First Principles – Coming of the Kingdom
Lesson Preached by Mike Underhill on October 9, 2013
Notes & Scriptures
In this study you will see the continuity of the Old and New Testaments.
Questions: What is the Kingdom of God? When did it come?
(1) Old Testament Predictions of the Kingdom (the height of Israel’s glory was under the kingship of David, approximately 1000 B.C.)
A. Isaiah 2:1-4 (750 B.C.)
- Last days
- Mountains (Symbolizes kingdoms): Mountain of the Lord, chief of the mountains
- All nations
B. Daniel 2:31-45 (550 B.C.)
- Set up this passage by explaining that earlier in Daniel 2 King Nebuchadnezzer threatens death to all his astrologers and dream interpreters if they do not first tell him his dream, then interpret it.
- Daniel interprets King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream
- Babylonian: gold
- Medo-Persian: silver
- Alexander the Great: bronze
- Roman: iron (iron and clay)
- Rock — cut out not by human hands (therefore God)
- Rock becomes huge mountain — filled the whole earth
- Kingdom that will never be destroyed (v. 44)
(2) New Testament Predictions of the Kingdom
A. John the Baptist (25 A.D.)
- Kingdom is near (Matthew 3:1-6)
B. Jesus (30 A.D.)
- Kingdom is near (Matthew 4:17)
- Kingdom will come in the lifetime of some of the disciples (Mark 9:1)
- Kingdom will come with power (Mark 9:1)
- Kingdom entered by new birth — by water and the Spirit (John 3:1-7)
- Kingdom is within you (Luke 17:20-21)
- Peter has the keys (Matthew 16:13-19). Church and the Kingdom are the same and will be built on the truth that Jesus is the Christ (1 Corinthians 3:11).
- Joseph of Arimathea was still waiting for the Kingdom when Jesus died. (Luke 23:50-52)
- Repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached first in Jerusalem to all nations (Luke 24:44-49).
(3) Fulfillment of the Old and New Testament Predictions, Acts 1-2 (33 A.D.)
- Last days (Acts 2:17) – Isaiah 2:2
- All nations (Acts 2:5) – Isaiah 2:2, Luke 24:47
- Jerusalem (Acts 2:5) – Isaiah 2:3, Luke 24:44-49
- Eternal kingdom (Acts 2:37-42) – Daniel 2:31-45
- John the Baptist — “is near” (Matthew 3:1-2)
- Jesus — “is near” (Matthew 4:17)
- Lifetime (Acts 2:14) – Mark 9:1
- “Some” — Judas died (Acts 1:18-19) – Mark 9:1
- Power (Acts 1:8, Acts 2:1-4) – Mark 9:1
- New birth (Acts 2:38) – John 3:1-7
- Water and Spirit (Acts 2:38) – John 3:5
- Kingdom within (Acts 2:37) – Luke 17:20-21
- Peter with the keys (Acts 2:14, Acts 2:38) – Matthew 16:19
- Repentance and forgiveness of sin (Acts 2:38) – Luke 24:44-49
A. The church is the Kingdom of God on earth, established in approximately 33 A.D.
B. Acts 2:42: As citizens of the Kingdom and members of the body (the church), we must be devoted to:
- Breaking Bread
C. Matthew 6:33: We must seek His Kingdom first. Ask them to commit themselves to at least Sunday services and Midweek services.