Did you know that the kingdom of God and the church are one? It’s true. There are many Old Testament prophecies and New Testament promises that tell of the church of Christ and the kingdom of God. These scriptures tell us when the church would be established and where. All of these scriptures about the establishment of the church and the kingdom have been fulfilled.
When historians record the religious history of this era they will no doubt note that it has been a time of religious frustration, uncertainty, and yearning for something new. Religious commercialism has turned many away from organized religion. Others have tried to find a place of strong community. However, a hunger for Bible-centered truth does still exist. The time is right for this generation to learn about the church of Christ.
It seems that man has lost sight of what the church is and who established it. He also seems to have forgotten that when Christ established His church, He made it perfect in every way. Yet many have formed their own creeds and added them as they see fit to what God created.
What is the Church?
Ekklesia is the Greek word used in the New Testament to refer to an assembly of citizens convened by an authority. This Greek word is used to describe a group of Christians, a Christian community, or the followers of Christ.
The only places that Ekklesia is found in the four gospels are in Matthew 16:18 and 18:17. Here Jesus is speaking of an event that is coming. In the book of Acts, things have changed. Scripture has been fulfilled in the death of Christ. The New Testament church has been born at Pentecost. (Acts 2:1, 16, 30, 33, 36, 47) with Christ at its head. The kingdom of God has now come.
The kingdom of God and the church are one (Matt. 3:2, 16:18-19). Many of the Jews were looking for an earthly kingdom with the Christ sitting on the literal throne of David (John 18:36). This, they thought, would restore Israel to power like in the days of Solomon, and put an end to Roman rule over them. They could not see the church, the kingdom, or Jesus as the promised Messiah.
It is important to understand what the kingdom or the church is, when it was established, and where it is today. These facts are clearly presented in the Bible and easily understood if you can forget preconceived notions and start all over at the beginning.