16:16.
    church of the lord” - Acts 20:28, ASV.
    the church” - Acts 2:47.
    church of the firstborn” - Heb. 12:8.
    The word “kingdom” refers to the power, sovereignty, or rule of-God in the lives of those who are his people.
    “The word 'kingdom'” appears in about six different contexts in the New Testament.
     The word “kingdom” appears 157 times in the New Testament, and the word “kingdoms” is found three times.

    1. First the word “kingdom” is used in reference to a secular, earthly, political rule. Matthew. 4:8.

    2. Second, it is used in reference to the kingdom of Israel. God was the king of Israel, and Israel was His kingdom. Matt. 8:12.

    3. Third, it is used simple in reference to the power or rule of God. Matt. 12:28.

    4. Fourth, it is used in reference to the church, the special rule of God on earth today. Matthew 16:18; John 3:5.

    5. Fifth, it is used in reference to heaven as the eternal kingdom of God. Luke. 13:28.

    6. Sixth, it is used of Satan’s realm of dominion. Matthew- 12:26.

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  1. The New Testament presents the following designations. (continued from above)

    1. “kingdom” - Acts 1:6; 1 Cor. 15:24; Heb. 12:28.

    2. “kingdom of God” - Mk. 9:1.

    3. “kingdom of Heaven” - Matt. 16:19.

    4. “kingdom of the son of his love” - Col. 1:13-14,ASV.

    5. “kingdom of Christ and of God” - Eph. 5:5.

  1. THE CHURCH AND THE KINGDOM ARE ONE AND THE SAME INSTITUTION.

    1. Identifying marks for the church and the kingdom are given by God.

    2. The Bible teaches the kingdom and church are one and the same institution.

      KINGDOM IDENTIFYING MARK CHURCH

      Matt. 13:19

      Seed

      Acts 18:8

      Isa. 2:2

      Date

      Acts 2:16-21.

      Mic. 4:1-2

      Place

      Luke 24:47

      Dan 2:44

      Boundary

      Mk. 16:15.

      John 18:36

      Owner

      Matt. 16:18.

      1 Tim. 6:15

      Ruler

      Eph. 523.

      Isa 2:3

      Law 

      Acts 2:38-47.

      Matt. 16:19

      Keys

      Matt. 16:18.

      John 3:5

      Pardon

      Acts 2:38.

      Col. 1:13

      Membership

      Col. 1:2.

      Matt. 26:29

      Worship

      1Cor. 11:20-27.

      Isa- 2:2-3

      Glory

      Eph. 3:21.

      Matt. 25:31-34

      Reward

      I Cor. 15:58.

      1 Cor. 15:24.

      Deliverance

      I Thess. 4:16-17.

    3. Matthew 16:18-19. “Upon this rock”

      1. a. It leaches the certainty of it - “I WILL BUILD my church.”

      2. b. It teaches the intimacy of it - “I will build MY church.”

      3. c. It teaches the invincibility of it - “The gates of Hades shall not overpower it.”

      4. d. It teaches the authority of it - “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven.”

  2. THE CHURCH AND KINGDOM IN PROPHECY.

    1. 2 Sam. 7:12-17; I Chron. 17:11-15.

    2. Dan. 2:31-45.

    3. Isa. 2:2-3.

    4. Joel 2:28-29.

    5. Mic. 4:1-2.

    6. Zech. 6:12-13; 13:1

    7. Ezek. 34:11.22-23.

    8. Amos 9:11- 12.

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  1. THE CHURCH AND KINGDOM IN PREPARATION.

    1. Reliable, inspired men spoke of it as yet to come.

      1. John the Baptist - Matt 3: 1-2.

      2. Jesus Christ - Matt 4:17.

      3. The Twelve - Matt. 10:7.

      4. The Seventy - Lk. 10:9.

      5. Matt 11:11.

    2. Some in Jesus’ time were still looking and waiting for the kingdom.

      1. The thief on the cross – Luke 3:42 - before Christ died.

      2. Joseph of Arimathea - - Mk. 15:43 - after Jesus died.

      3. The Disciples. Acts 1:6. (after resurrection of Jesus and before his ascension)

    3. The final stage of preparation for the kingdom - Lk 24:44-53

    4. Come with power - Mk. 9:1.

  2. THE CHURCH AND KINGDOM ESTABLISHED.

    1. When exactly, was the kingdom/church established?

      1. Jesus spoke of it as future - Matt 16:19; Acts 2:47 as present;

      2. Established when Holy Spirit came down - Luke. 24:49: Mk. 9:1; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4.

      3. Established when the “last days” began - Isa. 2:2; Joel 2:2:28; Acts 2:16-21.

      4. Church established during Roman rule - Dan. 2:M.

      5. Was to come in apostles lifetime - Matt. 16:28.

    2. How was the church established?

      1. By the preaching of the gospel - Acts 2:22-36.

      2. By sinners rendering obedience to gospel - Acts 2:37 -41.

      3. By God adding the forgiven obedient ones to the church - Acts 2:47.

CONCLUSION:

  1. The church of Christ and the Kingdom of future are one and the same institution.

  2. The Old Testament prophets prove the coming and establishment of the church on the day Pentecost after the resurrection of Christ. Every scripture speaking of the kingdom before Acts 2 speaks of it as being in the FUTURE.

  3. Every scripture speaking of the kingdom AFTER Acts 2 speaks of it as being in EXISTENCE.

  4. Membership in the kingdom of Christ/church of Christ is essential to salvation!

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