Everyone who read the Bible looks at it through some interpretive lens. The lens of kingdom – provided by the Scriptures themselves – allows us to look at the Scriptures and see truths we might otherwise miss.
The kingdom of God was Jesus’s favorite topic. St. Paul, nearing the close of his life and being held in Roman custody, is proclaiming – what else? – the kingdom of God. It is vitally important that we understand what Jesus meant when he said, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.”