You must turn from sin before you can enter God's Kingdom (Matthew 3: 1-2)-Matthew 3:1 (NIV) In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea Matthew 3:2 (NIV) and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”
Jesus describes members of God's Kingdom (Matthew 5: 1-9)-Matthew 5:1 (NIV) Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, Matthew 5:2 (NIV)and he began to teach them. He said: Matthew 5:3 (NIV) “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:4 (NIV) Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:5 (NIV) Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Matthew 5:6 (NIV) Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Matthew 5:7 (NIV) Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Matthew 5:8 (NIV) Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Matthew 5:9 (NIV) Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Obeying God's commands yields great rewards in his Kingdom (Matthew 5: 19)-Matthew 5:19 (NIV) Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
Only righteous people will enter God's Kingdom (Matthew 5: 20)-Matthew 5:20 (NIV) For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.
God's Kingdom is open to those who do his will (Matthew 7: 21)-Matthew 7:21 (NIV) Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
Healed lives are associated with God's Kingdom (Matthew 9: 35-37)-Matthew 9:35 (NIV)Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. Matthew 9:36 (NIV) When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Matthew 9:37 (NIV) Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.
Entering God's Kingdom costs someone everything (Matthew 13: 44-45)-Matthew 13:44 (NIV) “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. Matthew 13:45 (NIV) “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls.
God's Kingdom is reserved for the humble (Matthew 18: 2-3)-Matthew 18:2 (NIV) He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. Matthew 18:3 (NIV) And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
No one deserves God's Kingdom (Matthew 18: 23-35)-Matthew 18:23 (NIV) “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. Matthew 18:24 (NIV) As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold was brought to him. Matthew 18:25 (NIV) Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt. Matthew 18:26 (NIV) “At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ Matthew 18:27 (NIV) The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go. Matthew 18:28 (NIV) “But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins. He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded. Matthew 18:29 (NIV) “His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’ Matthew 18:30 (NIV) “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. Matthew 18:31 (NIV) When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened. Matthew 18:32 (NIV) “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Matthew 18:33 (NIV) Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ Matthew 18:34 (NIV) In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. Matthew 18:35 (NIV) “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”
God's Kingdom is within our hearts (Luke 17: 20-21)-Luke 17:20 (NIV) Once, on being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed, Luke 17:21 (NIV) nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is in your midst.”
God's Kingdom will fully arrive in the future (Luke 21: 25-31)-Luke 21:25 (NIV) “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. Luke 21:26 (NIV) People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. Luke 21:27 (NIV) At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Luke 21:28 (NIV) When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” Luke 21:29 (NIV) He told them this parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees. Luke 21:30 (NIV) When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near. Luke 21:31 (NIV) Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near.
Only those who are spiritually reborn can enter God's Kingdom (John 3: 3)-John 3:3 (NIV) Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”
Entering God's Kingdom is not easy (Acts 14: 22)-Acts 14:22 (NIV) strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” they said.
Christians should tell others about the Kingdom of God (Acts 28: 31)-Acts 28:31 (KJV) Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.
God's Kingdom affects our lives (Romans 14: 17)-Romans 14:17 (NIV) For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit,
God's Kingdom is powerful (1 Corinthians 4: 20)-1 Corinthians 4:20 (NIV) For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.
No immoral person will be allowed into God's Kingdom (Ephesians 5: 5)-Ephesians 5:5 (NIV) For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
Christians are members of God's Kingdom (Colossians 1: 13)-Colossians 1:13 (NIV) For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,
Christians' lives should reflect their membership in God's Kingdom/God calls people into his Kingdom (1 Thessalonians 2: 12)-1 Thessalonians 2:12 (NIV) encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.
God's Kingdom cannot be shaken (Hebrews 12: 28)-Hebrews 12:28 (NIV) Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe,
God's Kingdom will one day be fully consummated (Revelation 11: 15)-Revelation 11:15 (NIV) The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign for ever and ever.”
Christians should be kind to each other (Ephesians 4: 32)-Ephesians 4:32 (NIV) Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Be kind to people who treat you wrongly (1 Thessalonians 5: 15)-1 Thessalonians 5:15 (NIV) Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.
Choose to be kind rather than to argue (2 Timothy 2: 24)-2 Timothy 2:24 (NIV) And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.
Being kind takes effort (2 Peter 1: 5-7)-2 Peter 1:5 (NIV) For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 2 Peter 1:6 (NIV) and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 2 Peter 1:7 (NIV) and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.
Justice should not be influenced by a crowd (Exodus 23: 2)-Exodus 23:2 (NIV) “Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong. When you give testimony in a lawsuit, do not pervert justice by siding with the crowd,
Protect the poor (Exodus 23: 6)-Exodus 23:6 (NIV) “Do not deny justice to your poor people in their lawsuits.
Do not hold back justice (Deuteronomy 27: 19)-Deuteronomy 27:19 (NIV) “Cursed is anyone who withholds justice from the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow.” Then all the people shall say, “Amen!”
God loves justice (Psalm 11: 7)-Psalm 11:7 (NIV) For the Lord is righteous, he loves justice; the upright will see his face.
Jesus' death was justice for sin (Romans 3: 25-26)-Romans 3:25 (NIV) God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished--Romans 3:26 (NIV) he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.
God is able to judge (Job 34: 23)-Job 34:23 (NIV) God has no need to examine people further, that they should come before him for judgment.
God is the ultimate authority (Psalm 9: 7)-Psalm 9:7 (NIV) The Lord reigns forever; he has established his throne for judgment.
God will judge all people (Ecclesiastes 3: 17)-Ecclesiastes 3:17 (NIV) I said to myself, “God will bring into judgment both the righteous and the wicked, for there will be a time for every activity, a time to judge every deed.”
God will judge people for their actions (Ecclesiastes 11: 9)-Ecclesiastes 11:9 (NIV) You who are young, be happy while you are young, and let your heart give you joy in the days of your youth. Follow the ways of your heart and whatever your eyes see, but know that for all these things God will bring you into judgment.
God will judge everything done in secret (Ecclesiastes 12: 14)-Ecclesiastes 12:14 (NIV) For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.
God will rule that wicked people are guilty (Malachi 3: 5)-Malachi 3:5 (NIV) “So I will come to put you on trial. I will be quick to testify against sorcerers, adulterers and perjurers, against those who defraud laborers of their wages, who oppress the widows and the fatherless, and deprive the foreigners among you of justice, but do not fear me,” says the Lord Almighty.
God will judge the words we speak (Matthew 12: 36)-Matthew 12:36 (NIV) But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken.
God does not judge by appearances (John 7: 24)-John 7:24 (NIV) Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly.”
God will judge Christians-(Romans 14: 10)-Romans 14:10 (KJV) But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
God will judge Christians for their actions (2 Corinthians 5: 10)-2 Corinthians 5:10 (NIV) For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.
God will judge all people (Hebrews 9: 27)-Hebrews 9:27 (NIV) Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment,
People whose names are in God's book of Life will enter heaven (Revelation 20: 11-15) Revelation 20:11 (KJV) And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. Revelation 20:12 (KJV) And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. Revelation 20:13 (KJV) And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. Revelation 20:14 (KJV) And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. Revelation 20:15 (KJV) And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.