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Three Parables of the Kingdom

November 1, 2015 Speaker: John Bell Series: The Parables of Jesus

Passage: Matthew 13:24–13:43

“Three Parables of the Kingdom”
Mt. 13:24-43

Question: How can the Kingdom of Heaven be present in the world without wiping out all opposition?
Answer: The Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds

1. In his inaugurated Kingdom, God permits the righteous and the wicked to coexist until the end of the age.
2. The wicked will eventually be separated out and judged – in hell.
3. The righteous will be gathered together, rewarded, and brought into God’s presence.*

Question: What is the Kingdom of Heaven like?
Answer: The Parables of the Mustard Seed and Leaven

1. God’s Kingdom begins humbly, but becomes glorious

* Blomberg (1990) Interpreting the Parables


New Testament Concept of “Kingdom”
1. Universal/Saving (in relation to people)
2. Already Here/Not Yet Come (in relation to time)

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