6.2.3.4 The kingdom of God

The image of the kingdom of God refers to the reign of God in His church. Jesus described the kingdom of God in many parables and with various emphases (Matthew 13). The "kingdom of God" can, for example, represent:

  • Jesus Christ, the present Lord Himself (Luke 17: 21),

  • His church, which is present on earth,

  • the kingly reign which will be revealed at the marriage feast in heaven (Revelation 19: 6-7),

  • the kingdom of peace which Jesus Christ, the returning Lord, will establish on earth,

  • the eternal kingly reign of God in the new creation, and

  • the realm of eternal life.

In John 3: 3, 5 it states that the kingdom of God is only accessible to those who have been born of God: "unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God ... unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God." To "see the kingdom of God" means to see God face to face. For the firstlings, this will already come to pass on the day of the Lord (1 John 3: 2): they will see the realm of eternal life.

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