Mysteries of the kingdom of Heaven - 1
- Mathew 13 talks about the "Mysteries of Kingdom of heaven". It
contains eight parables. Before going into the details study about
the mysteries of kingdom of heaven we will see what prominent authors
said about Mathew 13.
"This is a crucial chapter in the Bible, one that every believer
should seek to understand it thoroughly" - WARREN W WEIRSBE
"There is perhaps no term in the scripture so largely used and so
little understood as that of kingdom of heaven " F W Grant
What is the kingdom of God: It simply means the rule or government of
God must have the kingdom to exercise his authority in order to
fulfill His Purpose.
A Logical starting point is understanding the word itself with in the
word kingdom (basilea) there are three interrelated ideas which must
be considered a biblical concept of the term
The right to rule: The first of the concepts or ideas is the right to
rule the authority vested in a king, or the sovereignty or dominion
granted to some one reigning over the kingdom.
The idea is clearly seen in Christ's parable in Luke 19:11-27 esp.
verse 12 says "Went to a far country to receive for himself a kingdom
to return" (V12).
The same idea is seen in revelation 17:12 where we read that "the ten
horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom but
who for one hour will receive authority as kings along with the
beast" notice the terms kingdom and authority (power) are used
interchangeably. Then ten are given the right to exercise sovereign
rule and share the same authority or power the beast exercises in his
The realm of rule: The second concept is that of a realm in which
ruling authority is exercised. This involves the subjects of one in
the authority rather than authority it self. The Lords statement is
that "The kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a
people who will produce its fruit" (Mathew 21:43) shows that he has
subject in view. The same idea is seen in announcement. "The kingdom
of God is near. Repent and believe the Good news" (Mark 1:5). Because
only people can repent, the kingdom must be include a realm in which
kingdom and authority is exercised over people.
The reality of rule: The third concept inherits the idea of kingdom
is that of actual exercise of royal authority. Even if a sovereign
has a right to rule and a realm in which to rule, there cannot be an
actual kingdom apart from the active exercise of that authority
The relationship between the processing authority and exercising
authority is found in various contexts in the scripture. In Mathew
16:19 Christ said to Peter "I Will give you the keys of the kingdom
of heaven" It is clear in this statement that the authority Christ
bestowed was to be exercised.
Essentially to the meaning of the word kingdom is actual exercise of
authority in a realm over which one has sovereign right to rule. If
the exercise of authority is not in view the concept of kingdom is