Thinking Cap # 24 - Kingdom of What?

Most Bible readers are not very careful in their reading habits. We tend to gloss over small details that can have a very significant impact in proper interpretation. Such is the case with the "kingdom of God," the "kingdom of heaven," and the "kingdom of their Father." Most people mistakenly read the parables and make totally wrong statements about "heaven" because they do not pay attention to small details. So, just what is the difference between these three "kingdoms?" Or, are they synonymous, as most people assume? How would you respond?

This is just my opinion, but here is how I would respond to the question. First, let's look at three verses in the Book of Matthew which use the subject phrases. If all three refer to the same thing, then there would be no need for different wording. Prov. 30:5 tells us that every word of God is pure. Therefore, my starting point would be to assume that the Holy Spirit is giving us key words to help us understand and rightly divide the Word. Note also in Rev. 11:15, the Bible tells us of kingdoms (plural).

Matt 18:1 At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?

Matt 19:24 And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

Matt 13:43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Pleasant Thinking

Kent Haralson
Berean Baptist Church
West Palm Beach, FL


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