“He replied, ‘The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them.’” — Matthew 13:11 (NIV84) No other chapter in the Bible mentions the kingdom of heaven more than the 13th chapter of Matthew. In this chapter Matthew captures Jesus saying most of His “the kingdom…

“As you go, preach this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.”  — Matthew 10:7–8 (NIV84) How amazingly consistent the message of the kingdom of heaven is! Jesus was sending out His disciples for their…

“But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, ‘This man casts out demons only by Beelzebul the ruler of the demons.’ And knowing their thoughts Jesus said to them, ‘Any kingdom divided against itself is laid waste; and any city or house divided against itself will not stand. If Satan casts out Satan, he is…

“Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.’ Nicodemus said to Him, ‘How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born, can he?’ Jesus answered,…

“I say to you that many will come from east and west, and recline at the table with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven; but the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” — Matthew 8:11–12 (NASB95)…

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many…

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” — Matthew 6:33 (NASB95) What a familiar verse this is to all of us. It is short, sweet, and makes a lot of sense. The problem? We don’t follow Jesus’ advice given in this verse. In our study of…

“Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees…

“Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.” — Matthew 6:10 (NASB95) The disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray. After stating two “do-nots” (don’t pray in public to be seen by people and don’t try to impress God with your many words), Jesus told them how to…

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. … Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” — Matthew 5:3,10 9 (NIV84) Jesus took His disciples up on a mountainside and preached to them and to the others who had been following Him,…

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