The Kingdom of God or…The Kingdom of Heaven? B. Keith Chadwell, 11.15.2011
There are four Gospels in the New Testament; Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. I believe, most Christians will agree, that these are writings which are purposed by God to provide witness to the life and purpose of Jesus, the Christ, the Son of God and the Son of Man. These writings, while differing in a variety of ways, are parallel, written, accounts of His life, written by four different witnesses. Two of these witnesses are counted in the original twelve of Jesus' followers, which He had hand-picked (Matthew and John).
The other two witnesses were not of the twelve but had close association and were contemporary to the twelve and or other of Jesus' close followers (Mark and Luke). This is consistent with the Biblical principal that; "in the mouths of two or three witnesses, a thing shall be established."
Mat 18:16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.
2Co 13:1 This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.
Of the four new testament Gospel writers, ONLY the writer of the gospel of Matthew uses the term "Kingdom of Heaven". (KJV) (continue reading)