The following articles are related to the topic of KINGDOM

How Can the Church Be the Fulfillment of Daniel 2:44?

We recently received a question concerning the fulfillment of Daniel 2:44, as to how it can be said that the establishment of the church crushed and brought an end to earthly kingdoms. When Daniel gave Nebuchadnezzar the divine interpretation of the king's dream, he said: "And in the days of those kings shall the God of heaven set up a ... read more »

Can God Be Seen?

"In the sermon on the mount, Jesus taught: 'Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God' (Mt. 5:8). This statement appears to conflict with other passages. For example, Paul wrote that no man has seen God, or can see him (1 Tim. 6:16). How are these verses to be reconciled?" When Paul affirmed that no human being ... read more »

What Is the Meaning of “Pluck Out Your Eye”?

"What did Jesus mean in Mark 9:43ff when he said if the hand, foot, or eye causes you to sin to cut the hand or foot off or pluck the eye out? I have heard sermons where it was said that Jesus did not mean that literally. I could accept that if it were not for the fact the he ... read more »

Acts 10 & 11 – Was Cornelius Saved before Being Baptized?

Was Cornelius, the Roman centurion, saved before and without baptism? Some so claim. They reason in this fashion: Cornelius received the Holy Spirit prior to being baptized (Acts 10:44-48). But only a child of God receives the Holy Spirit. Thus, Cornelius was a child of God before his baptism. The argument is invalid for several reasons. First, Cornelius' reception of ... read more »

Babies: Those “Awful” Creatures!

A sincere person has had a difficult time in dealing with his infant children. In his frustration, he has accepted a theological position that is not in harmony with the Scriptures. He believes that babies are sinners. He does not impute to them the guilt of Adam's sin (as many religious people customarily do); rather, he charges that infants are ... read more »

Matthew 5:5 — Meek Inherit the Earth

In the Sermon on the Mount, Christ declared: "Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth" (Matthew 5:5). There are two misconceptions commonly connected with this passage. First, the nature of meekness is misunderstood. Second, some contend that the verse speaks of a future, eternal abode upon the earth. Who are the meek? To many, "meekness" suggests the ... read more »

Who Are the Pure in Heart?

"What did Jesus Christ mean when he said, 'Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God?' Does this mean if a person is sincere before the Lord, and tries to keep his mind pure, he will be saved?" As we begin a response to this question, bear in mind this vital truth. No single passage may be ... read more »

Two Examples: Which One Applies?

"Some argue that John the Baptist's teaching - that it was not lawful for Herod to have his brother's wife (Mk. 6:18) - establishes a New Testament example of how someone today may be required to leave his wife. "How can it be right to use the 'John-Herod' case as an example for today, when we refuse to use the ... read more »

The City of Ten Thousand Memories

"Jerusalem," "the city of David," "Zion" - these are a few of the names of that ancient place that has been called "The City of Ten Thousand Memories." When David moved Israel's capitol to this location, Jerusalem became the heart of Hebrew history. It was in Jerusalem that Solomon fashioned the Temple, for which David, his father, had prepared the ... read more »

The Mandate for Christian Unity – A Study of Ephesians 4:1-6

While many in today's world are engaged in celebrating "diversity," the Bible places an extraordinary emphasis on the value of "unity." The Persons of the Godhead are a grand tri-unity of absolute perfection (cf. Deuteronomy 6:4; John 10:30). The majestic universe, though bearing the abrasions of divine judgment (Romans 8:20), nonetheless exhibits the glory of God in a harmony of ... read more »