Jesus used the words EKKLESIA (church) and BOSSILEIA (kingdom) when describing and
defining His people.
Kingdom is used in more than one sense, i.e., God's people.
Present - Matthew 6:33.
Eternal - II Peter 1:11.
We seem to know little about living in God's kingdom.
The word KINGDOM is used 124+ times in the N.T.
We are friends at the assembly on Sunday and strangers Monday - Saturday.
Many often feel little to no personal responsibility outside the assembly.
What does it really mean to live in the kingdom of God?
In this lesson, let's explore some of the concepts that were in the minds of people in
Jesus' day when He used terms like Kingdom and Church.
THE KINGDOM AND THE CHURCH ARE THE SAME PEOPLE -- BUT DIFFERENT SITUATIONS.
Define KINGDOM - BOSSILEIA - Primarily an abstract noun denoting sovereignty, royal power,
dominion. That or those over whom a king exercises dominion. Not just a parcel of land.
Broadly, it is any group of people bound by a common meaning, philosophy, government, etc.
who work within that kingdom toward the goals of the kingdom.
Jesus used concepts that people already knew to explain what God wanted for His people.
Words like KINGDOM and CHURCH.
EXAMPLE: Grandpa was trying to explain to his grandson, who had never seen or heard of
an airplane, what it was like to ride on a 747. "It is like a huge bird, a crane, with
huge fans under its wings and rows of seats in its belly."
Jesus used terms to get the concept of His people across, like BASILEIA - a Greek
city/state - a complete unit.
Greece was never a strong federal unit, but was composed of several independent city/states
under the general philosophy of Greece.
Macedonia was a strong province, thus a pacesetter, but was self-sufficient. Together
these city/states formed a confederacy.
BASILEIA was a COMPLETE, SELF-SUSTAINING unit. Various ones worked within it to sustain
the kingdom or community.
In a kingdom there were: Blacksmiths, bakers, farmers, merchants, educators, authorities, etc.
Each had a slot to fill.
Each contributed to the community by what he/she did during the week.
Each used his talents, abilities, education.
If one left or quit, the community was incomplete until his role was filled.
EXAMPLE: Blacksmith quit - no tools, implements, etc.
They made their living with their trade which in turn benefited the whole community.
It was sometimes necessary for everyone to unite: fire, attack, etc.
EKKLESIA - from time to time it was necessary to call a town meeting. This was called
an EKKLESIA (church).
People were called from their labor in the Kingdom to discuss kingdom business.
This assembly dealt with things that related to affairs that DIRECTLY affected the citizens.
Everyone had an opportunity for input and education concerning the affairs of the kingdom.
HYPOTHETICAL SITUATION: Suppose the blacksmith decided...
... I am concerned about the kingdom, but I don't want to work during the week any more.
... I will serve the kingdom by attending all of the kingdom meetings.
... I will not forge tools, farm implements, etc.
... I will promise to have the best attendance at the meetings. I will be there without fail.
QUESTION: How valuable is he to the business of the kingdom?
How long will the other citizens continue to patronize him?
Though he may attend all of the meetings and be the most vocal, what real value is
he to the kingdom?
The assembly is not where kingdom business occurs, but is where it is discussed.
Faithfulness based on attending all of the meetings is absurd.
THE SPIRITUAL APPLICATION USING EKKLESIA AND BOSSILEIA.
Matthew 16:18-19 - both terms used to discuss and describe the church.
I Corinthians 11:18; 14:19,23,28,35 - called assemblies of the church.
We are often like the blacksmith in our former illustration:
Totally assembly oriented... a twisted concept.
Our emphasis has been to police the assembly rituals... (that is where most of our
We gauge our faithfulness by the assembly while we overlook the business of the kingdom.
PROOF: There are people faithful to the assembly who never study, pray, serve, give
or anything else between Sundays. Some run in, take the Lord's Supper and leave. There
are many long time citizens who have never been instrumental in leading anyone to Christ.
In the BASILEIA (kingdom), the assembly is a time to recharge, be refilled, informed,
etc., in order to go out and take care of the business of the kingdom.
ARE ASSEMBLIES UNIMPORTANT THEN?
Only if Kingdom business in unimportant!
One who is not faithful to the assemblies cares nothing for the business of the kingdom.
Our obligation is to attend kingdom meetings to encourage kingdom citizens.
Jesus envisioned a kingdom where everyone has a job description, a job to do, and is doing it.
Our survival in the kingdom depends on EVERYONE carrying his/her load.
However, God has empowered and equipped you, whatever talent or ability you have, use it in the kingdom.