Weekly Bible Teaching

The Gospel of the Kingdom
By Rev. John Cortright on 06/09/2013


The gospel (or the good news) of the Kingdom was the message of Jesus.

Matthew 3:1-2
John the Baptist began preaching this message as the forerunner of Jesus.
The phrase “kingdom of heaven” is unique to the Gospel of Matthew. It means the same thing as the “kingdom of God,” which is the phraseology used in all other New Testament references to this subject.

Matthew 4:17
– Jesus continued preaching the same message: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand [or near].”

Matthew 4:23-24
– The gospel of the Kingdom - the message of the promised Kingdom of God
This was the message of Jesus. Healing and deliverance accompanied the preaching of the Kingdom.

Matthew 5:1-3, 10, 19-20; 6:9-10, 33; 7:21-23
– The Sermon on the Mount focused on the gospel of the Kingdom.

Matthew 8:5-13
– The future Kingdom when many will sit with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob

Matthew 9:35
– Similar to Matthew 4:23

Matthew 10:1, 7-8
The same message was preached by Jesus’ disciples.

Matthew 13:1ff
– The parables contained the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven.

Matthew 14:13-21
The miracle of the loaves and fishes
Compare parallel records: Mark 6:32-44 and Luke 9:10-17. This great miracle followed the teaching of the Kingdom of God.

Matthew 18:1-4
– Humility is required to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

Matthew 19:27-29
– The time of the theocratic Kingdom is associated with inheriting eternal life.

Matthew 20:1-16; 21:18-46; 22:1-14
– More parables about the Kingdom of Heaven

Matthew 23:13
– He reproved the Pharisees. They were not leading people to the Kingdom of God.

Matthew 24:1ff, 25:1ff
– These teachings on the Mount of Olives were about his return and the coming Kingdom.

Matthew 28:18-20
– Jesus commissioned his followers to make disciples of all nations and to observe all he commanded. They continued preaching this message of the Kingdom of God with the additional truth of the death and resurrection of Christ (Acts 1:1-3; 8:12; 19:8; 28:23, 31).

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