2377 kingdom of God, entry into

2377 kingdom of God, entry into

Entering or inheriting the kingdom of God is the privilege of those who acknowledge and live by the rule of God and have become part of the new order of salvation and righteousness in Christ.

Entry into the kingdom of God is of vital importance

It is costly Mt 13:44; Ac 14:22 See also Mt 8:19-20 pp Lk 9:57-58; Mt 13:45-46; Lk 18:29-30; 2Th 1:5; Rev 1:9

It is a matter of urgency Lk 9:59-62 pp Mt 8:21-22

Conditions of entry into the kingdom of God

Childlike trust Mk 10:15 pp Lk 18:17 See also Mt 18:3

To be born again of God’s Spirit Jn 3:3 See also Jn 3:5; 1Co 15:50

Obedience to God’s will Mt 7:21

Warnings about entry into the kingdom of God

The way is narrow Lk 13:24-28 See also Mt 7:13-14; Mt 23:13

The wicked will not inherit the kingdom 1Co 6:9-10 See also Mt 5:20; Mk 9:43-47; Gal 5:19-21; Eph 5:5

The need for readiness and watchfulness Mt 24:42-44 See also Mt 24:37-39 pp Lk 17:26-27; Mt 25:13; Lk 12:35-40

Entry is not based on outward appearances nor granted to all who claim to know the Lord Mt 7:21-23 See also Mt 13:24-30,47-50; Lk 13:25-27

The kingdom of God is a kingdom of grace

It belongs to those qualified by God Col 1:12-13 See also Lk 12:32; Lk 22:29-30

It belongs to the poor and the poor in spirit Lk 6:20 pp Mt 5:3 See also Mt 11:5 pp Lk 7:22; Mt 19:23-24 pp Mk 10:23-25 pp Lk 18:24-25 It is hard for the rich to enter the kingdom of God; Jas 2:5; Jas 5:1

It belongs to the childlike Mt 19:14 pp Mk 10:14 pp Lk 18:16

It belongs to sinners Mk 2:17 pp Mt 9:12-13 pp Lk 5:31-32 See also Mt 21:31

It belongs to those who are persecuted for Jesus Christ’s sake Mt 5:10 pp Lk 6:22-23

It belongs to Gentiles as well as to Jews Mt 8:11 See also Mt 21:43; Mt 22:8-10 those initially uninvited represent the Gentiles; Lk 14:21-24

See also

3230Holy Spirit & regeneration
4841narrowness
5703inheritance
6510salvation
6666grace
6728regeneration
7510Gentiles
8154righteousness
8205childlikeness
8207commitment
8808riches

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