What Is the Kingdom of God?
When we think about the message of the Bible, we should never lose sight of God's kingdom, or his reign over his people, and ultimately his reign over the entire universe. In the Bible, the idea of kingdom is used in two senses:
It is God's sovereign rule over all things. God rules over all things, always and forever. He is the king, he is sovereign, and he is in charge.
There is another sense in which God's kingdom is not yet fully present. That's why we pray, "Your kingdom come, your will be done." This sense of God's kingdom is the manifestation of God's rule to everybody and the submission of all things and all wills to God.
As God's kingdom advances in this second sense, we see the advance of God's saving reign, and ultimately the advance of the gospel.
From the very beginning, God promised to reign over his people. He promised to be their covenant ruler, so that they would submit to him, and live under his good and perfect rule. But sin has broken that relationship.
Therefore, the message of the Bible is a story of God reestablishing his reign as king. In and through Jesus, his kingdom has come. And one day, when Jesus returns, he will reign over all things as the perfect king. And all of his people will submit to his reign and enjoy life in his kingdom forever.
The Bible tells us one story about our Creator God, who made all things and rules over all.
How does knowing the end of the story influence the way we think about the story now?
Jesus claimed that the fulfillment of the Old Testament hope with its attendant blessings was present in his person and ministry.