Introduction: Are you a part of the Kingdom of God? If you are
reading these lessons, the answer is probably, “Yes.” When I see
things going wrong in the world, or I get upset about national
politics, I have to remind myself that I am first a citizen of the
Kingdom of God. How can we know the Kingdom of God is real? How does
our study of the law fit into our belief in the Kingdom of God? As we
finish our series on the law, let’s dive into our Bibles and study
what it means to be citizens of the Kingdom of God!

  1. The Kingdom of God – Is It True?

    1. Read 1 Corinthians 15:1-2. What two options do we have
      with regard to the gospel? (On one hand, we can believe it
      and to take a stand for it. On the other hand, we can be
      casual about it and have acted in vain.)

    2. Read 1 Corinthians 15:3-7. What is the most important
      truth of the gospel? What is of “first importance?” (That
      Jesus died for our sins, just as the Bible predicted, he
      was buried and he rose from the dead. This was witnessed
      by many.)

    3. Read 1 Corinthians 15:12-13. Some do not believe in the
      resurrection of the dead. What is the logical consequence
      of that view? (It refutes the “most important truth” that
      Jesus died for our sins and was resurrected from the

    4. Read 1 Corinthians 15:14. There are lots of good things
      about the gospel. Why is faith and preaching the gospel
      “useless” without the resurrection?

      1. Our entire series has been about the law. I’ve been
        repeating that the law is given to us by a loving God
        so that we will not bump our head on the natural
        laws. How can that be useless? (If Jesus died
        permanently, then the law killed Him. If it killed
        Jesus, it will kill every one of us. Thus, even the
        idea that the law helps us would not ultimately be
        correct because the law would kill us.)

    5. Read 1 Corinthians 15:15-16. What other problem exists
      with our message if Jesus was not raised from the dead?
      (We are liars!)

    6. Read 1 Corinthians 15:17-19. Whenever I’m tempted to walk
      out of the will of God and into a life of sin, my first
      thought is “How can I live without God?” In all of the
      battles of life, in all of the challenges of life, having
      God with me has been essential. How can Paul say that
      “hope in Christ” for this life alone is pitiful? (I think
      his point is that it would be like me trusting the tooth
      fairy all of these years. It might seem to help, but it
      really is pitiful because I have a false hope.)

    7. Read Matthew 4:8-10. What is the temptation here?

      1. What does this teach us about Jesus’ belief in the
        Kingdom of God? (If Jesus failed, then He would lose
        everything. Jesus had confidence that He would
        succeed. He did not need Satan to give him the
        kingdoms of the earth, for He would recover the earth
        for the Kingdom of God.)

  2. The Kingdom of God – The Truth

    1. Read 1 Corinthians 15:20-22. What is the truth about
      Jesus’ resurrection? (That He was resurrected, and thus we
      can have confidence in our resurrection.)

    2. Read 1 Corinthians 15:6-8. Consider for a moment Paul’s
      statements about the futility of the gospel if Jesus was
      not raised from the dead. Paul says that the risen Jesus
      appeared to him. How trustworthy are Paul’s statements?
      (This shows that Paul has no motive to lie about the risen
      Jesus. He says he saw Jesus. He has no doubt about what he
      saw. Lying about it would show he had a pitiful life. Who
      wants to lead a pitiful life?)

    3. Read 1 Corinthians 15:23-25. What kind of timing do we see
      with regard to our resurrection? (Jesus rose first. Next
      come those called “first fruits” and then we are
      resurrected just before “the end.”)

      1. What advantage do we have as citizens of the Kingdom
        of God? (Our Kingdom is in the hands of God. Earthly
        kingdoms are destroyed.)

    4. Read 1 Corinthians 15:26. What else is finally destroyed?
      (Death! Our “last enemy” is destroyed.)

      1. Why is that important when we think about the law?
        ( Romans 7:10-11 tells us that the Ten Commandments
        bring us death. If death is destroyed, this means
        that the final conflict over sin is over. God has
        given us eternal life!)

  3. The Kingdom of God – The Future

    1. Read Revelation 21:1-3. What is the future of the Kingdom
      of God? (It will be located on the earth made new.)

      1. Since this is the “Kingdom of God,” where will God
        be? (He will dwell with us on earth!)

    2. Read Revelation 21:4. What fundamental difference will
      there be in this Kingdom? (There are no tears, death,
      mourning, or pain.)

      1. What does that teach us about God’s attitude towards
        these things when they happen in our life now? (God
        is against them. God will destroy them.)

    3. Read Revelation 21:5. Is God’s promise trustworthy? (God
      tells John that He does not want John to get this wrong.
      He says, “Write this down” because I want people to be
      sure they can have confidence that this what I said.)

    4. Read Revelation 21:6-7. One of the ancient quests is for
      the fountain of youth. Jesus tells us that He will have us
      drink “from the spring of the water of life.” What other
      exciting promise does God make? (We will be His children.
      He will be our Father.)

    5. Read Revelation 21:8. This is a very interesting list. We
      might nod our heads approvingly about leaving the vile,
      the murders, and liars out of the Kingdom of God because
      we want a safe, trustworthy place to live forever. But,
      how does this fit the idea of grace?

      1. Are murders, liars and the vile unable to rely on the
        perfect life and death of Jesus? We just studied that
        this was the most important principle of the Kingdom
        of God!

      2. The other sinners, the sexually immoral, magicians,
        and idolaters seem even less threatening. How do you
        explain this? (Notice how this list starts: “the
        cowardly, the unbelieving.” The first text we
        studied was 1 Corinthians 15:1 which mentioned those
        who had received the gospel and taken a stand for it.
        Believing God, trusting Him, is foundational. If you
        do not believe or trust, then your life spins into
        trusting others (magicians, idolaters), and putting
        self first (liars, sexually immoral, vile, and
        murders). Our life reflects whether we believe and
        have taken a stand for God.)

    6. Read Revelation 21:15-16. The New Jerusalem is a cube
      which is 1,400 miles on a side. This is approximately the
      distance between Washington, D.C. and Denver, Colorado. It
      is 1,659 miles from Jerusalem to Moscow. Just imagine the
      footprint of the New Jerusalem, when each wall is 1,400
      miles long! Imagine a city that is 1,400 miles high! What
      kind of condominium do you think you will have in that
      city? (Large!)

    7. Read Revelation 22:1-3. What does the main street of the
      New Jerusalem look like? (It has a river running down the
      middle. A tree with a trunk on both sides of the river
      runs along the river’s banks.)

      1. What is the purpose of the river and the fruit of the
        tree? (To give us life and keep us healthy.)

      2. Can you imagine what kinds of shops and restaurants
        line main street? Can you imagine eating at a
        sidewalk cafe there? No worry about calories!

    8. Read Revelation 22:6-7. Friend, do you believe? Do you
      want to be there? The essence of the gospel is believing
      that Jesus makes eternal life possible for us. The essence
      of the gospel is trusting God. That means we believe in
      His unmerited grace, and we trust that His law is His
      loving guide for our life. Will you, right now, place your
      faith, trust and hope in Jesus and join the Kingdom of

  4. Next week: We begin a new series entitled the Teachings of