Posted On April 8, 2016

In Proposition 95, George Peters states:

“If the church is the Kingdom, then the terms “church” and “kingdom” should be synonymous.”

This is a simple yet true statement from Peters. In order for the church to be the kingdom and vice versa, then both terms should be able to be inserted throughout Scripture for one another and in so doing, not do damage to the immediate text, overall context, or overarching patterns and principles of Scripture.

The most notable observation Peters presents in Proposition 95 is the following:

“It may be proper to illustrate the application of the test. A few examples will suffice, as the subject is too momentous to be triflingly touched, being forced to it by the argumentation of our opponents. The word church is used for (1) an individual congregation. This usage of the word, of course, will not bear the test, for then there would be as many kingdoms as there are congregations. (2) For the general body of believers. Passing by the passages which would then make believers to inherit the church, and which would teach that the church itself shall inherit the church, we select such as Eph. 5:23-30, in which the church (i.e. Kingdom) was once so lost that Christ “gave Himself for it” (comp. Eph. 1:7; Gal. 2:20, etc.), that it needed special sanctifying and cleansing “with the washing of water by the word,”, etc. Or, Acts 20:28, where the church (i.e. Kingdom) is to be fed, “which He has purchased with His own blood,” phraseology applicable to believers and not to the predicted Kingdom. Take ever place where the word church occurs, and either in the passage itself, or in the context, or by a parallel passage, the notion of believers in their associated capacity is understood. But let us take the word kingdom and substitute for it that of church, and the result is seen e.g. in Mark 11:10; Luke 12:32; 22:29; 21:43; Mark 9:47; Acts 14:22, etc.”

Here Peters notes how interchanging church and kingdom fails the reality test. I challenge everyone to try this test out themselves. If you take this challenge, you will quickly notice that church and kingdom are not synonymous and the particular reasons why they are not with many of those reasons having been already discussed in our journey through this book. Words have meaning and it is an absolute must to use terms properly. When they are used incorrectly, it leads to very bad theology and forced interpretations.

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