Matthew 13 tells us about the mystery form of the Kingdom (Mark 4:11), the Gospel Age - in which the Kingdom of God has invaded Satans Kingdom (who is the ruler on earth), rescuing them and bringing them advanced blessings attributed to the millennial reign (Righteousness, peace, forgiveness, and joy, Rom. 14:17). It is the Kingdom without observation, but is discerned spiritually (John 3:3). It is mentioned only twice in Johns gospel by Jesus to Nicodemus John 3:3, 5. In John 3:3 Jesus told Nicodemus, Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
While the Kingdom of Heaven and the Kingdom of God share many features, there are important issues which differentiate them. They are not the same. Matthew 13 is about the Kingdom of Heaven which was announced by John Baptist to the Jewish nation as being imminent and available right then, through Jesus. Jesus also proclaimed this until John's death.
KOH only appears in Matthew, and it was of this world. Through Herod, the Jews' King, by rejecting John's message, the Jews rejected the rulership of God in the flesh, and the moment of national redemption passed.
Subsequent to John's martyrdom, Jesus focused solely on the KOG -- "My Kingdom is not of this world."
Take a look at Comparison of The Kingdom of Heaven and The Kingdom of The God
posted on 06/19/2012 9:46:45 PM PDT
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While the Kingdom of Heaven and the Kingdom of God share many features, there are important issues which differentiate them. They are not the same.
Exactly. There is the current kingdom of God, which is spiritual, and the future, one-thousand year, literal, earthly kingdom of Jesus Christ where He rules the nations from Jerusalem.
posted on 06/20/2012 10:29:16 AM PDT
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