Route 11 - The Kingdom of Christ - Matthew 16:28
The Kingdom of Old Testament promise and prophecy is a subject of great interest to most people.  This is the case
because of so much millennial speculation.  The TV and radio preachers have made it so by their fascinating
interpretations of prophecy that "explain" the unrest and uncertainty of the political situations in the Middle East.  As
we would expect, these false notions have led to much confusion concerning the true nature of the Messianic
Kingdom.

In traveling this route, we will compare passages that address various aspects of the
kingdom of Christ, to
passages that address characteristics of the
church of Christ, and will identify both from scripture.




Church of Christ
at
Locks Cross Roads
         What is the Kingdom of Christ?

         Kingdom of Christ = Kingdom of God
Back to Mark Your Bibles Index Page
11 - Matthew 16:28
- Kingdom defined: basileia 1) Royal power, kingship, dominion, rule, 2) a kingdom, the territory subject to the rule
 of a king (Thayer's Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament)
- This word describes the governmental relationship between Christ and the people who have been called out of
  the world.
- The kingdom of Christ is also referred to as the kingdom of God.
            - Mark 9:1

          Kingdom of God = Kingdom of Heaven

11 - Mark 10:25
- The kingdom of God is also referred to as the kingdom of heaven.
            - Matthew 19:23
          Kingdom of Heaven = Christ's Church

11 - Matthew 16:18-19
- The kingdom of heaven is also referred to as Christ's church.
- The terms
kingdom and church are simply two terms used to describe the different ways the same group of
  people, Christians, are related to Christ in both their identity and service.
- Christ would not tell of the church He would build, and then promise to give the apostles the keys to some other
  structure.
- Church defined:  ekklesia, from ek: out of, and klesis: a calling (kaleo: to call) 1) people called out of the world by
  the gospel and into a relationship with God through Christ.
            - 2nd Thessalonians 2:13-14
- The word "church" describes people, the choice they have made to come out of the world of sin, the new
  relationship they now have with God, and the group which results from a plurality of those of like mind.

Conclusion:
Kingdom of Christ = Kingdom of God = Kingdom of Heaven = Christ's Church
          Christ is Ruler Over His Kingdom and His Church

11 - 1st Timothy 6:15
- Christ is ruler over His kingdom.

11 - Ephesians 1:19-23
- Christ is ruler over His church.
- What other word is used to describe His church?  His body.

          
People of All Nations are in His Kingdom and His Church

11 - Romans 15:7-12
- What word indicates a kingdom?  reign
- What words indicate the nations that are in Christ's kingdom?  Circumcision (Jews), Gentiles.
- People of all nations (Jews and Gentiles) are in Christ's kingdom.
11 - Ephesians 2:11-13, 16
- What word is used for the church?  body
- What words indicate the nations that are in Christ's church?
            - Gentiles, Uncircumcision, aliens, strangers, having no hope, without God, far off
            - Circumcision, Israel
            - both
- People of all nations are in Christ's church.

          
The Owner of the Kingdom and the Church are the same

11 - John 18:36
- What word indicates ownership?  My
- Christ owns His kingdom.

11 - Matthew 16:18
- What word indicates ownership?  My
- Christ owns His church.
          The Purchase Price of the Kingdom and the Church are the same

11 - Revelation 1:5,9
- Christ's kingdom was purchased with Christ's blood.

11 - Acts 20:28
- Christ's church was purchased with Christ's blood.

          
The Keys of Authority and Entrance into the Kingdom and the Church are the same

11 - Matthew 16:18-19
- The keys given by Christ to the apostles would open both the church and the kingdom of heaven.
          Terms of Entry into the Kingdom and the Church are the same

11 - John 3:1-5
- By baptism (being born again), one enters into the kingdom.

11 - Acts 2:40-41, 47
- By baptism, one enters into the church.

          
Memorial Supper is the same for the Kingdom and the Church

11 - Luke 22:14-18
- Matthew 26:29
- Christ instituted His Supper before His death, to be partaken of in His kingdom.
11 - 1st Corinthians 11:23-26
- Christ instituted His Supper before His death, and it was partaken of in His church.
            - Acts 20:7 and 1st Corinthians 10:16-17

          
The Reward is the same for the Kingdom and the Church

11 - 1st Corinthians 15:24
- The reward for the kingdom is Heaven.

11 - 1st Thessalonians 4:13-17
- The reward for the church is Heaven.

11 - Revelation 1:4,9
- John wrote to the churches of Asia who were in the tribulation and kingdom and patience of Christ.
11 - Colossians 1:2,13
- The church at Colosse had been delivered from the power of darkness and conveyed (translated) into the
  kingdom of Christ.

Conclusion
Either there were two, parallel groups of people claiming the same requirements living at the same
time, one calling themselves the kingdom and one calling themselves the church, or they were the
same people bearing different descriptions depending on which relationship with Christ was under
consideration.

The people making up the kingdom of Christ are the same people making up the church of Christ.