by Roby Ellis
[Scripture Reading: Matthew 16:13-20]
A. Jesus’ teaching about the kingdom demonstrated very plainly that it would not be like any that this world had ever seen.
B. In Caesarea Philippi, just a short time before His death, Jesus explained some new things about the kingdom to the twelve.
I. This kingdom would be undefeatable.
A. As the prophets had foretold, this kingdom would stand forever (Luke 1:32-33; Daniel 2:44; Isaiah 9:6-7).
B. This is so because the kingdom would be built on the Rock (Matthew 16:18; 21:43; Ephesians 2:20; 1 Corinthians 3:11).
C. This kingdom would be defended by a keyed entry (Matthew 16:19; 18:18).
D. This kingdom would be so strong that not even the gates of Hades could overthrow it (Matthew 16:18).
II. This kingdom would be God’s, not man’s.
A. This kingdom belongs to none other than Christ Himself (Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 1:22-23; Acts 20:28).
B. This kingdom has no earthly legislature (Matthew 16:19).
C. This kingdom will someday be delivered back to the Father (1 Corinthians 15:24).
A. If you would like to be a citizen in this kingdom, you must appeal to the king for it, and He will receive you (Matthew 21:31).
B. There is, of course, a naturalization process that you must honor (Matthew 7:13-14; John 3:5).
C. This kingdom is prepared for all who will be faithful to its King (Matthew 25:34), and it will stand forever (vs. 46; 2 Peter 1:11).