What is the Kingdom of Heaven? We Are All Subjects of This Kingdom But We Are Not All Children of the Kingdom
Matthew 13:41. In Matthew 13, Jesus is clear on what is the kingdom of heaven. In this chapter Jesus spoke of many parables concerning the kingdom of heaven, but at the same time he explained what the meaning was behind the parables. One thing he made clear was that the kingdom of heaven exists now and that we are all subjects of this kingdom. All of us may not be children of the kingdom, but we are all subject to its authority.
In Matthew 13:36-43, Jesus explained the parable of the tares of the field. He talks of the children of God being the good seed and the tares being the children of the wicked one. Even though he distinguished people being in two groups, they were still all subjects of the kingdom of heaven. In Matthew 13:41 Jesus explained about end times and said, “The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;” This scripture clearly identifies that the “children of the wicked one” reside in the kingdom of God in the here and now. In the end times, they shall be removed from the kingdom of heaven and they shall be judged accordingly. Some of us may deny it and some of us may not know it, but the kingdom of heaven is at hand and we are all under its authority.
MATTHEW 13 BIBLE SCRIPTURE Matthew 13:41, “The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;”
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