In the post “‘Something Greater Than…’ = ‘When the Perfect Comes…’,” I quoted this verse (among others):
1 Corinthians 13:10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away.
The kingdom of God was partial in the nation of Israel. That’s why, when Jesus came, He could make this statement to them on the eve of His crucifixion and resurrection:
Matthew 21:43 “Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people, producing the fruit of it.
Thus “the kingdom of God” was partial or provisional in Israel. Of course, the people to whom it was given are chronicled in the New Testament from the book of Acts onward.
Then, at the coming of the kingdom, prophesied in Matthew 24-25 and throughout the New Testament, the kingdom was taken away from the visible church and given to those within it who were truly sanctified – those found worthy of the fullness of the kingdom. The New Testament is not able to tell us who they were by name because it was written by the apostles who were largely martyred before the kingdom came. This, too, was as Jesus had prophesied.
Thus the partial (ancient Israel and the New Testament church) was done away when the perfect (the kingdom of God) came.
Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted.