Kingdom of Heaven

Topics: Jesus, New Testament, Christianity Pages: 2 (420 words) Published: September 25, 2008
The Gospel of Matthew
Upon searching for what Gospel to choose, I took into account not only its content, but also how the Gospel could be interpreted. I chose the book of Matthew because it is one of the most well known Gospels in the New Testament. Furthermore, Matthew possesses a great amount of substance dealing with Jesus, His teachings, and the Kingdom of God.

The Kingdom of God is referred to in both the Old and New Testaments, but it was not until Jesus and his preaching did this notion became present to followers of the Christian religion. The Kingdom of Heaven / God refers not to a physical place, not an Earthly Empire, but to the limitless boundaries in which God and His Rule reign supreme (Matthew 14:22-24).

The Kingdom of God was pronounced during Jesus’ baptism by John, in which a voice could be heard stating that “Jesus was God’s only son, and Heavenly Ruler on Earth” (Matthew 3:17) and through repentance through Jesus Christ could one reach the Kingdom of God (Matthew 4:17). It was stated that because of Jesus reign as the Divine Ruler, His love, and His teachings would inaugurate the Reign of God and His Heavenly Kingdom. The way into God’s Kingdom was open to those who are humble and respectful like that of children (Matthew 5:10; 18:1-4).

The preaching’s of Jesus first announced that the Kingdom of God is within everyone, should they choose to acknowledge and accept its practice. However, the way towards its path is not easy, for each man must change his outlook, repent, and recognize that his time on Earth is not to accept material needs. This is addressed in a comparison by which Matthew declares, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the Kingly Rule of God” (Matthew 19.24).

I believe that this is ultimate message that one should take away whenever a reference to God’s Kingdom is made. God wishes for everyone to join Him in His Kingdom ever after. The way is made...
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