Defining the Words of the Kingdom
I. By defining the word “kingdom” and related words, it can be determined that the local N.T. church is the kingdom of heaven, a spiritual nation-state with a unique constitution and governmental system (boldface added below for emphasis).
A. kingdom: Kingly function, authority, or power; sovereignty, supreme rule; the position or
rank of a king, kingship. An organized community having a king as its head; a
monarchical state or government.
B. king: The usual title of the male sovereign ruler of an independent state.