#16 ~ The Church: Working for the Kingdom of God

#16 ~ The Church: Working for the Kingdom of God

This was the boring lesson.  All the other lessons in this series were packed full of conversation in the classroom as I taught them.  Stories are fun.  The stories of Jesus are conversation starters.  When we discussed the parables of the Kingdom of Heaven, the class was engaged, wanting to understand this kingdom that Jesus never defined except through parables.

But this lesson, it had to be taught as a conclusion, but there was very little discussion.  And no wonder because I did not highlight any one parable.  The connection between the Kingdom of Heaven and the church had to be established, though.  So here it is.  This is the information I presented to help my students understand that the Kingdom of Heaven is not simply this future thing that will one day appear, it is not only this thing that Jesus offered Israel and they rejected it, IT IS the current work of the church.

The following is proof from the teachings of the apostles as they led the church that the kingdom is intricately woven into everything that the church should be doing.  After I taught through the first section, I summarized each week of my teaching on the subject in one sentence where possible, a couple went a bit over.  So I read those 16 descriptions to give a summary of this Kingdom of Heaven that we had been studying about for 16 weeks.

We typically sing a song a cappella out of the hymnals in our classroom.  But I did something different for the first lesson and the last lesson.  We sang accompanied by a CD with Hillsong’s version of This Kingdom by Geoff Bullock.  It was quite fitting.  I love that song.

Here it is.  It’s meant to be a study, where you look up each reference in context to determine the relationship of the church to the kingdom. 

The Resurrection

Matthew 28:18-20, Romans 1:1-5, Acts 4:2, 33.

The Church was commissioned with preaching the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Passages that contain the phrase “the end of the age”:  Matthew 13:39, 49, 24:3, 28:20.

The Church Preaches the Kingdom of God

Acts 8:12-13, 19:8, 20:24-25, 28:23, 31.

The Church was also commissioned with preaching the Kingdom of God.

The Identity of the Church

Colossians 1:13-14, 4:11, I Thessalonians 2:9-12.

We have been brought into the kingdom, we are working for the kingdom, and we are called to walk worthy of that kingdom.

The Unshakeable Inheritance of the Church

I Corinthians 6:2-3, 9-11, James 2:5, II Peter 1:8-11, Hebrews 12:25-29. 

The church will inherit the Kingdom of God and will judge the world.  This eternal inheritance cannot be shaken.

Suffering for the Kingdom of God

Acts 14:21-23, II Thessalonians 1:4-8, Revelation 1:9, 12:10-12, Mark 13:9-13. 

Tribulation is appointed for the church.  When Christ comes in power and glory, He pays back those that have been persecuting the church.  The church is commissioned to preach the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God until the end of the age when Jesus comes in power and glory.

The Future Kingdom for the Church

II Timothy 4:1-2, 18, I Corinthians 15:20-28, 50-58.

Christ’s appearing and kingdom are linked together.  He comes and reigns.  As He is reigning, He defeats all enemies including death.  Then He delivers the kingdom up to His Father.  Our resurrection enables us to inherit this kingdom.

The Resurrection of Jesus is proof of the Kingdom

Acts 1:3

The Kingdom of God, or Kingdom of Heaven, is eternal life.  The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead was indisputable proof of this eternal life and kingdom.  Jesus walked and talked with His disciples showing them the reality of this future kingdom in the present.

#1-  The Kingdom of Heaven involves judgment, chopping down of unfruitful trees and burning of the chaff.  For the righteous it means being gathered into the barn.  Matthew 3:10-12.

#2-  The Kingdom of Heaven means healing as Jesus came humbly to bear our sicknesses, weaknesses, and sins.  Matthew 8:14-17, Isaiah 53:3-6.

#3-  Jesus came to preach the Kingdom of Heaven and to send forth people to preach, or to evangelize.  Matthew 13:1-23.

#4-  The Kingdom of Heaven is like a harvest which means judgment for the wicked and salvation for the righteous at the end of the age.  Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43, 47-50.

#5-  The Kingdom of Heaven is powerful, Matthew 13:31-33, and valuable, Matthew 13:44-46.

#6-  The preaching of the Kingdom of Heaven results in apathy for many people.  Matthew 11:16-19.

#7-  The Kingdom of Heaven is for the lost.  Luke 15.

#8-  The Kingdom of Heaven is a place of forgiveness.  Matthew 18:15-35.

#9-  The workers of the Kingdom of Heaven all get paid the same.  Matthew 20:1-16.

#10-  The Kingdom of Heaven was taken from the nation of Israel and given to people bringing forth the fruits.  Matthew 21:28-46.

#11-  The Kingdom of Heaven is like an invitation to a royal wedding.  Matthew 22:1-14.

#12-  The coming of the Son of Man (the coming of the kingdom) will be like a fig tree when it buds in spring.  It will be preceded by certain signs when it is near.  Matthew 24:1-35.

#13-  Jesus calls us to be prepared for the Kingdom of Heaven and not taken unawares.  Matthew 24:36-25:13.

#14-  Jesus calls us to be productive for the Kingdom of Heaven in the here and now.  Matthew 25:14-30.

#15-  The Kingdom of Heaven will result in a separation.  The wicked depart into eternal punishment while the righteous inherit eternal life.  The entrance depends on how you treated the King, meaning the least of these, the poor, homeless, hungry, sick, etc.  Matthew 25:31-46.

#16-  The church is currently working for the Kingdom of Heaven in preaching the gospel, the resurrection of Christ, and the Kingdom of Heaven.  The entire New Testament.

Have fun and stay busy – Luke 19:13

-The Orange Mailman

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6 Responses to #16 ~ The Church: Working for the Kingdom of God

  1. rapazoe says:

    tom> #16- The church is currently working for the Kingdom of Heaven in preaching the gospel, the resurrection of Christ, and the Kingdom of Heaven. The entire New Testament.
    rapazoe> I find this a strange title and comment. “working for” ? It is Christ who brings in the kingdom and establishes it on earth. It is not the job of the church to build the kingdom on earth.
    Jesus himself alone brings about the kingdom thru his wrath … the kingdom is established.
    The 7th trumpet is the announcement that the kingdom is finally established on earth.

    Rev 11:15  The seventh angel sounded, and great voices in heaven followed, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the Kingdom of our Lord, and of his Christ. He will reign forever and ever!” 
    Rev 11:16  The twenty-four elders, who sit on their thrones before God’s throne, fell on their faces and worshiped God, 
    Rev 11:17  saying: “We give you thanks, Lord God, the Almighty, the one who is and who was; because you have taken your great power, and reigned. 
    Rev 11:18  The nations were angry, and your wrath came, as did the time for the dead to be judged, and to give your bondservants the prophets, their reward, as well as to the saints, and those who fear your name, to the small and the great; and to destroy those who destroy the earth.” 
    Rev 11:19  God’s temple that is in heaven was opened, and the ark of the Lord’s covenant was seen in his temple. Lightnings, sounds, thunders, an earthquake, and great hail followed. 

    The bowls of wrath say the same thing … it is done (like dinner) The kingdom is established thru wrath by Jesus alone. The church is in heaven at this time because the church will not suffer wrath of God.

    Rev 16:17  The seventh poured out his bowl into the air. A loud voice came out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, “It is done!” 
    Rev 16:18  There were lightnings, sounds, and thunders; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since there were men on the earth, so great an earthquake, so mighty. 
    Rev 16:19  The great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. Babylon the great was remembered in the sight of God, to give to her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath. 
    Rev 16:20  Every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. 
    Rev 16:21  Great hailstones, about the weight of a talent, came down out of the sky on people. People blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail, for this plague is exceedingly severe. 

    what are we doing here anyway ??? –

    rapazoe: Dec 4 2020

  2. rapazoe says:

    rapazo> I think some confusion with the title: The Church: Working for the Kingdom of God
    I think more scriptural to say: The Church: Working IN the Kingdom of God
    Not a huge change but shifts the emphasis to Jesus as the builder/architect and the believers as workers following the plans & instructions giving by Jesus. Until the end of the age and after the wrath of Jesus is complete at which time His kingdom theocracy will be established on earth.
    rapazoe>
    I need to be more precise in my comment.
    I do not subscribe to the view that the mission of the church is to build a political empire (theocracy) on earth as in the 7 mountains theology. See below.
    I cannot find anywhere in scripture that this is the mission of the church. In fact, Jesus said:
    Mat 16:18  I also tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my assembly, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. 
    Mat 16:19  I will give to you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will have been bound in heaven; and whatever you release on earth will have been released in heaven.” 
    Mat 16:20  Then he commanded the disciples that they should tell no one that he was Jesus the Christ. 
    What are the keys to the kingdom ? … the gospel opens the kingdom to all believers to enter in and become a citizen.

    What is Dominion theology ?
    https://dominion-theology.blogspot.com/
    Dominion Theology, also called “Kingdom Now Theology,” is a false teaching stating that man is commissioned to bring the entire world under the dominion of Christianity, by force if necessary, and then, hand over the Christianized world to Jesus when he comes.

    What is 7 Mountain Politics and Theology
    https://bereanresearch.org/7-mountain-politics-theology/
    posted by Marsha West on in New Apostolic Reformation (NAR), Politics 3
    What is “7 Mountains” theology? Supposedly there are “7 mountains” of global society – Media, Government, Education, Economy, Religion, Entertainment and Family. Conquering these areas of influence is the key to taking a nation for the kingdom of God. The 7 Mountain mandate is the brainchild of the Dominionist movement. Over the years Dominionists have gone by many names including Latter Rain/Kingdom Now /Joel’s Army/Manifest Sons of God and most recently the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR). Modern day “apostles” and “prophets” have a plan to aggressively “retake the reins of our country” for Christ. In other words, they believe that Christians must occupy and subdue the world as God’s stewards of the earth. Moreover these people believe it is a Christian’s duty to go into the world using “spiritual warfare” tactics to crush evil before Jesus Christ’s final return. So guess who’s one of the movers and shakers in the apostate NAR movement? None other than “apostle” Rafael Cruz. For those who don’t know who this man is, he’s Sen. Ted Cruz’s father.

    Reminders from scripture who is responsible for what !

    rapazoe>
    Act 15:16  ‘After these things I will return. I will again build the tabernacle of David, which has fallen. I will again build its ruins. I will set it up,
    – Jesus will set up the kingdom of David on earth when he returns. … not before
    rapazoe>
    Mar 14:58  “We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and in three days I will build another made without hands.’” 
    – again Jesus will build the temple which is the church.
    rapazoe>
    Mat 24:14  This Good News of the Kingdom will be preached in the whole world for a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come. 
    – preaching the Good News of the Kingdom is the work of the church … not building it.
    rapazoe>
    Here (post-wrath) is exactly where the Kingdoms of the world become the Kingdom of Jesus Christ.
    Revelation 11:15-19 WEB
    15  The seventh angel sounded, and great voices in heaven followed, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the Kingdom of our Lord, and of his Christ. He will reign forever and ever!”
    16  The twenty-four elders, who sit on their thrones before God’s throne, fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying: “We give you thanks, Lord God, the Almighty, the one who is and who was; because you have taken your great power, and reigned.
    18  The nations were angry, and your wrath came, as did the time for the dead to be judged, and to give your bondservants the prophets, their reward, as well as to the saints, and those who fear your name, to the small and the great; and to destroy those who destroy the earth.”
    19  God’s temple that is in heaven was opened, and the ark of the Lord’s covenant was seen in his temple. Lightnings, sounds, thunders, an earthquake, and great hail followed.

    Thanks for your Blog TOM … inspiring in many ways … God bless
    Back at ground control
    There is a problem
    “Go to rockets full.”
    Not responding
    “Hello Major Tom
    Are you receiving?
    Turn the thrusters on
    We’re standing by.”
    There’s no reply

    rapazoe – 13 Jan 21

  3. Etty Koster says:

    As Dr. Charles Cooper explains in his recent series: the gospel of Christ is different to the gospel of the Kingdom! The gospel of Christ means the good news of His death, burial and resurrection, through which we can obtain salvation, by NO works of ours. The gospel of the Kingdom talks about REWARDS, which can be earned. What have you done with your God given talents AFTER your salvation? The reward will be given at the start of the Millennium and shows which task will be appointed to you in reigning with Christ. After that follows eternity when Jesus hands everything over to the Father. Great series! (Please note: English is not my mother tongue)

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