Defining the Words of the Kingdom

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.