“KINGDOM” WORD STUDIES

 

What do context studies reveal about the specific ideas associated with the “kingdom” in a spiritual perspective in our present life?

 

Greek 932 basileia  ¤ from 935;   n f ¤ AV -  kingdom (of  God) 71,  kingdom (of  heaven) 32,  kingdom  (general or  evil) 20, (Thy  or Thine)  kingdom 6,  His kingdom  6,……162  ¤  royal  power,  kingship,  dominion,  rule; a  kingdom, the  territory  subject to the  rule of a king

G935 basileus  ¤ probably  from 939  (foundation of  power idea); n  m  ¤ AV - king  82, King (of  Jews) 21,  King (God or  Christ) 11,  King (of  Israel) 4; 118  ¤ 1) leader of  the people,  prince,  commander,  lord of the  land, king 

G936 basileuo  ¤ from 935;  ¤ AV - reign  20, king 1, 21;  to be king, to rule, to exercise kingly power, control

 

Hebrew 4438 malkuwth  ¤ from 04427;  n f ¤ AV  kingdom 51,  reign 21,      H4410 m@luwkah  ¤;  n f kingdom 18,      H4427 malak  ¤ v  reign  289,

 

The “kingdom” is the central, organizing theme of New Testament preaching of the gospel, as foreseen in the Old Testament

 

MATT 3:1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, 2 And saying, Repent you: for the kingdom (932) of heaven is at hand. 3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare you the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

 

MATT 4:16 The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.  17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom (932) of heaven is at hand. …….23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.

 

MATT 6:9 After this manner therefore pray you: Our Father which are in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom (932) come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven……….  13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom (932), and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

 

MATT 9:35 And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom (932), and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. 36 But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.

 

MATT 10: 5 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter you not: 6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7 And as you go, preach, saying, The kingdom (932) of heaven is at hand.

 

MATT 13:10  And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why do you speak unto them in parables? 11 He answered and said to them, Because it is given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom (932) of heaven, but to them it is not given.

 

MATT 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end (5056- finishing), the same shall be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom (932) shall be preached in all the world (3625- where inhabitants dwell, see Rom 7:17, 8:9) for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end (5056- finishing) come.

 

ACTS 20:25 And now, behold, I (Paul) know that you all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom (932) of God, shall see my face no more. 26 Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. 27 For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God…31 Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears. 32 And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.

 

ACTS 28:23 And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom (932) of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening. 24 And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not. 25 And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had spoken one word, Well spoke the Holy Spirit by Isaiah the prophet unto our fathers, 26 Saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing you shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing you shall see, and not perceive: 27 For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. 28 Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it. 29 And when he had said these words, the Jews departed, and had great reasoning among themselves. 30 And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him, 31 Preaching the kingdom (932) of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.

 

 

The “kingdom” pictures a present, inner, spiritual reality involving righteousness to be sought by believers as a first priority

 

MATT 6:33  But seek you first the kingdom (932) of God, and his righteousness;   (not a righteousness of our own)

 

LUKE 17:20 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom (932) of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom (932) of God comes not with observation (3907- watching, observing assiduously): 21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom (932) of God is within you.

 

ROM 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink (keeping rules); but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.

 

MATT 13:8 (context is the parable of the sower)  But other (seed) fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.   9 Who has ears to hear, let him hear.  10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why do you speak unto them in parables?   11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom (932) of heaven, but to them it is not given.…….. 18 Hear you therefore the parable of the sower. 19 When any one hears the word of the kingdom (932), and understands it not, then comes the wicked one, and catches away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.   20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that hears the word, and immediately with joy receives it; 21 Yet has he not root in himself, but is for a while: for when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, by and by he is offended.   22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that hears the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.   23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that hears the word, and understands (puts the parts together, “synthesis” idea) it; which also bear fruit (righteousness, love), and brings forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

 

MATT 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is (present tense) the kingdom (932) of heaven……10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is (present tense) the kingdom (932) of heaven.

 

MATT 12:28 But if I (Jesus) cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom (932) of God is come unto you.

 

REV 12:9  And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.  10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom (932) of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

 

ROM 6:12 Let not sin therefore reign (936-  to rule, control as king, kingdom idea- present tense) in your mortal body, that you should obey it in the lusts (1939-  “strong desires” for the praise and glory of men,  pictured by the Pharisees,  see “Lust2” word study)  thereof.   14 For sin shall not have dominion (rule, lordship) over you: for you are not under law (rules), but under grace.

 

COL 3:15 And let the peace of God rule (control, direct- present tense) in your hearts, to the which also you are called in one body; and be you thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and warning one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.    (see “Rule” word study)

 

MATT 13:47 Again, the kingdom of heaven (932) is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: 48 Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away.49 So shall it be at the end (4930-finishing) of the age: the angels shall come forth, and separate the wicked from among the righteous (“refining idea”): 50 And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

 

MATT 13:37 He answered and said unto them, He that sows the good seed is the Son of man; 38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom (932); but the tares are the children of the wicked one; 39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the age; and the reapers are the angels. 40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire (“refining” idea); so shall it be in the end (4930- finishing) of this age. 41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom (932) all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; 42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire (“refining idea”): there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then shall the righteous shine forth (“refining” idea) as the sun in the kingdom (932) of their Father. Who has ears to hear, let him hear.

 

HEB 12:27 And this word, Yet once more, signifies the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain (“refining” idea). 28 Wherefore we receiving (present tense) a kingdom (932) which cannot be moved (shaken), let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence  and godly fear: 29 For our God is a consuming fire (“refining” idea, Mal 3:2 “He is like a refiner’s fire”).

 

LUKE 18:29 And he said unto them, Truly I say unto you, There is no man that has left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom (932) of God's sake, :30 Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting.

 

 

There are “conditional” aspects for entry into the “kingdom” which are often avoided or not pursued in depth in Bible studies

 

MATT 7:16 You shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17 Even so every good tree brings forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree brings forth evil fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19 Every tree that brings not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20 Wherefore by their fruits you shall know them. 21 Not every one that says unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom (932) of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven.

 

*MATT 5:20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness is of a greater kind than the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall in no case enter into the kingdom (932) of heaven.

 

MATT 18:1 At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom (932) of heaven? 2 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, 3 And said, Truly I say unto you, Except you be converted (turned about again from error), and become as little children (small child, humbly needing training, chastening), you shall not enter into the kingdom (932) of heaven. 4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is (present tense) greatest in the kingdom (932) of heaven.

 

ACTS 14:21 And when they had preached the gospel to that city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch, 22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must (present tense) through much tribulation enter into the kingdom (932) of God.

 

2 THESS 1:3 We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of every one of you all toward each other abounds; 4 So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that you endure: 5 Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be counted worthy of the kingdom (932) of God, for which you also suffer:

 

 2 PET 1:10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if you do these things, you shall never fall: 11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom (932) of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.      (see “Diligent” word study)

 

JOHN 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Truly, truly, I say unto you, Except a man be born again  (born above, in the spirit) he cannot see the kingdom (932) of God. 

 

1 COR 15:50  Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom (932) of God; neither does corruption inherit incorruption. 

 

1 COR 6:9  Know you not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,  10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom (932) of God. 

 

GAL 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,  21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom (932) of God.  22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,  23 Meekness, self control: against such there is no law.  24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts (1939- “strong desires” for the praise and glory of men, pictured by the Pharisees,  see “Lust2” word study)  25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.  26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another. 

 

 

PSA 145:8 The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. 9 The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works. 10 All thy works shall praise thee, O LORD; and thy saints shall bless thee. 11 They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom (4438)?, and talk of thy power; 12 To make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of his kingdom. 13 Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endures throughout all generations.

 

PSA 22:8 For the kingdom (4410) is the LORD'S: and he is the ruler among the nations.

 

PSA 45:6 Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom (4438) is a right sceptre.

 

PSA 103:13 Like as a father pities his children, so the LORD pities them that fear him.   14 For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust. 15 As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourishes. 16 For the wind passes over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more. 17 But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children; 18 To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them. 19 The LORD has prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom (4438) rules (4410) over all.

 

 

Comment:

Study of the context and flow of thought of the above passages reveals that the “kingdom” concept is of uppermost importance in visualizing and understanding spiritual truth through the parable teaching of Scripture, using physical imagery that we are familiar with to reveal spiritual reality that is invisible to our physical sight.  

 

 The idea of a portion of the inhabited physical earth or world being ruled by a king who has sovereign power over all the inhabitants is applied to the spiritual realm within our mortal bodies, which is under the rule either of our “fleshly” sinful mind which is enmity against God or of the “spiritual” mind of those who are born anew of the Spirit and are given spiritual understanding by God through His Word and the Holy Spirit.    

 

 The opening request of the Lord’s prayer is “Thy “kingdom” come, thy will be done (begin to be, become) in earth as it is in heaven”.        Jesus teaches directly “behold, the “kingdom” of God is within you”.    

 

The “kingdom” of God is characterized by the true righteousness of God ruling in our hearts, determining how we judge others and ourselves and motivating all that we think and do, as an inner spiritual reality in our present life and everyday walk as a believer.   

 

 Entering” the ‘kingdom”, however, is conditional upon features that speak of the prolonged spiritual purifying, refining and maturing process involving tribulation and the testing of our faith which leads to growth in holiness and spiritual understanding through the reproof and enlightening of the Word and the Holy Spirit in a personal, experiential way, in our daily life as a believer seeking to be enabled to become aware of the “enmity” of our own “fleshly mind” against God,  to cease walking in the flesh,  to abstain from the fleshly-minded “lusts” for the praise and glory of men which war against our soul, and be increasingly enabled to bear the fruit of the Spirit,  to walk in the Spirit,  to walk in the light,  to walk in the truth,   to walk in love (“agape”) out of pure heart in the finishing of our faith.     

 

The topic of “the kingdom” is of foundational and central importance as the culminating, finishing goal for God’s people in Scripture and has received much attention in theological studies of prophecy over the centuries, but can be also viewed as one of large cluster of Bible words that need to be pieced together to see more fully their vital spiritual application to believers here and now,  not only in a historical, future, end-times, second-coming of Christ perspective,  but also in a present life spiritual perspective considering the ways that Christ comes, appears, manifests Himself to believers,  as God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, so that Christ dwells in our hearts by faith and the in-dwelling Holy Spirit is guiding us into all truth, showing us the things of Christ, reproving, enlightening us personally concerning sin, righteousness and judgment, working in our hearts in the finishing of our faith so that we may know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven through the parable teaching of Scripture by the grace of God in this present life on earth, to the praise and glory of God.

 

 

 

(see “Way”, “Walk”, “Prophecy”, “Acceptable”, “Appear”, “Coming”, “DayLord”, “Wrath”, “Sacrifice”, “Warn”, “Feasts”, “Passover”, “Leaven”, “Firstfruits”, “WeeksPent”, “Trumpet”, “Jubilee”, “Atonement”, “Tabernacle”, “Reveal”, “Refine”, “Fire”, “Enemy”, “Mind”, “Lust2”, “Members”, “Rule”, “Dwell”, “Temple”, “HolySpirit”, “Reprove”, “Righteous”, “Judgment”, “Sin”, “Tongue”, “Hate”, “Violence”, “Law”, “Idolatry”, “Bondage1”, “Bondage2”, “Hidden”, “Darkness2”, “Light”, “Gospel”, “Truth”, “Heart”, “Jerusalem”, “Nations”, “Edom”, “Babylon”, “Captivity”, “Zion”, “CovenantTest”, “ReturnRestore”, “PureClean1”, “PureClean2”, “Tribulation”, “Affliction”,  “Suffering”, “TriedProved”, “Corruption”,  “Crucify”, “PutoffPuton”, “Seek”, “Find”, “SeeBehold1”, “Salvation1”, “Salvation2”, “Redeem”, “Love”, “Finish”  word studies)