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The Teaching of Jesus Concerning the Kingdom of God and the Church


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Taking a biblical-theological perspective on the Kingdom of God—specifically through the teachings of Jesus—Vos begins a long discussion on the relationship between Jesus’ Kingdom and the church. He establishes the “now and not-yet” concept of the Kingdom of God, a kingdom that is both eschatological and present in nature. He addresses the occurances of “Kingdom of God,” “Kingdom of Heaven,” and the Old Testament revelations of earthly and heavenly kingdoms. This is a core text for any biblical or theological study of the Kingdom of God.

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Interested in more? Be sure to check out the Select Works of Geerhardus Vos (14 vols.)

Key Features

  • Presents a biblical-theological perspective on the Kingdom of God
  • Examines the relationship between Jesus’ Kingdom and the church
  • Establishes the “now and not-yet” concept of the Kingdom of God


  • Introductory
  • The Kingdom and the Old Testament
  • Kingdom and Kingship: The Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Heaven
  • The Present and the Future Kingdom
  • Current Misconceptions Regarding the Present and Future Kingdoms
  • The Essence of the Kingdom: The Kingdom as the Supremacy of God in the Sphere of Saving Power
  • The Essence of the Kingdom Continued: The Kingdom in the Sphere of Righteousness
  • The Essence of the Kingdom Continued: The Kingdom as a State of Blessedness
  • The Kingdom and the Church
  • The Entrance Into the Kingdom: Repentance and Faith
  • Recapitulation

Praise for the Print Edition

As a synthesis of Jesus’ teachings upon The Kingdom it is most excellent, balanced, broad, well reasoned, really digested. It is written in full view of many conflicting opinions. But it faces them all with the fair, full strength of Christ’s well ordered Messianic schemes. It honors the Lord’s kingliness and righteousness and mercy unitedly and alike, conceiving and presenting the whole simply and in a rich unison.

The Hartford Seminary Record

[This is] Geerhardus Vos’ early work on the ‘now’ and ‘then’ double reality of the kingdom of God in Jesus’ teaching, almost two decades earlier than Ridderbos’ The Coming of the Kingdom.

—Tsun-en Lu, PhD, hermeneutics and biblical interpretation, Westminster Theological Seminary

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About Geerhardus J. Vos

Geerhardus J. Vos was a Dutch-American theologian. He was the first alumnus of Calvin College (then Theological School) to earn a doctoral degree. Vos studied Old Testament at Princeton Seminary and graduated with honors and accepted an invitation to hold Princeton’s new chair of biblical theology in 1892. He held the chair until his retirement in 1932. During his time at Princeton, he taught some of the great Reformed minds of the twentieth century, including John Gresham Machen and Ned Bernard Stonehouse. Vos was also an essential catalyst in the establishment of Biblical Theology as a discipline and represented the early theological thought as one of the premier Reformed thinkers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, his Reformed Dogmatics is an important piece of Reformed theology. He passed away in 1949. Vos’ thinking and scholarship in theology has influenced Cornelius Van Til, John Murray, Richard B. Gaffin Jr., and Herman Ridderbos.

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Top Highlights

“In view of this it creates some surprise at first sight, that Jesus never speaks of the kingdom of God as previously existing. To him the kingdom is throughout something new, now first to be realized.” (Page 15)

“Side by side with the kingdom that is we meet in the Old Testament a kingdom yet to come” (Page 18)

“That the idea of the church, where it emerges in his teaching, is a direct outgrowth of the development of his doctrine of the kingdom, will appear in the sequel.” (Page 8)

“God’s kingdom is always his reign, his rule, never his domain” (Page 26)

“The expectation of the kingdom of God became equivalent to the Messianic hope of Israel” (Page 19)

  • Title: The Teaching of Jesus Concerning the Kingdom of God and the Church
  • Author: Geerhardus Vos
  • Edition: Second Edition, Revised
  • Publisher: American Tract Society
  • Print Publication Date: 1903
  • Logos Release Date: 2014
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Jesus Christ › Teachings; Kingdom of God › Biblical teaching
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-02-12T06:14:56Z

Geerhardus Vos (1862–1949), a Reformed theologian and one of the most distinguished representatives of the Princeton Theology, he is sometimes called the father of Reformed Biblical Theology. He earned degrees from Calvin Theological Seminary, Princeton Theological Seminary, and the University of Strasbourg (PhD in Arabic). In 1894 he was ordained as a minister in the Presbyterian Church in the USA. Before beginning a thirty-nine-year tenure on Princeton’s faculty, he was professor of systematic and exegetical theology at Calvin Theological Seminary. 


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  1. Jeremy Hulsey

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    This book should be read every year by every pastor who can get their hands on a copy.

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