God’s Plan For Salvation: The Kingdom Part 2
In the previous article we took a tour of the concept of the promise of a Kingdom in the Old Testament. God had promised to Abraham that Kings would come from him. He had also promised to David that a descendant of his would sit on the throne forever. Prophets like Isaiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, and Haggai talked about how an everlasting King and an eternal Kingdom would arise one day. In this lesson we will look at how Jesus fulfills this.
The wise men sought the King of the Jews. (Matthew 2:2)
God’s spoke from heaven declaring Jesus to be His son and the King of prophecy.
- Matt. 3:17 is quoting from Psalm 2
The Kingdom was presented by John (Matt. 3:2) and Jesus as being at hand (Matt. 4:17).
- Jesus said some present would see the kingdom in their lifetime, (Matt. 16:28)
Jesus claimed to be the King of a Kingdom not of this earth. (John 18:36)
The Gospel that converted people was teaching about the Kingdom. (Acts 8:12)
- This included Moses and the prophets. (Acts 28:23)
- This was clearly fulfilled by Jesus Christ (Acts 28:31)
- He was a descendant of Abraham, David, and Zerubabel (see Matt. 1).
Jesus’ work takes us out of Darkness and into His own Kingdom. (Col. 1:13; 1 Pet. 2:11)
Jesus is an eternal King and priest of the order of Melchizedek. (Hebrews 7)
Christians receive entrance into an unshakeable Kingdom. (Heb. 12:28)
- This is just like what the prophets predicted.
- This kingdom includes God, angelic beings, OT faithful, and NT saints (12:22-23)
- We are still waiting for the complete fulfillment of this. (2 Pet. 1:11)
Christ Jesus is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. (Rev. 19:16)
- In a sense we can reign with Him once in the Kingdom. (Rev. 2:26-27)