What is the Kingdom of Heaven? Is it synonymous with the Kingdom of God? Has it come, is it coming… or both?
What is the Kingdom of Heaven?
Join us as we attempt to understand the terms used throughout the New Testament in reference to God’s Kingdom. There are a lot of opinions out there about the differences between “Kingdom of Heaven” and “Kingdom of God”. There are also a lot of opinions on this derived from one’s eschatological stance. On this episode, we try to view the concept from a bird’s eye view and allow the topic to be as objective as possible.
So the important issues around this topic are more about how we fit into the Kingdom of Heaven. If we are in the Kingdom, what does that do to us? How should we act? Does it change us at all?
This also relates to our previous episode about allowing context to help us know what Jesus is referring to when he uses these terms. Is he referring to the church as we see it or is he referring to the actual Kingdom whose citizenship is only truly known by God at this time? Is he referring to a present kingdom or a future one? These answers aren’t always readily apparent, but we hope to at least give us a guideline to help us understand.