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1.  General Statements Regarding  

Matthew 7: 21.  Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

Mark 1:14-15  Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,
15.  And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.

Luke 17:20-21   And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:
21.  Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

2.  Parables of the Kingdom (Matthew) 

Matthew 13:24-30   Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:
25.  But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.
26.  But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.
27.  So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?
28.  He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?
29.  But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.
30.  Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

Matthew 13:31-32   Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field:
32.  Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.

Matthew 13:33  Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.

34.  All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them:
35.  That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.

36.  Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field.
37.  He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man;
38.  The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;
39.  The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.
40.  As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.
41.  The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;
42.  And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
43.  Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Matthew 13:44  Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.

Matthew 13:45-46   Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:
46.  Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.

Matthew 13:47-50   Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind:
48.  Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away.
49.  So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just,
50.  And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

51.  Jesus saith unto them, Have ye understood all these things? They say unto him, Yea, Lord.
52.  Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old.
53.  And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these parables, he departed thence.


Matthew 18:3-6  And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
4.  Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
5.  And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.
6.  But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

Matthew 18:23-35   Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.
24.  And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.
25.  But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.
26.  The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
27.  Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.
28.  But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.
29.  And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
30.  And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.
31.  So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.
32.  Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:
33.  Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?
34.  And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.
35.  So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.

Matthew 19:23-24  Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.
24.  And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

Matthew 20:1-16  For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard.
2.  And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard.
3.  And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace,
4.  And said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way.
5.  Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise.
6.  And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle?
7.  They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive.
8.  So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first.
9.  And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny.
10.  But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny.
11.  And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house,
12.  Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day.
13.  But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny?
14.  Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee.
15.  Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good?
16.  So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

Matthew 22:2-14   The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son,
3.  And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.
4.  Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage.
5.  But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise:
6.  And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them.
7.  But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.
8.  Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy.
9.  Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage.
10.  So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests.
11.  And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:
12.  And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.
13.  Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
14.  For many are called, but few are chosen.

Matthew 25: 1-30  Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
2.  And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
3.  They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
4.  But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
5.  While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
6.  And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
7.  Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
8.  And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
9.  But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
10.  And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
11.  Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
12.  But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
13.  Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
14.  For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.
15.  And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.
16.  Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.
17.  And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.
18.  But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money.
19.  After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.
20.  And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.
21.  His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
22.  He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.
23.  His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
24.  Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:
25.  And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.
26.  His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:
27.  Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.
28.  Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.
29.  For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
30.  And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

3.  Present Kingdom on Earth (in the Church) 

Matthew 5: 13-16  Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
14.  Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
15.  Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
16.  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Matthew 18:18-20   Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
19.  Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.
20.  For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

Mark 13:27   And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.

John 4:23   But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
24.  God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.