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Is the church and the kingdom the same?

July 21, 2009

John Allan

The church is the spiritual kingdom of Christ on earth. The kingdom and the church have the same identifying marks. A study of the following scriptures reveals they are not separate institutions on the earth, but the same:

Usage Kingdom Church
Used interchangeably Matthew 16:19 Matthew 16:18
Comprised of saints Colossians 1:13 Colossians 1:2
Blood-purchased Revelation 5:9-10 Acts 20:28
Comprised of priests Revelation 1:6,9 1 Peter 2:5
Terms of entrance John 3:5 Ephesians 5:26 , Tit. 3:5
Memorial Supper Matthew 26:26-29 1 Corinthians 11:20-27
Glory & exaltation Isaiah 2:2-3 Ephesians 3:21
Time of deliverance 1 Corinthians 15:24 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
Have the same owner John 18:36 Matthew 16:18
Set up David’s throne 2 Samuel 7:12-16 Acts 2:29-36
Began at Jerusalem Isaiah 2:2-3 Luke 24:47
Began in latter days Isaiah 2:2-3 Acts 2:17-47
All nations flow into it Isaiah 2:2-3 Mark 16:15-16
Time of establishment Daniel 2:44 Mark 1:15 ; Luke 3:1
Ruler over its inhabitants 1 Timothy 6:15 Ephesians 5:23
Reward for the faithful Matthew 25:31-34 1 Corinthians 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. They are identical. Passages like Colossians 1:13 ; 2 Peter 1:11 ; Revelation 1:6,9 ; Revelation 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 fact based on the above scriptural evidence, then he is saying that Jesus was in error in Mark 1:14-15 and Mark 9:1.

This entry was posted on Tuesday, July 21st, 2009 at 6:58 pm and is filed under The Church.

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