Date: June 9, 2019

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“God’s rule of grace in the world, a future period foretold by the prophets of the Old Testament and identified and ministered by Jesus as beginning of His public ministry and continuing today through His ministry in the church, until that Day it is consummated with His coming and rule on earth.” Jack Hayford
I. The Kingdom of God is both a Present Reality and a Future Hope (Luke 17:20-21).
A. The Old Testament prophets saw Messiah’s future coming as the consummation of the age (Isa. 40:1-12, 60:1-3).
B. Jesus’ first coming brought the inauguration of the Kingdom (Luke 4:18-21, 17:20-21).
Luke 4:18-21 - … 21 … “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
Luke 17:20-21 (NIV) - 20 Once, on being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed, 21 nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is in your midst.”
C. The rejection of Messiah by Israel brought about the church age (Matt. 21:40-43).
Matt 21:40-43 - …“43Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit.”
D. Jesus’ second coming will result in the consummation of the Kingdom (Luke 9:11-12; 1 Cor. 15:24; Rev. 21:1).
1 Cor. 15:24 - Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power.
Rev. 21:1 – Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.
II. The Implications of Jesus’ Kingdom Parables are Encouraging and Sobering (Matt. 13).
A. Many “good-soiled” people are saved into the kingdom; most people are not (vs. 1-23).
B. Kingdom people live alongside the “weeds”; vindication and judgement will come at the end of this age (vs. 24-30, 36-43).
C. The present kingdom slowly and imperceptibly advances during the current age (vs. 31-33).
D. The kingdom is to be valued above all else this present world offers (vs. 44-46).
E. The kingdom’s advancement catches up both good and bad fish; only the good are taken (vs. 47-50).
III. There are Many Blessings for Believers Today even as we Wait for their Fullness.
A. Believers have been granted forgiveness and are freed from condemnation, yet must daily seek forgiveness for wrongs committed.
B. Believers already have the Spirit that seeks righteousness, yet the battle between the Spirit-led life and the flesh continues.
C. Believers have been given resurrection life, yet are still subject to the physical death of the old order.
D. Believers experience physical and emotional healing in this life, yet these are never guaranteed until the kingdom age to come.
E. Freedom from demonic possession and oppression is a kingdom right of believers, yet they are commanded to continually resist the devil and his minions.
F. Various spiritual giftings are given to each believer, yet the development of Christ-like character is what the Lord desires.
G. The fruit of the Spirit is a natural development in the believer however they need to partner with the Spirit’s leading.
H. Believers are citizens of heaven, but are called to submit to earthly rulers in this age. Questions for further study and review: 1. When is the last time you’ve ever felt a tension in a decision you have to make or about a matter concerning to you? What was it? What were the options? How did the tension resolve? 2. Read Isaiah 40:1-12, 60:1-3, Luke 4:18-21, 17:20-21. How did Jesus fulfill the Scripture in regards to the Kingdom of God? Is the Kingdom of God a reality on earth, or is it only a future hope? Explain. 3. Read Matt. 13. In what ways does Jesus use each of these kingdom parables to correct the Jewish misunderstanding of the Kingdom of God? 4. Review the points under III above. What are the very practical and daily implications of each of these in the life of the believer? Can you give an example or two of each of these in your own life? 5. Take time to reflect upon the tension of the present and future realities of the kingdom. In what ways does knowing about this tension encourage you do persevere in a testing or trial you are facing today? Ask the Lord to give you His kingdom perspective for each one, and thank Him for it!

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