Tag Archives: Kingdom of Heaven

Afterlife, Eternal Life and the Life of the Kingdom

When most people who grow up in a Christian church talk about eternal life they are talking about ‘going to heaven’ or what happens to the ‘soul’ after death. Many Christians who faithfully come to worship each week do not … Continue reading

Posted in Biblical Reflections, Gospel of Matthew | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Matthew 19: 16-30 The Life of the Coming Age

Matthew 19: 16-30 Parallel Mark 10: 17-31; Luke 18: 18-30 16 Then someone came to him and said, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” 17 And he said to him, “Why do you ask me … Continue reading

Posted in Biblical Reflections, Gospel of Matthew | Tagged , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Matthew 19: 13-15 Infants of the Kingdom of Heaven

Matthew 19: 13-15 Parallels Mark 10: 13-16; Luke 18: 15-17 13 Then little children were being brought to him in order that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples spoke sternly to those who brought them; … Continue reading

Posted in Gospel of Matthew | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Matthew 16: 21-28 The Way of the Cross Part 1

Matthew 16: 21-28 21 From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on … Continue reading

Posted in Biblical Reflections, Gospel of Matthew | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Matthew 10: 34-42 Conflict, Wages and Hospitality for the Followers of Jesus

Matthew 10: 34-42 Parallels Luke 22: 36; Luke 14: 25-27; 17:33; Luke 10: 16; Mark 9: 41 34 “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a … Continue reading

Posted in Biblical Reflections, Gospel of Matthew | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

The Imperfect Church and the Kingdom of Heaven

One of the tensions in any type of interpretation of scripture that embraces a communal perspective is the distance between the church or whatever type of community of faith the individual is a part of and the vision of community … Continue reading

Posted in Biblical Reflections, Gospel of Matthew | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Gehenna, Tartaros, Sheol, Hades and Hell

  For many Christians the concept of hell has a lot of baggage associated with it. In the New Testament Gehenna, Sheol, or Tartaros which are translated Hades (Sheol) or Hell (Gehenna or Tartaros) did not carry the same level … Continue reading

Posted in Biblical Reflections, Gospel of Matthew | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Matthew 4: 18-25 Snagging the Fishers for Humanity and Spreading the Kingdom

Matthew 4: 18-25 Parallel Mark 1: 16-20, Luke 5: 1-11; John 1: 35-51 18 As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the … Continue reading

Posted in Biblical Reflections, Gospel of Matthew | Tagged , , , , | 10 Comments

Matthew 4: 12-17 The Kingdom’s Foothold

Matthew 4: 12-17 Parallel Mark 1: 14-15, Luke 4: 14-15 12 Now when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. 13 He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory … Continue reading

Posted in Biblical Reflections, Gospel of Matthew | Tagged , , , | 4 Comments