Kingdom in the English New Testament


Introduction

In the last post we kicked off this series on the Kingdom by noting that the Kingdom of God was central to the teaching ministry of Jesus. Throughout this series, I hope to show how that the Kingdom of God is central to the theology of the New Testament as a whole. For such a weighty topic, one might think the Scriptures might provide a ready made definition of the Kingdom, but this not the fact. To understand the Kingdom, one must comb through all of Scripture to find out what has been revealed about it, explicitly and implicitly, in order to discover its meaning.

βασιλεία

In the New Testament, the KJV translates the word Kingdom from the Greek word βασιλεία (Strongs: G932). According to Dr. Strong, there are 162 uses of βασιλεία in the New Testament. The KJV translates those as follows:

  • kingdom (of God) 71,
  • kingdom (of heaven) 32,
  • kingdom (general or evil) 20,
  • (Thy or Thine) kingdom 6,
  • His kingdom 6,
  • the kingdom 5,
  • (My) kingdom 4,
  • misc 18

Kingdom Breakdown

The number of times the English word ‘Kingdom’ is found in the New Testament of the KJV (159 times in 154 different verses) breaks down as follows:

Gospels Acts Paul’s Epistles General Epistles Revelation
Matt 54(55)
Mar 19(20)
Luke 44(45)
John 3 (5)
———–
Total 120 (125)
Acts (8) Rom(1)
1Cr(5)
Gal(1)
Eph(1)
Col(2)
1Th(1)
2Th(1)
2Ti(2)
———
Total 14
Hbr(3)
Jam(1)
2Pe(1)
——-
Total 5
Rev(7)

 

A Definition of Kingdom

According to Strong, the New Testament, as a whole, uses the word Kingdom in the following ways:

  1. royal power, kingship, dominion, rule
    • not to be confused with an actual kingdom but rather the right or authority to rule over a kingdom
    • of the royal power of Jesus as the triumphant Messiah
    • of the royal power and dignity conferred on Christians in the Messiah’s kingdom
  2. a kingdom, the territory subject to the rule of a king
  3. used in the N.T. to refer to the reign of the Messiah
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2 thoughts on “Kingdom in the English New Testament

    • Ha. That is what I was thinking. Since the Kingdom is such an important theme, I’d like to study it out some. I think I’ll use all the resources I have at my disposal and record some of those definitions here for future reference.

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