Foundational Framework Part 53 - Clearing Up Confusion About the Kingdom

The “word of the kingdom” (Matt 13:19a) has become a matter of great confusion. As with any subject of Scripture, the flaws are alwaysfound in the hermeneutical method being used to interpret various passages. We know, and have confidence, that the text of Scripture is completely free of error (Ps 19:7-10; 2 Tim 33:16-17), so our only other conclusion about the confusion that has ensued is that it is due to a user error. Therefore, there are three areas that must receive our attention so that we can proceed with a biblical understanding of Jesus’ teaching in the parables of Matthew 13. They are:

The Contemporary Understanding of the Kingdom
The Nature of the Kingdom in the Gospels 
The Nature of the Kingdom in the Church Age

While these considerations are not exhaustive, they should help to clear up some of the confusion that often surrounds the subject of the kingdom…

Foundational Framework Part 52: Parables and the Kingdom of the Lord Part 2

…continued from last week.

Matthew 13 is a major shift in Jesus’ earthly ministry. Before this, Jesus had not spoken in parables in Matthew’s Gospel, but with the rejection of His kingdom offer by the Pharisees, a new direction was being set forth. While Jesus had previously used illustrations in communicating truth (7:24–27; 9:16–17; 11:16–19; 12:29), these should not be considered parables. This new direction that is set forth is not just a view to the cross and resurrection, but also a view to the salvation of the Gentiles. This should not surprise us because of the national rejection He has received from the Jews (Matt 12:24; John 1:11) and the fulfillment of prophecy that had taken place in Matthew 12:17-21 where Matthew quotes from Isaiah 42:1-4a referring to “justice” being proclaimed to the Gentiles and that “in His name the Gentiles will hope” (Matt 12:21)…

Foundational Framework Part 52 - Parables and the Kingdom of God Part 1

Matthew 13 is a major shift in Jesus’ earthly ministry. Before this, Jesus had not spoken in parables in Matthew’s Gospel, but with the rejection of His kingdom offer by the Pharisees, a new direction was being set forth. While Jesus had previously used illustrations in communicating truth (7:24–27; 9:16–17; 11:16–19; 12:29), these should not be considered parables. This new direction that is set forth is not just a view to the cross and resurrection, but also a view to the salvation of the Gentiles. This should not surprise us because of the national rejection He has received from the Jews (Matt 12:24; John 1:11) and the fulfillment of prophecy that had taken place in Matthew 12:17-21 where Matthew quotes from Isaiah 42:1-4a referring to “justice” being proclaimed to the Gentiles and that “in His name the Gentiles will hope” (Matt 12:21)… 

Foundational Framework Part 51 - Something Greater

It would be best to go back and read all of Matthew 12 again to get the thrust of what is taking place in world history. This is a weighty matter! A people who had 1400 years of promises, prophets, and signs was at the cusp of having all of their greatest expectations become a reality and their leaders, being the most knowledgeable men among them, discredited every effort or promise that YHWH had ever made to them because their hardened hearts would not allow for their pride to be deflated in the eyes of Israel. They simply could not humble themselves before the promised Messiah…