Are the terms "The Church" and "The Kingdom" often
refering to the same thing?
Move your cursor over each of the scriptures to find out.
|Used interchangeably||Mt 16:19||Mt 16:18|
|Both are comprised of saints||Col 1:13||Col 1:2|
|Both are blood-purchased||Rev 5:9-10||Acts 20:28|
|Both are comprised of priests||Rev 1:6,9; 5:9,10||1 Tim 3:15,1 Pet 2:5|
|The terms of entrance||Jn 3:5||Eph 5:26, Titus 3:5|
|The memorial supper||Mt 26:26-29||1 Cor 11:20-27|
|The glory and exaltation||Isa 2:2,3||Eph 3:21|
|The time of deliverance||1 Cor 15:24||1 Thess 4:16,17|
|Both have the same owner||Jn 18:36||Mt 16:18|
|Christians are in both||Rev 1:6||Rev 1:4|
|God to establish Davidís throne||2 Sam 7:12-16||Acts 2:29ff, Heb 1:1ff|
|Word to go forth from Jerusalem||Isa 2:2,3||Lk 24:47|
|Established in the latter days||Isa 2:2,3||Acts 2:17-47|
|All nations shall flow into it||Isa 2:2,3||Mk 16:15,16|
|The time of establishment||Dan 2:44||Mk 1:15; Lk 3:1|
|Ruler over its inhabitants||1 Tim 6:15||Eph 5:23|
|Reward for the faithful||Mt 25:31-34||1 Cor 15:58|
The conclusion is obvious. The church and kingdom in this present age have
the same owner, ruler, terms of admission, membership, memorial supper, etc. In
this present time period on the earth, they are identical. The same group of
people who follow the same Lord are identified from two different perspectives.
Passages like Colossians 1:13; Revelation 1:6; 1:9; 5:9-10 along with many
others make it abundantly clear that the promised Old Testament kingdom is now
in existence! If one denies this, then he is saying Jesus was in error in Mark
1:14,15 and 9:1.