In this lesson we will look at the gospel of Matthew 18.21-35. The overall topic of the passage is forgiveness, but Jesus builds upon this by talking about the kingdom of heaven. We will begin to explore why verses 34 and 35 are quite concerning if you don’t have a proper understanding of the kingdom of heaven.
There is much confusion in the church today regarding the kingdom of God and the gospel of grace. There are disastrous consequences when these two are mixed together. In this course we will look at specific passages and show what happens when there is no distinction drawn between the two.
After defining the gospel of grace, the gospel of the kingdom and the four gospels we will look at several passages from the gospels as we distinguish between the kingdom and heaven and the gospel of grace. We will see that using the gospels to understand how to have eternal life, you will have a works based salvation.
The message of the kingdom and the message of grace have continually been mixed together as one and stirred up with disastrous consequences. We’ve taken bits and pieces from the gospels and bits and pieces from Paul’s writing in grace, and we begin to teach them as belonging together. In this lesson we will look at some of the consequences of mixing kingdom and grace.
In the last lesson of this course we will look more critically at a few commentaries of Matthew 18.34-35, and what is problematic about them as well as what this passage actually meant for Israel. The lesson ends with two verses on forgiveness, which aptly apply to Christians living in this dispensation of grace.