The realm over which God rules or will rule, or the sphere of influence within which God’s rule is enacted and God’s will is done. Although a number of OT passages contain related expressions, none refers in so many words to the “kingdom of God.” In the synoptic Gospels, the term constitutes a central feature of Jesus’s preaching. In Matthew, Jesus often speaks of the “kingdom of heaven,” apparently a circumlocution for “kingdom of God” (a way to say the same thing without using the divine name). Many synoptic texts clearly refer to the coming of the kingdom as a dramatic, future event—in some instances, as one that will take place within the lifetime of Jesus’s hearers or their contemporaries (Matt 4:17; Matt 6:10; Matt 10:7; Mark 1:14-15; Mark 9:1; Luke 10:8-12; Luke 11:2; Luke 21:31). Some verses, however, refer more ambiguously to the kingdom’s “coming,” without indicating whether Jesus meant that it had already come or that it would come in the future (Luke 4:43; Luke 9:11). Likewise, a number of passages refer to people “entering” the kingdom, but without making clear whether doing so was understood to be a present or only a future possibility. In the Fourth Gospel, Jesus speaks of the kingdom of God in only one passage (John 3:3; John 3:5). Outside the Gospels, it is mentioned in Acts (Acts 1:3; Acts 6-8:3; Acts 3:17-21; Acts 28:23; Acts 28:30-31) and a few times in Paul’s letters (1Cor 6:9; Gal 5:21; 1Thess 5:1-2; 1Thess 5:23; 2Thess 1:5).
17From that time Jesus began to proclaim, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”
10Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
7As you go, proclaim the good news, ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’
The Beginning of the Galilean Ministry
14Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God,
15and saying, “The time is fulfill ... View more
1And he said to them, “Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see that the kingdom of God has come with power.”
8Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you;
9cure the sick who are there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come ne ... View more
2He said to them, “When you pray, say:
Father, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
31So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near.
43But he said to them, “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other cities also; for I was sent for this purpose.”
11When the crowds found out about it, they followed him; and he welcomed them, and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed to be cur ... View more
3Jesus answered him, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.”
5Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit.
3After his suffering he presented himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.
Seven Chosen to Serve
1Now during those days, when the disciples were increasing in number, the Hellenists complained against the Hebrews because their widows w ... View more
17“And now, friends, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers.
18In this way God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, that ... View more
Paul Preaches in Rome
23After they had set a day to meet with him, they came to him at his lodgings in great numbers. From morning until evening he explained th ... View more
30He lived there two whole years at his own expense and welcomed all who came to him,
31proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ w ... View more
9Do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived! Fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, male prostitutes, sodomites,
21envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these. I am warning you, as I warned you before: those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
1Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers and sisters, you do not need to have anything written to you.
2For you yourselves know very well that the day ... View more
23May the God of peace himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Judgment at Christ's Coming
5This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, and is intended to make you worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are ... View more