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Are You a Part of the Kingdom of God?
John the Baptist made a radical statement that the Kingdom of Heaven was at hand. He would speak about a representative of the Kingdom of Heaven who would come and proclaim its message and principles.
In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” – Matthew 3:1
Many have different ideas on what the Kingdom of God is. There are many religious man-made ideas that supposedly pertain to the Kingdom, but don't. Ultimately, Scripture should take precedence in defining what the Kingdom of God is.
Rule and Reign
The Greek word for kingdom is 'basileia' (Strong’s Greek 932) and the Hebrew word is "malkut' (Strong’s Hebrew 4438). Both are about ruling and reigning and also about the dominion that God establishes through His power where His sovereignty is manifest.
For the kingdom is Yahweh's. He is the ruler over the nations. – Psalm 22:28
Yahweh has established his throne in the heavens. His kingdom rules over all. – Psalm 103:19
They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom
and tell of your power – Psalm 145:11
When God exerts His authority in this world, His purposes are achieved through the followers of His Son, Jesus Christ. They do not have religious men who exercise hierarchical authority over them because Christ is the one who has sole rule and authority over his people.
The Kingdom of God is about following the way of Christ and His redemptive purposes that go against the flow of this fallen world. When the rule of God is allowed to manifest through His Son, it will brings redemption to the people of the earth.
From the beginning of creation God established His Kingdom on the earth, but when sin entered the world, it was given over to the dominion of Satan. However, when Christ entered into the picture, the Kingdom of God would manifest through him to set the captives free. Man could be restored to the Kingdom of God through his message of hope and salvation.
When someone receives new life through the ministry of Christ, they are no longer slaves to sin, but righteousness. The Kingdom of God will spiritually be present within every true believer where Christ reigns in their lives.
But if it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. Or how can someone enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? Then indeed he may plunder his house. – Matthew 12:28-29
When Christ sets us free from the power sof darkness, his rulership takes over. His power is exercised by delivering those from the fallen ways of this world and filling them with the Holy Spirit. Once the 'strong man' is expelled from their lives, the Holy Spirit can enter.
Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, “The kingdom of God is not coming in ways that can be observed, nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.” – Luke 17:20-21
The Pharisees could not see the Kingdom of God when it was manifest within their midst. Christ was the representative of the Kingdom as he was the embodiment of God's plan and purposes.
Christ demonstrated the principles of the Kingdom of God when he walked the earth and when he returns will establishment God’s sovereignty to bring righteous rule upon the earth.
When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. – Matthew 25:31
From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. – Revelation 19:15
And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” – Revelation 21:5
The Kingdom of God at this point in time is about God’s redemptive rule within people’s lives through Christ with a future hope and anticipation for his return.
The Kingdom of God is described in the many parables that Christ told.
Many falsely believe that the Kingdom of God is the open display of self-righteous works before others. These things are often in fully display in buildings called, 'church.' They fail to understand that the Kingdom of God has nothing to do with vain works filtered through a denominational agenda.
The Kingdom of God is this age is manifested in a humble way being about God’s grace and mercy through Christ. It is not about exerting physical power and might with the goal of physically doing away with evil. It is about preaching the Good News, the Gospel of the Kingdom. It is about the sacrifice of the followers of Christ who are in humble service to their King.
The triumph of Christ in people's lives is about transformed hearts who become citizens of the Kingdom of God.
The Kingdom is about God’s absolute rule and reign in people’s lives through Christ. It is the action of His sovereignty is this age and the one that is to come. It is presently here in people's heart and minds, but is also will come in the physical one day when Christ returns in the glory of his Father.
For the Son of Man will come in His Father's glory with His angels, and then He will repay each one according to what he has done. - Matthew 16:27
May we take heed to these following words.
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you. - Matthew 6:33
Are you a citizen of the Kingdom of God, or a member of man's religious kingdoms?
- Escaping the Grip of Spiritual Babylon
God is calling His people to come out the "harlot daughters" that are denominations of the modern "church" and enter into the New Spiritual Jerusalem.
- The Distinction between Spiritual Kingdoms
Many preach and teach on revival, renewal and restoration the Church, but this requires separating from the kingdoms man has made for themselves and giving the King first priority in their lives.
- The Church is not a Building
The modern "church" expects the lost to come to them, and the truth dispensed to them in the “church.” Where in the New Testament does it say to erect a building and invite the lost to come into it?
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