Stories about the kingdom of god
Gods Big Picture: Tracing the Story-Line of the Bible by Vaughan RobertsSixty-six books written by forty people over nearly 2,000 years, in two languages and several different genres. A worldwide bestseller published in countless sizes and bindings, translations and languages. Sworn by in court, fought over by religious people, quoted in arguments. The Bible is clearly no ordinary book. How can you begin to read and understand it as a whole? In this excellent overview, Vaughan Roberts gives you the big picture—showing how the different parts of the Bible fit together under the theme of the kingdom of God. He provides both the encouragement and the tools to help you read the Bible with confidence and understanding. And he points you to the Bibles supreme subject, Jesus Christ, and the salvation God offers through him.
What Is a Parable?
What is the Kingdom of God? Repent, and believe in the gospel. In the Kingdom parables, Jesus explained what we must do to enter the Kingdom and what conditions will be like in it. Many of the Old Testament prophets had written of this Kingdom while under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit 20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, 21 for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. These are my only fellow workers for the kingdom of God who are of the circumcision; they have proved to be a comfort to me.
1. God Reigns over All Things.
Another name for a parable is an allegory. Jesus Christ did much of his teaching in parables. Telling tales of familiar characters and activities was a favorite way for ancient rabbis to hold an audience's attention while illustrating an important moral point. Parables appear in both the Old and New Testaments but are more easily recognizable in the ministry of Jesus. After many rejected him as Messiah, Jesus turned to parables, explaining to his disciples in Matthew that those who sought God would grasp the deeper meaning, while the truth would be hidden from unbelievers. Jesus used earthly stories to teach heavenly truths, but only those who sought the truth were able to understand them. Parables are typically brief and symmetrical.