Study of Great Bible Truths – Vol. 2 Lesson 24

Lesson 24: The Church and the Last Things
Luke 17:20-21—’Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He (Jesus) answered them, “ The Kingdom of God is not coming in ways that can be observed, nor will they say, ‘Look, there it is for behold the Kingdom of God is in the midst of you.”
1. What is the Kingdom of God? The Kingdom of God is the rule of God. The Kingdom of God is present wherever God is reigning. (If we regard the Kingdom of God as the rule and reign of God, the Kingdom was here when the Lord Jesus Christ was here in person). The Kingdom of God is present now wherever the Lord Jesus Christ is acknowledged as Lord.


2. The Kingdom of God will come with a greater fullness when everybody and everything will have to acknowledge the Lordship of Jesus Christ.


3. The church is a part of the Kingdom of God. However, the Kingdom of God is wider and bigger than the church. God rules in places outside of the church, places where He is not acknowledged because all things are in His hands, including history.


4. The church is “called out”, not necessarily out of the world but called out of society for some particular purpose.


5. The church consists of people who belong to the Lord, who are gathered together. The church is a local gathering of saints where the presence and the Lordship of Christ is recognized.


6. One cannot be a Christian without being a member of the church; spiritual and invisible. All Christians are members of the body of Christ.


7. People who are truly born again and spiritual are also members of the unseen spiritual church, the true body of Christ.


8. The church is the Bride of Christ and the Body of Christ—Ephesians 4,5; 1 Corinthians 12, Romans 12.


Key Thought: The church has parts scattered abroad and yet there is a central unity in Christ.



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