Verses that Refer to the Kingdom of God.

One of the first things Jesus did after He started His ministry, was to give us the Good News (Gospel)  about the Kingdom of God.

Mar 1:15 NET.  He said, "The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the gospel [good news]!"

The establishment of the Kingdom of God marks a huge turning point in the Plan of God - the "logos" of John 1:1.  From the creation of Adam to the return of Christ - a period of about 6000 years - the world has been mostly controlled by men and women that were not "Christian" in the full meaning of the word.  Men and women who were not Christ like in their thinking and manner.  Sure, during the 6000 years the world has seen some "good" leaders, and certainly many men and women have done "good" things, but the majority have acted out their carnal thoughts, or as one dictionary puts it, actions "marked by the Appetites and Passions of the body".

With the establishment of the Kingdom, a major change will be that only men and women who have proven that they have character will be allowed to hold positions of power and responsibility.  In other words, people who have shown that they are Christian in thought and deed, during their physical life.  Or to put it in the words of the Apostle James - people who have shown by their good deeds that they have faith.

People of all nations will be governed by the Law of God.  Every action by those in charge will be an act of love.  No longer will money , guns, smart talking, or TV coverage give people positions of authority.  You have either qualified, or you don't get it.  No more bribes.  No more "favours" in judgments.

Jesus told us to pray every day "that God's Kingdom will come".  It is that important.  As we read the following verses, let our minds try and grasp the difference between what we have today, and how the world will be run during the Kingdom of God.

To be part of it, we need to qualify while we still have life.


Psa 45:6 NET.  Your throne, O God, is permanent.
    The scepter of your kingdom is a scepter of justice.
Dan 2:44 NET.  In the days of those kings the God of heaven will raise up an everlasting kingdom that will not be destroyed and a kingdom that will not be left to another people. It will break in pieces and bring about the demise of all these kingdoms. But it will stand forever.
Dan 6:26 NET.  I have issued an edict that throughout all the dominion of my kingdom people are to revere and fear the God of Daniel.
    "For he is the living God;
    he endures forever.
    His kingdom will not be destroyed;
    his authority is forever.
Zec 10:6 NET.  "I (says the LORD) will strengthen the kingdom of Judah and deliver the people of Joseph and will bring them back because of my compassion for them. They will be as though I had never rejected them, for I am the LORD their God and therefore I will hear them.
Mat 12:28 NET.  But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has already overtaken you.
Mat 19:24 NET.  Again I say, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter into the kingdom of God."
Mat 21:31 NET.  Which of the two did his father's will?" They said, "The first." Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, tax collectors and prostitutes will go ahead of you into the kingdom of God!
Mat 21:43 NET.  For this reason I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit.
Mar 1:15 NET.  He said, "The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the gospel!"
Mar 4:11 NET.  He said to them, "The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those outside, everything is in parables,
Mar 4:26-27 NET.  He also said, "The kingdom of God is like someone who spreads seed on the ground.  (27)  He goes to sleep and gets up, night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how.
Mar 4:30-31 NET.  He also asked, "To what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable can we use to present it?  (31)  It is like a mustard seed that when sown in the ground, even though it is the smallest of all the seeds in the ground —
Mar 9:47 NET.  If your eye causes you to sin, tear it out! It is better to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell,
Mar 10:14-15 NET.  But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, "Let the little children come to me and do not try to stop them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.  (15)  I tell you the truth, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will never enter it."
Mar 10:21-23 NET.  As Jesus looked at him, he felt love for him and said, "You lack one thing. Go, sell whatever you have and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."  (22)  But at this statement, the man looked sad and went away sorrowful, for he was very rich.  (23)  Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, "How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!"
Mar 10:24-25 NET.  The disciples were astonished at these words. But again Jesus said to them, "Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God!  (25)  It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God."
Mar 12:32-34 NET.  The expert in the law said to him, "That is true, Teacher; you are right to say that he is one, and there is no one else besides him.  (33)  And to love him with all your heart, with all your mind, and with all your strength  and to love your neighbor as yourself  is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices."  (34)  When Jesus saw that he had answered thoughtfully, he said to him, "You are not far from the kingdom of God." Then no one dared any longer to question him.
Mar 14:25 NET.  I tell you the truth, I will no longer drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God."
Mar 15:43 NET.  Joseph of Arimathea, a highly regarded member of the council, who was himself looking forward to the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.
Luk 4:43 NET.  But Jesus said to them, "I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns too, for that is what I was sent to do."
Luk 6:20 NET.  Then he looked up at his disciples and said:     "Blessed are you who are poor [in spirit - see Mat], for the kingdom of God belongs to you.
Luk 7:28 NET.  I tell you, among those born of women no one is greater than John. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he is."
Luk 8:1 NET.  Some time afterward he went on through towns and villages, preaching and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The twelve were with him,
Luk 8:10 NET.  He said, "You have been given the opportunity to know the secrets of the kingdom of God, but for others they are in parables, so that although they see they may not see, and although they hear they may not understand.
Luk 9:2 NET.  and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.
Luk 9:11 NET.  But when the crowds found out, they followed him. He welcomed them, spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and cured those who needed healing.
Luk 9:60 NET.  But Jesus said to him, "Let the dead bury their own dead, but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God."
Luk 9:62 NET.  Jesus said to him, "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God."
Luk 10:9 NET.  Heal the sick in that town and say to them, 'The kingdom of God has come upon you!'
Luk 11:19-20 NET.  Now if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges.  (20)  But if I cast out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has already overtaken you.
Luk 13:18-21 NET.  Thus Jesus asked, "What is the kingdom of God like? To what should I compare it?  (19)  It is like a mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the wild birds nested in its branches."  (20)  Again he said, "To what should I compare the kingdom of God?  (21)  It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed with three measures of flour until all the dough had risen."
Luk 13:28-29 NET.  There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth when you see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets in the kingdom of God but you yourselves thrown out.  (29)  Then people will come from east and west, and from north and south, and take their places at the banquet table in the kingdom of God.
Luk 14:13-15 NET.  But when you host an elaborate meal, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind.  (14)  Then you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous."  (15)  When one of those at the meal with Jesus heard this, he said to him, "Blessed is everyone who will feast in the kingdom of God!"
Luk 16:16 NET.  "The law and the prophets were in force until John; since then, the good news of the kingdom of God has been proclaimed, and everyone is urged to enter it.
Luk 17:20-21 NET.  Now at one point the Pharisees asked Jesus when the kingdom of God was coming, so he answered, "The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed,  (21)  nor will they say, 'Look, here it is!' or 'There!' For indeed, the kingdom of God is in your midst."
Luk 18:15-17 NET.  Now people were even bringing their babies to him for him to touch. But when the disciples saw it, they began to scold those who brought them.  (16)  But Jesus called for the children, saying, "Let the little children come to me and do not try to stop them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.  (17)  I tell you the truth, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will never enter it."
Luk 18:23-24 NET.  But when the man heard this he became very sad, for he was extremely wealthy.  (24)  When Jesus noticed this, he said, "How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!
Luk 19:11 NET.  While the people were listening to these things, Jesus proceeded to tell a parable, because he was near to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God was going to appear immediately.
Luk 21:31 NET.  So also you, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near.
Luk 22:15-16 NET.  And he said to them, "I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.  (16)  For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God."
Luk 23:51 NET.  (He had not consented to their plan and action.) He was from the Judean town of Arimathea, and was looking forward to the kingdom of God.
Joh 3:3 NET.  Jesus replied, "I tell you the solemn truth, unless a person is born from above, he cannot see the kingdom of God."
Joh 3:5-6 NET.  Jesus answered, "I tell you the solemn truth, unless a person is born of water and spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.  (6)  What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit.
Act 1:3 NET.  To the same apostles also, after his suffering, he presented himself alive with many convincing proofs. He was seen by them over a forty-day period and spoke about matters concerning the kingdom of God.
Act 8:12 NET.  But when they believed Philip as he was proclaiming the good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they began to be baptized, both men and women.
Act 14:22 NET.  They strengthened the souls of the disciples and encouraged them to continue in the faith, saying, "We must enter the kingdom of God through many persecutions."
Act 19:8 NET.  So Paul entered the synagogue and spoke out fearlessly for three months, addressing and convincing them about the kingdom of God.
Act 28:23 NET.  They set a day to meet with him, and they came to him where he was staying in even greater numbers. From morning until evening he explained things to them, testifying about the kingdom of God and trying to convince them about Jesus from both the law of Moses and the prophets.
Act 28:30-31 NET.  Paul lived there two whole years in his own rented quarters and welcomed all who came to him,  (31)  proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with complete boldness and without restriction.
Rom 14:17 NET.  For the kingdom of God does not consist of food and drink, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.
1Co 4:20 NET.  For the kingdom of God is demonstrated not in idle talk but with power.
1Co 6:9 NET.  Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived! The sexually immoral, idolaters, adulterers, passive homosexual partners, practicing homosexuals,
1Co 6:10 NET.  thieves, the greedy, drunkards, the verbally abusive, and swindlers will not inherit the kingdom of God.
1Co 15:23-24 NET.  But each in his own order: Christ, the firstfruits; then when Christ comes, those who belong to him.  (24)  Then comes the end, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father, when he has brought to an end all rule and all authority and power.
1Co 15:50 NET.  Now this is what I am saying, brothers and sisters: Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.
Gal 5:21 NET.  envying, murder, drunkenness, carousing, and similar things. I am warning you, as I had warned you before: Those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God!
Eph 5:5 NET.  For you can be confident of this one thing: that no person who is immoral, impure, or greedy (such a person is an idolater) has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.
Col 4:10-11 NET.  Aristarchus, my fellow prisoner, sends you greetings, as does Mark, the cousin of Barnabas (about whom you received instructions; if he comes to you, welcome him).  (11)  And Jesus who is called Justus also sends greetings. In terms of Jewish converts, these are the only fellow workers for the kingdom of God, and they have been a comfort to me.
1Th 2:11-12 NET.  As you know, we treated each one of you as a father treats his own children,  (12)  exhorting and encouraging you and insisting that you live in a way worthy of God who calls you to his own kingdom and his glory.
2Th 1:5 NET.  This is evidence of God's righteous judgment, to make you worthy of the kingdom of God, for which in fact you are suffering.
Heb 1:8 NET.  but of the Son he says,
    "Your throne, O God, is forever and ever,
    and a righteous scepter is the scepter of your kingdom.
Heb 12:28 NET.  So since we are receiving an unshakable kingdom, let us give thanks, and through this let us offer worship pleasing to God in devotion and awe.
Jas 2:5 NET.  Listen, my dear brothers and sisters! Did not God choose the poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom that he promised to those who love him?
Rev 1:5-6 NET.  and from Jesus Christ — the faithful witness, the firstborn from among the dead, the ruler over the kings of the earth. To the one who loves us and has set us free from our sins at the cost of his own blood  (6)  and has appointed us as a kingdom, as priests serving his God and Father — to him be the glory and the power for ever and ever! Amen.
Rev 1:9 NET.  I, John, your brother and the one who shares with you in the persecution, kingdom, and endurance that are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony about Jesus.
Rev 5:10 NET.  You have appointed them as a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth."
Rev 12:10 NET.  Then I heard a loud voice in heaven saying,
    "The salvation and the power
    and the kingdom of our God,
    and the ruling authority of his Christ, have now come,
    because the accuser of our brothers and sisters,
    the one who accuses them day and night before our God,
    has been thrown down.



Bob Orchard Mar 2009

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