Kingdom of God

In the Bible this phrase refers primarily to the kingly rule or sovereignty of God, which according to the NT , He exercises through Jesus Christ. The dominant theme in the teachings of Jesus as set forth in the Synoptic Gospels—His early preaching ( Matt. 4:17 ; Luke 4:43 ), in the Sermon on the Mount ( Matt. 5–7 ), in the early parables ( Matt. 13 ), and at the Last Supper ( Luke 22:29–30 )-is the kingdom of God. The actual phrase does not occur in the OT , though “kingdom” in relation to God is found referring almost always to His authority or kingly rule ( Ps. 22:28 ; 45:6 ; 103:19 ; 145:11 , 13 ; Dan. 4:34 ; 6:26 ; etc.). In the Gospels, “kingdom of God” is used 15 times in Mark, 33 times in Luke, two times in John, and five times in Matthew. The phrase “kingdom of hea...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.