What did Jesus Teach the "Kingdom of Heaven/God" is?

by truth_b_known 8 Replies latest watchtower bible

  • truth_b_known

    The books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and the beginning of Acts are filled with what the authors purport are statements of Jesus. Jesus is quoted as making several statements about "the Kingdom of Heaven" or "The Kingdom of God". Those statements are often given as parables that start with a phrase something like "The Kingdom of Heaven is like..."

    So there are many statements of what this kingdom is like. Jesus command his followers to go out and preach about this kingdom. However, after all these years, I still can't tell you what this kingdom is supposed to be based solely on Jesus teachings. It seems that when professed Christians try to explain what this kingdom is they have to refer to books written by the apostles after Jesus' ascension to heaven.

    Are there any statements purported to be from Jesus where he explains what this kingdom is?

  • Bobcat

    Hi tbk,

    This post (off site) may be of help. Also check out the link at the bottom of that post.

  • Jeffro

    No, and Paul doesn’t really say much about It either apart from that it’s in heaven and certain people aren’t allowed in.

  • alanv

    God moves in mysterious ways lol

  • smiddy3

    Where in the bible does it speak of "Jehovah`s Kingdom" ? that is to be preached in all the inhabited earth ?

  • menrov

    Reading what is written:

    Matt 28:18 Then Jesus came up and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you....

    There is no mention of a kingdom to be taught. It was about teaching the new baptized people to obey everything Jesus had commanded them.

    See what the statement Jesus made before he told them what to do (verse 18). You could say that the "Kingdom" is the life style one adopts when obeying the command made by Jesus, as Jesus was already King when he said these words. In other words, if you live with all baptized people that obey Jesus's commands, you experience the His Kingdom.
    Now as each religion made up their own version of what the kingdom is and what people should be taught, you can say that His kingdom actually does not really exist.

    Those who believe in the scriptures hope that his kingdom will one day be active on earth.

  • nowwhat?

    I enjoyed bobcats answer. It really is the kingship or ruling of God. Not a physical kingdom that Jesus was talking about

  • waton

    not jesus talking directly, but perhaps directing the transfer: Col. 1:13 a "kingdom of the son's love."

  • Sea Breeze
    Sea Breeze

    It's really pretty simple. Jesus is the heir to the throne of David, his forefather. When Zedikiah was deposed, no one has sat on that throne since...over 2500 years.

    In the absence of a King, religious leaders have filled in the void. That's why they killed him. They didn't want to lose "their place and their nation".

    As usual, its all about the power and money.

    Jesus was utterly disgraced and robbed of everything. But just as it was his destiny to be the "scapegoat" of the world; it is also his destiny to rule Israel from Jerusalem.

    “And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy, so that, when they look on me, on him whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn. On that day the mourning in Jerusalem will be as great as the mourning for Hadad-rimmon in the plain of Megiddo. The land shall mourn, each family by itself: the family of the house of David by itself... - Zech 12: 10-14

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