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

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

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

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

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

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

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