Excerpts from The Kingdom of Heaven:
In the following pages, Joseph Frankovic shares some of the secrets unveiled to him. The kingdom of heaven (kingdom of God) was very prominent in the preaching of Jesus. Luke tells us, “…He called the twelve together, and gave them power and authority over all the demons, and to heal diseases. And He sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God, and to perform healing” (Luke 9:1-2). Curiously, in today’s popular preaching and writing, much more emphasis is placed on the person of Jesus than on the kingdom of heaven. There is more interest in the final coming, in the rapture, and so forth, than in the many times Jesus comes to those seeking the kingdom of God here and now. – from the Forward
A key verse in the quest for attaining an accurate understanding of the kingdom is Matthew 6:33: “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall he added to you.” This verse serves as an excellent example of what Bible scholars call a parallelism. The ancient Jewish mind enjoyed repeating the same idea in a parallel structure. For instance, Proverbs 20:1 says, “Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler…” Here “wine” is paired with “strong drink,” and “mocker” with “brawler.” Hebraic parallelisms also appear in the Greek of the New Testament. Matthew 6:33 is a synonymous parallelism which has been preserved in the Greek. Thus, if one can unlock what “his kingdom” means, one can use that information to unlock what “his righteousness” means. Likewise, if one can unlock what “his righteousness” means, one can unlock what “his kingdom” means. The approach taken here will be to start by unlocking the meaning of “his righteousness.”
In Jewish thought, eternal life and the kingdom of heaven stand out as two distinct concepts. In Hebrew, olam habah basically corresponds to what Christians talk about as eternal life. The kingdom of heaven is a separate term that has to do with God’s redemptive activity and obedience to his will. If one takes a concordance and examines the phrases “kingdom of heaven” and “kingdom of God,” (which are synonyms) one discovers that in the synoptic tradition, the terms “kingdom of heaven” and “kingdom of God” appear about fifteen times in Mark and over thirty times both in Matthew and in Luke. If one examines the expression “eternal life,” one will see that it appears in each of the synoptic gospels about three times.
The Table of Contents includes:
Heal First, Preach Later
Now Playing or Coming Soon?
Majoring on Majors
Ambiguity Concerning the Kingdom of Heaven in the Synoptic Tradition
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