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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 kingdom be entered by force?

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

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

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

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

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