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How can God’s sovereign and peaceful kingdom be entered by force? MATTHEW 11:12

MATTHEW 11:12—How can God’s sovereign and peaceful kingdom be entered by force?

: Paul declared that the kingdom (rule) “peace and joy in the ” (Rom. 14:17). However, Matthew says “the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take by force.” How can one enter God’s kingdom by force?

SOLUTION: a difficult passage, and has been interpreted several ways. take to mean that the kingdom violently taken by its enemies. That , the forceful religious leaders of ’ day resisting the kingdom introduced by John. wanted a kingdom, but not the kind that being offered by John and (cf. Rom. 10:3). However, object that opposed to the context that expressing the greatness of John the Baptist and the contrast between day and Christ’s.

Others see the “violence” as a figure of speech meaning, , that the kingdom breaks through or intrudes itself with great power and abruptness. Then, the intense endeavors of who on the preaching of John taking the kingdom by storm. On view, speaking of the response to John’s preaching as a great popular uprising, a storming of the kingdom by rushing with eagerness to get in with a violent zeal. explains the of the term “violence” and fits the overall context.

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[1], N. L., & Howe, T. A. (1992). When critics ask : A popular handbook on Bible difficulties (340). Wheaton, Ill.: Victor Books.

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