CONTRASTING THE KINGDOM OF GOD AND THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST
We find interchangeable words in the Scriptures such as Elder, Bishop and Presbyter. However, such is not the case with Kingdom and Church. The institutions these two words identify are vastly different. The following is a Scriptural study of some of those differences.
I Jesus came preaching the Kingdom a present reality (Matt 3:1-2; Matt 4:17; Luke 17:20-21; Matt 21:43); Jesus vowed to build the Church not yet in existence (Matt 16:18).
3 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.