In this Lord's word parable explained Bible study, Parable of the Kingdom of Heaven, I will show you what Jesus meant by the kingdom of heaven. You should read and understand the following documents - Faith, As A Grain of Mustard Seed; Where Are Heaven and Hell; The Foundation of Heaven and Earth; Parable of the Mustard Seed.
While this is not actually a parable per sae, it is nevertheless what Jesus was trying to teach the people when he was alive, and it is underlying message in many of the parables he taught, so it is therefore, very important for you to understand, where the kingdom of heaven is for you, while you are alive.Other documents you can read are - Parables and Words of the Lord; Parable of the Kingdom and the Sower; Tares; The Parable of the Tares of the Field; the definitions from these two parables; the definitions from The Parable of the Kingdom and the Sower Scriptural Definitions should be kept handy so that I do not have to repeat so much scripture.
Let us begin this Bible study with a prayer, O God, thy heavenly Father, grant me the wisdom and knowledge, so that I may be able to understand this document, in Jesus name I ask. Amen.
All text taken from the version of the King James Bible
At the beginning of Matthew, chapter 13, we find Jesus has been speaking in parables with a great multitude, Matt.13:2-3, and his disciples asked him why he (Jesus) was speaking in parables, Matt.13:10, and Jesus answered, ...because it is given unto you (the disciples) to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them (most of the people) it is not given, Matt.13:11. - See - Parables and Words of the Lord
Now that verse tells us, that parables are mysteries, and we know that one of the definitions for a parable is a story -- so this is a mystery story that we must try to use the clues or keys, given to us in the Bible (because the Bible interrupts itself), to figure out what Jesus is telling us.
Now let us begin to see what Jesus means by the "kingdom of heaven" starting at -
Matt.13:24-25 - Another parable put he (Jesus) forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: (25) But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.
Now we know that the seed is the word of God - Luke 8:11, and this seed, or word is planted in your mind, it does not have to do with planting God's word in the ground, that is just a simile. We also know that there are "good word vs. bad words" or "positive words vs. negative words." - See - Tares
So you hear God's word while you are awake, now notice what it says in verse 25, But while men slept, his enemy (the devil and his followers), came and sowed tares (bad words, or thoughts) among the wheat, and went his way. See - The Enemy, The Devil and His Followers; Tares
While men (people) "slept," could mean, -
When the works of the flesh enter your mind, you are no longer in the presence of the Lord, and you cannot be in the presence of the Lord and in the absence of the Lord at the same time. - See - Where Are Heaven and Hell; Mark of the Beast--666
his enemy - Matt.13:25
Luke10:17-19 - And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. (18) And he (Jesus) said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightening fall from heaven. (19) Behold, I (Jesus) give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. - See - The Enemy, The Devil and His Followers; Tares
I beheld Satan as lightening fall from heaven - Luke 10:18
John 12:31 - Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.
"Now is the judgment of this world:" - Now is the time for you to judge between "good" thoughts and "bad" thoughts, while you are alive here on earth.
"Now shall the prince of this world be cast out." - Now while you are alive here on earth is the time that you cast out the evil thoughts from your mind.
It is up to you to judge the difference between the "good spirits" and the "evil spirits," and it is up to you to cast out the "evil spirits," while you are alive here on earth. Now is the time to seek the kingdom of heaven.
Let us look at the next few scriptures -
Matt.3:1-2 - In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, (2) And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Matt.4:16-17 - The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up. (17) From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Matt.5:19-20 - Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach me so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. (20) For I (Jesus) say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Matt.13:44-47 - Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; and which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. (45) Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: (46) Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it. (47) Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered every kind: - See - Parable of the Mustard Seed
These are just a few of the examples in the scripture in which it refers to "the kingdom of heaven."
Matt.7:21 - Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. - See - Parable of the Talents--Not Everybody Shall Enter The Kingdom of Heaven
Now let me continue with scripture for - I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven, with -
Eph.2:2-3 - Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: (3) Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires (or, wills) of the flesh and the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. - See - Parable of the Sower - Mark and Luke
"The prince of the power of the air," is Satan, the devil.
So we, or you, have the power to cast Satan and his followers, the wicked ones, out of your mind whether you are awake or sleeping. Tell them to get out! because Jesus has given us/you the power to cast out serpents and scorpions. - Luke 10:19
You do not have to say "get out!" - out loud, but, say it within your own mind, the whole world does not need to know that you are casting out an evil spirit/thought, when it enters your brain, but tell it firmly to "get out!" and it will leave. However, when you are just beginning, you may have to tell it more than once, but if you are persistent, as you should be, in casting out devils/evil spirits, then it will leave, because Jesus has given you the power to cast them out.
If you believe that Jesus Christ is the begotten Son of God, who lived and died for our sins and rose again on the third day and now sits at the right hand of God, then you have the power to cast out devils/evil spirts - from yourself.
But do not make the mistake of judging somebody else and try to cast evil spirits from their body/mind, until you have first cleansed your own house/temple/mind. - See - Temples of God--Churches
Let us take a look and see what Jesus says in -
Matt.7:1-5 - Judge not, that ye be not judged. (2) For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. (3) And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? (4) Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? (5) Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.
Do not consider yourself more perfect than what you really are. You probably have a great many works of the flesh that you need to work on and these are the things which you need to cast out, eg., anger, hate, lust, envy, jealousy, as well as, profanity, to mention only a few. See - Parable of the Fruit--Tree of Life
Eph.6:12 - For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness (or, wicked spirits) in high, (or, heavenly) [places.]
Why? because -
I John 3:8-10 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. (9) Whosoever is born of God doeth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. (10) In this the children of God are manifest and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.
"...for his seed remaineth in him:...." Remember: - The "seed" is the "word of God." - Luke 8:11 I will give you more information and scritpure on this near the end of this document. - See - Parable of the Sower; Parable of the Kingdom and Sower; Parable of the Kingdom and the Sower Scriptural Definitions
Let us continue -
Heb.2:14 - Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he (Jesus Christ) also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
Matt.13:38 - The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked [one;] - See - Tares; Parable of the Tares of the Field; Parable of the Kingdom and the Sower Scriptural Definitions; Parable of the Kingdom and Sower - Matthew
John 8:44 - Ye are of [your] father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. - See - The Enemy--The Devil and His Followers; The Purpose of the Law; Mark of the Beast--666
the lusts of our flesh - Eph.2:3
Gal.5:19-21 - Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these;] Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, (20) Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, (21) Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I (Paul) tell you before, as I have also told [you] in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. - See - Parable of the Fruit--Tree of Life
The above are things are against the Spirit of God, this not only includes when you are awake, but also in your sleep, because Satan can enter into your mind/spirit, when you are sleeping. So when you are having a dream and it takes into account any of the above, you must cast it out! In the name of Jesus Christ you can cast it, or them, out.
Let us also take a look at -
Col.3:5-8 - Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: (6) For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: (7) In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. (8) But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. (9) Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; - See - Spiritual Gifts of God and One Christ--Many Members
Rom.13:12 - The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. - See - Gal.5:19-21 above again.
We are told in -
I Peter 5:8 - Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
Now let us take a look at what Paul said in -
Gal.2:22-26 - But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, (23) Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. (24) And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections (or, passions) and lusts. (25) If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. (25) Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
Gal.5:16-18 - [This] I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. (17) For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. (18) But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are ot under the law.
If you want to live by the fruit of the Spirit we are told how to live and conduct our lives, (love, joy, peace, longsuffering gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance) and if we live in the Spirit then we are to walk in the Spirit also and not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another or envying one another, or, using profane language, etc., see the list above in Gal.5:16-21.
You cannot be in the presence of the Lord and the absence of the Lord at the same time. You are either doing the works of the flesh, or you are conducting your life by the fruit of the Spirit. They are contary to each other. Example: You physically (that is your body,) cannot be in Tampa, Florida and be in Seattle, Washington at the same time.
crucified the flesh with the affections (or, passions) and lusts - Gal.5:24
Col.3:9 - Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; - See - Spiritual Gifts of God and One Christ--Many Members
Let me sum this up a bit, so, we know who the "enemy" is - the ruler or spirit of darkness and we wrestle against the wicked spirits - Eph.6:12 and the flesh lusteth against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh, for they are contrary (or, opposite) one to the other, - Gal.5:17
But if you believe in Jesus Christ, then he has given you the power to tread on serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy - which is the devil and his followers, the wicked spirits/tares
In the next scripture, a group have returned to the Lord Jesus and are very happy,
Luke 10:17-19 - And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name (18) And he (Jesus) said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. (19) Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
When Jesus called out, or, cast out devils/evil spirits, they were always in the mind of a person. Read Matt.17:14-18
Let us take a look at the end of Matthew, chapter 3 and the beginning of Matthew, chapter 4.
At the end of Matthew, chapter 3, we find Jesus being baptized by John the Baptist and when this was done, and Jesus came out of the water, the heavens were opened unto him and the Spirit of God descending on Jesus like a dove, and lighting upon him, and a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased - Matt.3:13-17.
Now let us notice what takes place in -
Matt.4:1 - Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
Let me define some of the words and/or phrases of the above scripture.
led up - 321 - from #303 and #71 - AV - bring; loose; sail; launch; depart - 1) to lead up, to lead or bring into a higher place
#303 - a primary prep and adv; prep - AV - by, apiece, every man, each, several, among, through, between - 1) into the midst, in the midst, amidst, among, between
from #71 - a primary word - AV - bring; lead; go; bring forth - 2c) to move, impel: of forces and influences on the mind
the Spirit - #4151 -from #4154 - AV - Spirit, Holy Ghost, Spirit (of God), Spirit (of the Lord), (My) Spirit, Spirit (of truth), Spirit (of Christ), human (spirit), (evil) spirit, spirit (general), spirit, (Jesus' own) spirit, (Jesus' own) ghost - 4) the disposition or influence which fills and governs the soul of any one; 4a) the efficient source of any power, affection, emotion, desire, etc; 5) a movement of air (a gentle blast); 5a) of the wind, hence the wind itself;
from #4154 - a root word - AV - blow, wind - 1) to breathe, to blow; 1a) of the wind
the wilderness - #2048 - of uncertain affinity - AV - wilderness, desert, desolate, solitary - 1) solitary, lonely, desolate, uninhabited; 1b1) deserted by others; 1b2) deprived of the aid and protection of others, especially of friends, acquaintances, kindred
to be tempted #3985 - from #3984 - AV - tempt, try, tempter, prove, assay, examine, go about - 2) to try, make trial of, test: for the purpose of ascertaining his quantity, or what he thinks, or how he will behave himself; 2a) in a good sense; 2b) in a bad sense, to test one maliciously, craftily to put to the proof his feelings or judgments; 2c) to try or test one's faith, virtue, character, by enticement to sin; 2c1)to solicit to sin, to tempt; 1c1a) of the temptations of the devil
from #3984 - from the base of #4008 (through the idea of piercing) - AV - assay + 2983; trial - 2) to attempt a thing, to make trial of a thing or of a person; 3) to have a trial of a thing
from the base of #4008 (through the idea of piercing) - apparently accusative case of an obsolete derivative of peiro (to "pierce") - AV - other side, beyond, over, on the other side, farther side; - 1) beyond, on the other side
the devil - #1228 - from #1225 - AV - devil, false accuser, slanderer; - 1) prone to slander, slanderous, accusing falsely; 2) a calumniator, false accuser, slanderer
from #1225 - from #1223 and #906 - AV - accuse; - 2) to traduce, calumniate, slander, accuse, defame
from #1223 - a primary preposition denoting the channel of an act; - AV - by, through, with, for, for ... sake, therefore + 5124, for this cause +5124, because; - 2) through; 2a) the ground or reason by which something is or is not done; 2a3) because of for this reason;
from #906 - a primary word - AV - cast, put, thrust, cast out, lay, lie; - 1b) to give over to one's care uncertain about the result
Now let me summarize the definitions for Matt.4:1 - Jesus was led up - into a higher place of, or, by the Spirit - the Spirit (of God), into the wilderness - a place deprived of others, or deprived of the aid and protections of others, especially of friends, acquaintances, kindred (in this case angels - see Matt.4:11), to be tempted - in a good sense - to try, make trial of, test: for the purpose of ascertaining his quantity, or what he thinks, or how he will behave himself, - in a bad sense, to test or maliciously, craftily to put to the proof his feelings or judgments; to try or test one's faith, virtue, character, by enticement to sin; to solicit to sin, to tempt; to attempt a thing, to make trial of a thing or of a person; from the other side, or beyond, on the other side; by the devil - the false accuser; Jesus was given over to the care of the devil, uncertain about the results.
In otherwords, God (the Spirit) gave Jesus over to the devil without the protection of the angels to allow him (the devil) to try, and tempt Jesus, in order to see how he (Jesus), would behave himself, if he (Jesus) could be persuaded by the devil to follow him (the devil).
Now please read Matt.4:1-11 for yourself. It is important for you to understand that, just as God allowed the devil to tempt Jesus, God allows us to be tempted by the devil also. It is up to you to have the strength and the willpower to conquer, and to overcome and throw the devil out just as Jesus commanded Satan to, "Get thee hence" - in otherwords - to withdraw one's self, to go away, depart, to leave the influences on, (or, of,) the mind - Get out! Remember: I told you, you do not have to say it out loud, but say it within your own mind, quietly, but firmly - to order the evil spirits to leave. See the list of "works of the flesh" above, or, see - Parable of the Fruit--Tree of Life
In these next few scriptures, what I want to establish "the Spirit" is a vision that we see - that there are "good visions," as well as "bad visions," and you must decide which is good or bad and the bad ones you cast out. Now let me continue with some more scripture for -
the Spirit - Matt.4:1
I Kings 18:12 - And it shall come to pass, [as soon as] I (Elijah) am gone from thee, that the Spirit of the Lord shall carry thee whither I know not; - and so when I come and tell Ahab, and he cannot find thee, he shall slay me: but I (Elijah) thy servant fear the LORD from my youth.
Spirit of the Lord shall carry thee whither I know not; - I Kings 18:12
II Kings 2:16 - And they (the sons of the prophets) said unto him, (Elisha), Behold now, there be with thy servants fifty strong men; let them go, we pray thee, and seek thy master: lest peradventure the Spirit of the LORD hath taken him up, and cast him upon some mountain, (or, one of the mountains,) or into some valley. And he (Elish) said, Ye shall not send.
Also read Ezek3:12 & 14; Ezek.8:2-3 and then read Matt.4:1 again, to establish the fact that these are "visions." However, you will most likely not will have visions like the ones in the scripture mentioned above, they were prophets, or, very special people in those days.
Let me continue with -
to be tempted of the devil - Matt.4:1
Heb.4:15 - For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feelings of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as [we are, yet] without sin.
So, Jesus was tempted and remained without sin, but was Jesus tempted in person, or in a spirit (vision). Jesus was led up of, (or, by) the Spirit (God) and given over to the devil to be tempted in the spirit - evil spirit/the devil (in visions), just like we are today, we are tempted in the spirit, both while you are awake and while you are sleeping.
For example, let us say you become angry with somebody and you visualize in your heart/mind that you would like to thump them out, and in your own mind you actually became involved in a hitting and punching match with them and you did pretty good, you thumped them out - well that is giving in to evil spirits on three counts -
All of the above are evil spirits
You should have cast the evil spirit out when you became angry and you would not have visualized the punching match and you would not have glorified yourself winning the punching match. Satan is never going to make things look bad in a vision if he is trying to tempt you to follow his ways - the ways of the flesh, because he wants you to follow him. You will have to have the willpower to overcome and conquer Satan, just like Jesus did, and tell Satan to "Get thee hence" - in otherwords, Get out! - See - Matt.4:10-11 below
We need to keep in mind the second of the great commandments - Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thy self. - Matt.22:39 - See - The Great Commandments
Again, notice what Jesus said to Satan after the devil had been trying very hard to tempt him (Jesus), in -
Matt.4:10-11 - Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. (11) The the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.
Jesus did not have the protection of the angels while he was being tempted by the devil.
leaveth him - Matt.4:11
James 4:7 - Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
If you have faith as a little or as small as a grain of mustard seed, you can cast out evil spirits. - See - Faith, As A Grain of Mustard Seed
Resist the devil - James 4:7
Eph.4:27 - Neither give place to the devil
I Peter 5:8-9 - Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: (9) Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
Resist whom? - the devil - the enemy, and his wicked ones - so cast them out and stedfast keep your faith in Jesus Christ--and keep the commandments if you want to be in the kingdom of heaven. - See - Ten Commandments
Now, let us review what it says in -
Matt.13:38 - The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked [one;]
...the good seed are the children of the kingdom.... - so who are the "good seed?" - they are thoses who keep the commandments of God and the faith or testimony of Jesus Christ. - see the next two scriptures
Rev.14:12 - Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
Rev.12:17 - And the dragon (the devil) was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
The "woman" spoken of in Rev.12:17 is referring to a church, a religion, or faith. "Her seed" refers to those who keep the word of God - the commandments, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
No, the commandments have not been done away with as many people have been led to believe.
Which ones are you? do you follow the commandments of God--all of them? or are you doing what is more important for yourself. - See - Fountain of Living Waters vs. Cisterns
To be in the "kingdom of heaven," which is "nigh at hand," that is right now, while you are alive here on earth, you must be in the presence of the Lord, doing and following the commandments of God and living a righteous life, by doing that of "the fruit of the Spirit," and casting out the devil and his evil spirits and resisting the "works of the flesh," because, you cannot be in the presence of the Lord and the absence of the Lord at the same time.
It is important for you to know and understand, that we cannot demand or command God to bless us, or our country, we can only ask - "may, God bless...," and depending on what you are praying for, you may need to include "however, not as I will, but as thy will," because it is up to God to grant what he will to you.
Let us end this Bible study with a prayer - O God thy heavenly Father, please help me to be a better person each day, to follow the commandments, and help me to strive each day to be more in thy presence, in Jesus name I ask. Amen.
This document is meant to help you understand your Bible more easily, however, it may not give you all the answers, you will need to study your Bible as well as read other documents, but let no one deceive you, prove all things; hold fast that which is good, because, ultimately, you, are responsible for your own salvation.