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TCH MINI-STUDY: 46
 
THE WORD OF THE KINGDOM
 
In The book of Matthew, we are instructed, Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. When any one heareth [come to the ears of, receive, accept, and understand] the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty (Matthew 13:18-23).
 
In verse 19, some believe that the word refers to the bible, or scriptures. But, in verse 19, word is translated from the Greek word Logos, which means account, communication, message, or utterance, but also is a specific reference to Christ and the gospel of Christ. So, what is this announcement, communication, or message referring to?
 
The answer is found immedicatly after that when the author refers to the kingdom. In verse 19, the word kingdom is translated from the Greek word basileia, which means royalty, rule, realm, reign, a sovereign, or king. The word of the kingdom means the account, announcement, communication, message, or utterance of the Kingdom of God, its King, and His realm and rule.
 
The word of the Kingdom also refers to the gospel [Greek euaggelion, a good message, good news, good tidings, or good announcement, i.e., the gospel]: And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching [announcing] the gospel [good news] of the kingdom [of Christ and His rule and reign], and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people (Matthew 4:23).

TO EVERYTHING THERE IS A SEASON

“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace”

(Ecclesiastes 3:1-8).