WHO: Told you that the Church is The Kingdom of God?
Does it make sense if we do that in these verses? [the only change I have made is “church” for “kingdom”]:
-In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, "Repent, for the church of heaven is at ...hand!" (Matthew 3:1-2 KJV)
-From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, "Repent, for the church of heaven is at hand." (Matthew 4:17 KJV)
-In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your church come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:9-10 KJV)
-And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the church and the power and the glory forever. Amen. (Matthew 6:13 NKJV)
-But the sons of the church will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth." (Matthew 8:12 KJV)
-Then the King will say to those on His right hand, 'Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the church prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
(Matthew 25:34 KJV)
Jesus answered, "My church is not of this world. If My church were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My church is not from here." (John 18:36 KJV)
. . . strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, "We must through many tribulations enter the church of God."
(Acts 14:22 KJV)
Well, you get the picture. Doesn't make sense does it? That is because Jesus meant something different when He said “kingdom” than when He said “church”. We need to understand the difference.