The Eternal Kingdom-Already Initiated in Christ, But Yet to Come in its Fullness
By union with Christ, believers already participate in the Kingdom in a provisional way. Yet we still yearn for the complete eradication of sin and the perfect worship of our King. Somewhat like Old Testament believers in the wilderness, we are a nation of pilgrims waiting for the bounded territory of the promised land.
Christians everywhere are called to battle the forces of evil in this world. Understanding biblical teaching on God's Kingdom should be a powerful weapon in this battle against evil.
The Bible's Kingdom Vision
The four gospels mention the Church (Ekklesia) only twice (Matt. 16:18 and 18:17), but they mention the Kingdom (Basileia) 125 times. Jesus taught us to pray, "Thy kingdom come." He also said, "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well" (Matt. 6:33).