The Kingdom of God – Part 1

 In Kingdom of God

DG Blog #34


             The Kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power. ­ –Paul (1 Corinthians 4:18-20)

When God created Adam and Eve, their purpose was to represent his kingdom rule on earth. He gave them a “domain” to rule as an outpost of God’s heavenly kingdom. But they failed, gave up their authority, and forfeited it over to Satan who is, to this day, prince and ruler of the world.[1]

Jesus [the last Adam[2]] came to reclaim Adam’s loss and restore God’s kingdom into the hands of his people. To do this, a change of thinking (repentance) had to be established in order to welcome the coming of the King from Heaven. John came preaching repentance and “the kingdom of God” to prepare the people for the coming of the King who had been hidden among them since his birth. John’s message was to make the path smooth and the crooked places straight for his arrival.

Like John, Jesus preached repentance and the “kingdom of God.” In fact, he preached more about the kingdom of God than any other subject. In the gospel’s alone, Jesus references the “kingdom of God (or heaven)” at least 104 times. He did not preach the kingdom of church or the kingdom of religion (he only mentioned the word “church” twice in the gospels—Matthew 16:18; 18:17). It was heaven’s kingdom established on earth that he emphasized. “Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

Jesus came to earth to restore the government of God’s kingdom, the laws of that government, the values of heaven’s kingdom, and the citizens who belonged to his kingdom. He brought “another country” with him to invade earth. He recruited ambassadors (twelve disciples) to pour his kingdom culture, laws, and values into their lives. He trained and equipped them to be representatives of heaven’s country and extend God’s kingdom rule in heaven on earth through his church. “Church” is the word used to define God’s people as the “called-out ones” (Greek: kaleo combined with ecclesia). It’s a community of kingdom citizens who are members of the universal body of Christ, attached to the head, and loyal to the King and his kingdom.

This kingdom is not something you can say is here or there (Luke 17:20-21). It is not a building with a cross on a street corner. It is the invading culture of heaven within us being inserted into the kingdoms of this world to transform lives into the image of the King. A kingdom only exists because of its king and is the extension and reflection of the king’s values, code of ethics, and the laws by which he governs. The kingdoms of men are inferior to heaven’s kingdom because they are governed by rulers with “Adam’s” nature. They don’t last long because they represent a broken human race and a broken system that’s already been crippled by the fall of Adam.

The greatest hope we have in these turbulent times is the fact that despite the outcome of this election, we are citizens of a kingdom that transcends every governmental authority on earth. A kingdom that will never be shaken. Let’s continue to invade this earth with heaven’s kingdom culture to those we come in contact with.

Grace and peace!

[1] John 12:31 (the ruler of this world); 2 Corinthians 4:4 (the god of this world); Ephesians 2:2 (the prince of the power of the air).

[2] 1 Corinthians 15:45

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