What is the Kingdom of God Like?
Passage: Mark 4:21–34
New Testament Concept of “Kingdom”
- Universal and saving (in relation to people)
- Already here and not yet come (in relation to time)
- In the consummated Kingdom all will acknowledge Jesus as the King of the Kingdom, though now his glory is hidden (21-25)
- Jesus is the lamp of God who has come to bring light and revelation.
- For the present the Kingdom of God, and Jesus’ role in it, remain largely hidden.
- Jesus is hidden in order to be manifested. Concealment intends disclosure, on the Last Day, in the consummated
- The parable of the seed growing secretly (26-29)
- The kingdom will continue to grow inexorably, though sometimes almost invisibly.
- At the end of the age the Kingdom will have grown into all its fullness, after which comes The Judgment.
- The parable of the mustard seed (30-32)
- God’s Kingdom begins humbly but becomes glorious!
- Remarkably small beginnings produce amazingly large results!
- The Kingdom produces ultimate consequences all out of proportion to its insignificant beginnings!