Explanation of the Chart: Chapter 1

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In the divine order of things there could be but ONE Kingdom of God and of heaven, as obviously set forth throughout the Word of God, seeing there is but one Lord and King over all. “And the Lord shall be King over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and His name one” (Zech. 14:99And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one. (Zechariah 14:9)). Therefore the kingdom, as a whole, may be appropriately represented in the Chart as it appears on the facing page.
As, however, many different facts are presented to us in the Word concerning this one kingdom, it is important and instructive to classify or group these facts under certain divisions of the subject, according to the meaning and application of the numerous passages. By this means we are enabled to arrive at a clearer and fuller apprehension of the whole subject in all its different bearings. Indeed, it seems indispensable to a right understanding of the Kingdom of God thus to arrange and classify all the texts of Scripture relating to it. On a close examination of all these different texts, it will be found that they can be rightly and instructively arranged under three main divisions: namely, the ASPECTS, CONSTITUTION and PHASES of the kingdom, with a few subdivisions under the last two headings.
On the Chart these three divisions are thus displayed. First, around the rim of the circle the four ASPECTS appear as the Kingdom of God, the Kingdom of heaven, the Kingdom of the Son and the Father’s Kingdom. Then within the circle is shown the second main division, the CONSTITUTION, with four subdivisions, and the third main division, the PHASES, having three subdivisions, the Past, Present and Future phases, each of which is briefly defined on the Chart itself. All these divisions are fully explained in the body of this book, in order as they appear on the Chart.
Now assuming that the foregoing summarized divisions of the subject are scripturally correct, as I take them to be, then all the passages in Scripture referring to the kingdom must, as a matter of course, come under one or another of the divisions of the summary set forth in the Chart.
To be used in connection with the Chart, a List of all the direct passages of Scripture referring to the kingdom is given at the end of this chapter in the abbreviated form of a concordance, in order to facilitate a ready reference to them, and at the same time to present a full view of every direct reference to the kingdom.
There are, besides these, a very large number of indirect references, both in the Old and New Testaments, but to take up all these would far exceed the limits assigned to this small book.
I have therefore confined my observations to the direct passages containing the words “kingdom,” “the Kingdom of God,” “the Kingdom of heaven,” “the Kingdom of the Son” and “the Father’s Kingdom.”
As most of the errors that are made with regard to this subject are chiefly due to a misapplication of the various references to it, it is manifestly of the first importance that we should be provided with some system of classification, whereby we might be enabled to assign to each of these numerous and diverse passages the right class or division to which it properly belongs or applies, and thus be found “rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:1515Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15)) according to the obvious meaning and distinct application of the Scriptures.
The Chart, as already described, is intended to furnish the basis of such a classification, which is now submitted for the consideration of all earnest Bible students, who cannot fail to be deeply interested in a subject of such importance, while it is hoped that the present plan of explanation may afford help to many to whom the subject is confessedly a difficult one, and with regard to which many conflicting opinions have been entertained by Christian readers of the Bible.
By using the List with the Chart, which serves as a key to the whole, the division or class to which every one of the passages on the List belongs may be readily ascertained, and their right application become known. By this means many difficulties hitherto encountered may be either greatly lessened or entirely removed.
The way of using the Chart with the List may be as follows: In the first place, the List itself shows all the references arranged under the four Aspects, looked at from that point of view. Then, with regard to the other two divisions, the Constitution and the Phases, a code consisting of a letter and a number is placed before every text on the List to designate the divisions and subdivisions on the Chart to which they properly belong or apply. Thus, the letter C stands for and refers to the Constitution, and P to the Phases, while the numbers 1, 2, 3 and 4 refer to the subdivisions of the two main divisions. For example, C.1 indicates that the texts before which it is placed are classed under the first heading of the Constitution (its characteristic principles), C.2 indicates the second heading (the subjects of the kingdom), C.3 indicates the third heading (the way of entering in) and C. 4 indicates the fourth heading (the blessings provided). In like manner, the letters and numbers P.1, P.2 and P.3 represent the first, second and third Phases, respectively, and are intended to show that the texts to which they are affixed belong respectively to one or another of those three Phases. By thus referring to the List and Chart together it may be seen at a glance to which class every passage rightly belongs, whereby we may be helped to arrive at a true application of these scriptures, which is a matter of the utmost importance in our attempts to understand them, for the clear and accurate comprehension of all portions of God’s Word largely depends upon a correct application of them.
With reference to the texts assigned to the Constitution, it must be borne in mind that they are looked upon as a separate class, because, unlike those belonging to the three Phases, which are strictly dispensational, they do not specially apply, as a rule, to any particular period of time or dispensation. Instead, they furnish us with the foundation principles of the righteous rule and government of God for all time, past, present and future - the universal rule of God, which underlies every transaction and representation of all the dispensations - and in that sense are equally applicable to all three Phases of the kingdom.
Thus, clearly, to distinguish between the constitutional principles of God’s rule, which apply universally to all periods of time, and those dispensational references to the kingdom that absolutely require in most cases to be strictly and exclusively applied to their respective dispensations, helps materially to clear the whole subject, and to give us a fuller and better understanding of it in all its various bearings.
With these introductory explanations, we will now proceed to consider the several divisions of the subject more in detail, in the order in which they appear on the Chart, starting with a few general remarks on the kingdom as a whole in the next chapter.
Direct References to the Kingdom
The following tables list the direct references in Scripture to the words “kingdom,” “the Kingdom of God,” “the Kingdom of heaven,” “the Kingdom of the Son” and “the Father’s Kingdom.”
Kingdom in the Old Testament
P.3
Thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and Thou art exalted.
P.3
For the kingdom is the Lord’s.
P.3
The sceptre of Thy kingdom is a right sceptre.
P.3
His throne is in the heavens; and His kingdom ruleth over all.
P.3
They shall speak of the glory of Thy kingdom.
P.3
And the glorious majesty of His kingdom.
P.3
Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom.
P.3
His kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment.
P.3
The God of heaven [shall] set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed.
P.3
His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom.
P.3
His kingdom is from generation to generation.
P.3
His kingdom ... shall not be destroyed.
P.3
A kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve Him.
P.3
The saints of the Most High shall take the kingdom.
P.3
The time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.
P.3
The kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom ... shall be given to the people of the saints.
P.3
And the kingdom shall be the Lord’s.
P.3
The kingdom shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem.
Kingdom in the New Testament
P.1
Jesus went ... preaching the gospel of the kingdom.
P.3
Children of the kingdom shall be cast into outer darkness.
P.1
Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of kingdom.
P.3
This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world.
P.3
Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
P.3
Blessed be the kingdom of our father David.
P.3
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done.
P.3
It is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
P.3
A nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom.
P.3
Wilt Thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?
P.2
Who hath called you unto His kingdom and glory.
P.3
We receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved.
P.3
Heirs of the kingdom which He hath promised.
P.2
Companion ... in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ.
P.3
The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ.
The Kingdom of God
C.3
Seek ye first the kingdom of God.
P.1
The kingdom of God is come unto you.
C.2
Through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
P.1
The harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.
P.2
The kingdom of God shall be taken from you.
P.1
Jesus came ... preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God.
P.1
The kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe.
P.2
To know the mystery of the kingdom of God.
P.2
And He said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed.
P.2
Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God?
P.3
Till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power.
C.3
Better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye.
C.2
Children ... for of such is the kingdom of God.
C.2
Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child.
C.2
How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God.
C.2
How hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God.
C.2
Easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
C.2
Thou art not far from the kingdom of God.
P.3
Until that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God.
P.1
Joseph of Arimathea ... waited for the kingdom of God.
P.1
I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities.
C.2
Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.
P.2
Least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.
P.1
Preaching and showing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God.
P.1
Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God.
P.1
He sent them to preach the kingdom of God.
P.1
Received them, and spake unto them of the kingdom of God.
P.3
Shall not taste of death, till they see the kingdom of God.
C.2
No man ... looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.
P.1
The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.
P.1
Be sure ... the kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.
P.1
No doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.
C.3
But rather seek ye the kingdom of God.
P.2
Unto what is the kingdom of God like?
P.2
Whereunto shall I liken the kingdom of God?
P.3
Ye shall see ... all the prophets, in the kingdom of God.
P.3
From the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God.
P.3
Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.
P.1
Since that time the kingdom of God is preached.
P.3
Was demanded ... when the kingdom of God should come.
C.1
The kingdom of God cometh not with observation.
P.1
Behold, the kingdom of God is within [or, among] you.
C.2
Little children ... for of such is the kingdom of God.
C.2
Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child.
C.2
How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God.
C.2
Easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
C.3
Left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God’s sake.
P.3
They thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear.
P.3
When he was returned, having received the kingdom.
P.3
Know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.
P.3
Not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God.
P.3
I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come.
P.3
Joseph of Arimathea ... who also himself waited for the kingdom of God.
C.3
Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
C.3
Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
P.1
Things pertaining to the kingdom of God.
P.2
Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God.
C.3
Must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.
P.2
Persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God.
P.2
Among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more.
P.2
To whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God.
P.2
Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things.
C.1
The kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
C.1
The kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.
C.2
The unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
C.2
Nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
C.2
Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God.
C.2
They which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
C.2
Nor covetous man, who is an idolator, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
P.2
My fellow workers unto the kingdom of God.
P.3
May be counted worthy of the kingdom of God.
P.3
Now is come ... the kingdom of our God.
The Kingdom of Heaven
P.1
Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
P.1
Jesus began to preach ... Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
C.2
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
C.2
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
C. 4
Whosoever shall do and teach [commandments] ... shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
C.2
Except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
C.2
Not every one that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven.
P.3
Shall sit down with Abraham ... in the kingdom of heaven.
P.1
Go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
P.2
He that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
C.3
The kingdom of heaven suffereth violence.
P.2
To know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven.
P.2
When any one heareth the word of the kingdom.
P.2
The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed.
P.2
The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed.
P.2
The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid.
C.2
The good seed are the children of the kingdom.
P.2
The kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field.
P.2
The kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchantman, seeking goodly pearls.
P.2
The kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea.
P.2
Every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven, is like.
P.2
I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven.
C.2
Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?
C.2
Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
P.2
The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a certain king.
P.1
Made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake.
C.2
Little children ... for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
C.2
That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.
P.2
The kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is a householder.
P.2
The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king.
P.1
For ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men.
P.2
Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins.
P.3
For the kingdom of heaven is as a man traveling into a far country.
The Kingdom of the Son
P.3
The Son of man shall send forth His angels, and they shall gather out of His kingdom all things that offend.
P.3
Shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in His kingdom.
P.3
Sit in the throne of His glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
P.3
One on Thy right hand, and the other on the left, in Thy kingdom.
P.3
And of His kingdom there shall be no end.
P.3
Nobleman went ... to receive for himself a kingdom.
P.3
When he was returned, having received the kingdom.
P.3
And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as My Father hath appointed unto Me.
P.3
Ye may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom.
P.3
Remember me when Thou comest into Thy kingdom.
C.1
My kingdom is not of this world. ... My kingdom is not from hence.
P.3
When He shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father.
C.2
No whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolator, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
P.2
Hath translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son.
P.2
Walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto His kingdom and glory.
P.3
Shall judge the quick and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom.
P.3
And will preserve me unto His heavenly kingdom.
P.3
A sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of Thy kingdom.
P.3
Entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
P.2
Your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ.
P.3
To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with Me in My throne.
P.3
The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and His Christ.
P.3
And they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
The Father’s Kingdom
P.3
Our Father which art in heaven. ... Thy kingdom come. ... Thine is the kingdom.
P.3
The righteous [shall] shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father.
P.3
Until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.
P.3
It is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
Kingdom in the Old Testament
18 times
Kingdom in the New Testament
15 times
Kingdom of God
72 times
Kingdom of heaven (Matthew only)
33 times
Kingdom of the Son
23 times
The Father’s Kingdom
4 times
Total
165 times
Matthew
5 times
Mark
15 times
Luke
33 times
John
2 times
Acts
7 times
Epistles
10 times
Total
72 times