The Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Heaven are mentioned by our Lord in passages in which it appears that they are, in that aspect, equivalent terms, e.g. Matthew: 11; “Many shall come from the east and west and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven  And again, when the Lord is speaking to some of that day who had eaten and drunk in His presence, and had heard Him teach the Gospel of the Kingdom of God in their streets, He says:- “There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God” (Luke 13: 28).


The twelve apostles were commissioned to herald the same Gospel of the Kingdom which had been previously announced by John the Baptist and the Lord Himself:- “The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand”: Matthew 10: 7.  So Paul in Rome: he first called the chief of the Jews together, “to whom he expounded and testified the Kingdom of God” (Acts 28: 23); and when some of them disbelieved the message of the Kingdom, he said:- “Be it known unto you that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it” (Acts 28: 28).  So, speaking to Gentiles, for two whole years he received into his “own hired house all that came in unto him, preaching the Kingdom of God” (Acts 28: 30).  The message was precisely the same as that which had been proclaimed by John the Baptist, at the beginning of his ministry, and also by the Lord Himself: he came into Galilee “preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom of God” (Mark 1: 14).



The Kingdom of God is still at hand and awaits the coming of the Lord.



“Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh” (James. 5: 8).  It is the very same expression as was announced (at “the beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of GodMark 1: 1) by the Lord when He said, “The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand” (Matt. 4: 17).


The Law and the Prophets witnessed until John the Baptist began a new witness - namely, that of the coming. Kingdom of God, calling men to repentance and faith.  After John was put into prison, the Lord Himself preached the Gospel of the Kingdom of God, saying:- “Repent and believe the Gospel” (Mark 1: 15).  “The law and the prophets were until John, since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and everyman presseth into it” (Luke 16: 16)..


It is sometimes stated that the preaching of the Kingdom of God ceased after the rejection of Christ by Israel as a nation; but we read of the Lord appointing other seventy to go before his face into every city with a message still the same - the glad tidings of the near approach of the Kingdom of God (Luke 10: 9 ff.).  So, therefore, then, with this thought, the disciples travelled with the Lord from Jericho to Jersusalern - namely, that the Kingdom of God would be immediately manifested - it was. on this occasion that the Lord spake a parable of the nobleman who went into a far country to receive for himself a Kingdom and to return; thereby intimating that the coming Kingdom could not be manifested till His return to reward his servants according to their works in his absence, and to destroy his enemies, who refused to submit to his Kingdom (Luke 19: 12 ff). So at the last passover “He took the cup and gave thanks and said, ‘Take this and divide it among yourselves, for I say unto you I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the Kingdom of God shall come’ ” (Luke 22: 17).  Christ witnessed the good confession before Pontius Pilate, that he was a King and that His Kingdom was coming; for on being questioned whether He was the King of the Jews, “Jesus answered, My Kingdom is not [out] of this world: if my Kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my Kingdom not from hence” (John 18: 36).  This confession cost him his life.  But this was the Father’s plan, for only through [His] death and resurrection could any of the sons of men be redeemed and qualified to reign with Him in His [Millennial] Kingdom of glory.


From what has been said regarding the Kingdom of God which was proclaimed by both John and the Lord Jesus, and the baptism in water which followed on repentance and confession of sin, by the Lord through His disciples, and by John personally - it seems proved that the Lord’s conversation with Nicodemus (John 3: 1-11) where He mentioned the Kingdom of God and birth out of water and the Spirit as the entrance into the Kingdom of God, was to acquaint him of the necessity of his believing John’s witness and complying with his Rite of baptism in water in order to enter the Kingdom, the near approach of which had created such a stir in Jerusalem and all Judea.


It, is remarkable that, after His resurrection and during the forty days, the Lord’s conversation was of the things pertaining to the Kingdom of God (Acts 1: 3).  Alluding to John’s baptism in water, “John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence At the descent of the Holy Ghost Peter assured the crowds that the same Jesus, “whom ye have crucified is both Lord and Christ” (Acts 2: 3).  They were convinced of sin and said to the Apostles:- “What shall we do?” Then Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and ye shall receive the Holy Ghost This was the same testimony that was given by John the Baptist and the Lord Jesus with regard to entrance into the coming Kingdom of God - both repentance and baptism having been proclaimed by both at the commencement of the Gospel (Mark 1: 1).  So the Church of God is exhorted “to walk worthy of God who calleth (R.V.) you into His Kingdom and Glory” (1 Thess. 2: 12).




“The condition of enthronement with Christ is expressed in His own words sent to the Church by His Apostle: ‘Unto him that OVERCOMETH will I grant to sit with Me in My Throne So we labour toward making [regenerate] believers ‘overcomers We seek to teach them to war in order that they may reign.  We strive to cause them to overcome in order to share Christ’s Throne; for he that has been girt by the panoply of God, and has wielded the sword, shall be honoured to stretch out the sceptre of the Most High


- Evan Roberts.