Basileía especially refers to the rule of Christ in believers’ hearts – which is a rule that “one day will be universal on the physical earth in the Millennium” (G. Archer).
- He who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word (of the kingdom) and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. (Matt. 13:23 (19))
- The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. (Matt. 13:24)
- The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field. (Matt. 13:31)
- The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened. (Matt. 13:33)
- The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. (Matt. 13:44)
- The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it. (Matt 13:44-5)
- The kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet that was cast into the sea and gathered some of every kind, which, when it was full, they drew to shore; and they sat down and gathered the good into vessels, but threw the bad away. (Matt. 13:47-8)
I see seed, leaven, hidden treasure, and the pearl worth everything; and then the final judgement. It is easy to imagine the seed and the leaven as being on the inside of our lives: in us, within us, or among us. The treasure and the pearl, to me, speak of giving up everything. The dragnet is the final accounting of the kingdom, when people are in or out.
The kingdom is Jesus’ message, then and now. He calls us into his kingdom and then the kingdom works in our lives. It is that simple.
It really is not about doctrine or ecclesiology. It is about Jesus Christ, Lord, Savior, and King. We are like the man Jesus healed who was born blind, who said, “All I know is that I was once blind and now I see” (John 9:25).
The question is not, “Have you got good theology?”, or, “Are you going to the right (or a good) church?” But, the question is, “Do you know Jesus?”, and “Does he know you?” In other words, “Do you have an ongoing, living, vital relationship with the living Christ?”
It seems to me that the Pharisees were into indoctrination and idealogues. They were idealogues about their ecclesiology, about how they practiced their faith and worshiped. Strangely, their faith and worship were inauthentic. Jesus, paradoxically, said that they say the right thing sometimes, but nearly always do the wrong thing (Matt. 23).
That is the core, the main thing. That is, “The kingdom of God is within you”. If Christ has you and his kingdom has you, then you will live his life, bearing fruit and loving others.
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