WESTMINSTER SHORTER CATECHISM:"...we pray, that Satans kingdom maybe destroyed; and that the Kingdom ofgrace may be advanced, ourselves andothers brought into it, and kept in it;and that the Kingdom of glory may behastened."
1. RELATIONSHIP OF PETITION #1 AND #2?2. WHAT IS A "KINGDOM?"
Matthew 3:2 "Repent, for the kingdom ofheaven is near."
Ephesians 5:5 For of this you can be sure:No immoral, impure or greedy person--such a man is an idolater--has anyinheritance in the kingdom of Christ andof God.
Matthew 12:26 If Satan drives out Satan,he is divided against himself. How thencan his kingdom stand?
Proverbs 14:34 Righteousness exalts anation, but sin is a reproach to anypeople.
Daniel 5:5 Suddenly the fingers of ahuman hand appeared and wrote on theplaster of the wall, near the lamp standin the royal palace. The king watched thehand as it wrote..
6 His face turned pale and he was sofrightened that his knees knockedtogether and his legs gave way.
Daniel 5:25 "This is the inscription thatwas written:MENE, MENE, TEKEL, PARSIN
26"This is what these words mean: Mene:God has numbered the days of your reignand brought it to an end."
27 Tekel:You have been weighed on thescales and found wanting.
28Peres: "Your kingdom is divided andgiven to the Medes and Persians."
Daniel 5:20 But when his heart waslifted up and his spirit was hardened sothat he dealt proudly, he was broughtdown from his kingly throne, and hisglory was taken from him.
21He was driven from among thechildren of mankind, and his mind wasmade like that of a beast, and hisdwelling was with the wild donkeys.
He was fed grass like an ox, and his bodywas wet with the dew of heaven,
until he knew that the Most High Godrules the kingdom of mankind and setsover it whom he will.
22And you his son, Belshazzar, have nothumbled your heart, though you knew allthis,
23 butyou have lifted up yourself againstthe Lord of heaven. And the vessels ofhis house have been brought in beforeyou, and you and your lords, your wives,and your concubines have drunk winefrom them.
And you have praised the gods of silverand gold, of bronze, iron, wood, andstone, which do not see or hear or know,but the God in whose hand is yourbreath, and whose are all your ways, youhave not honored.
4.WHAT IS GODS KINGDOM? a. Gods rule over His creation. b. Gods rule in the hearts of men.
Romans 14:17 The Kingdom of God is...righteousness, and peace, and joy in theHoly Spirit.