The Church of the New Testament and the Kingdom of Christ are ONE institution.
Jesus himself used the terms “CHURCH” and “KINGDOM” interchangeably in his announcement at Caesarea Philippi (Matthew 16:18)
It is mandatory to view the Lord’s words there as a reference NOT to two institutions but to ONE.
A careful attention to this, with a little patience, will prove the church and the kingdom to be one institution, in very much the same way that two triangles may be proved congruent by a proposition in plane geometry.
- Christ is the head of the church (Ephesians 1:22)
- Christ is the king of the kingdom (Colossians 1:13)
- One is baptized into the (1 Corinthians 12:13)
- One is baptized into he church the kingdom (John 3:5)
- The Church is The Kingdom everlasting, an everlasting institution (Ephesians 3:21) (Daniel 2:44)
- The apostles are in the church the kingdom reigning (Ephesians 2:20) with Christ (Matthew 19:28).
- The church is The kingdom identified with the “washing of “times of regeneration,” that regeneration,” that is, the new birth is, the times of the (Titus 3:5). new birth (Matthew 19:28).
- The Lord’s table is in the church in the kingdom (1 Corinthians 11:26). (Luke 22:29,30)
- The word of God is called “the word of faith, that is, of the kingdom” the gospel Paul (Matthew 13:19) preached (Romans 10:8).
- The seven parables – All seven of them of Matt.13 have are identified with been understood for the kingdom of ages as applying to heaven the church. (Matthew 13:19,24,31, 33,44,45,47 etc.)
- The gospel of Christ and The teachings of and his church of Christ are called the the “mysteries of “mystery,” kept in the kingdom of silence; etc. heaven” (Romans 16:25). (Matthew 13:11).
- Christ’s church is The kingdom and is also called the “Israel identified as that of God” (Galatians 6:16). same “Israel of God” (Matthew 19:28)
Such a comparison may be extended to embrace every salient feature of the church and of the kingdom, and the result is always the same as that shown above.
Only one other such similarity will be noted here; and, due to its importance, a little fuller discussion of it is included.