The Kingdom of God
“Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ as you read this article. May He give us understanding.”
Matthew 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."
This first message of Jesus is not only foundational to the New Testament; it foundational to the entire Bible message. From the beginning God was establishing His Kingdom on earth. God’s plan was to partner with His people to expand His way of life over all the earth (living in a love relationship with Father God in a beautiful garden setting). This is what Heaven will ultimately be for us who believe. For now we live in a fallen world.
To understand this Kingdom man would need to experience the love of God. That love can only be understood by the revelation that is expressed in God loving us so much that He would allow His own Son to give His life to atone for our sins. The suffering that Christ went through for us displays to the world the love of God. Christ was slain before the foundation of the world. Before God created the heavens and the earth, the Father and Son had already agreed on the plan that would express to mankind the depth of the love of God. Welcome to the Kingdom of love.
The coming of Christ is the beginning of the good news which illuminates our understanding of the Kingdom of God. Jesus Christ demonstrates the love of God for us and he demonstrates the type of relationship God desires to have with each of us – a Father/Son relationship in which the Son displays to the world the heart of the Father. God is looking for sons and daughters who know the Father and enjoy His presence. God is looking for Kingdom partners to advance His Kingdom on earth.
When Jesus to taught His disciples to pray, He gave them a model for prayer.
Matthew 6:9-13 In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. (10) Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. (11) Give us this day our daily bread. (12) And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. (13) And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
1.) When we pray for His kingdom to come, we are asking for His Kingdom to come in us. We are asking for His rule and reign in our lives now, today. “Thy Kingdom come” means the Father’s will is being done through me on earth. When His will is being done, we are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. We are expressions of His love.
2.) When we pray for His Kingdom to come, we are also asking for His Kingdom to come in this world through us. It is asking for myself and all people to learn to live in complete trust of God’s ways and God’s will being done. We are asking that as we let our light shine people will see the wisdom of God in creation and in how life works. Jesus said He is the light of the world and that He has come that we might have an abundant life. We are asking for Christ to become King in everyone’s life.
3.) Jesus tells us to “seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.” Matthew 6:33. Jesus says that knowing the Kingdom of God is more important than food and clothing. As disciples of Christ, the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven have been given unto us. Matthew 13:10-12. Therefore, we are to press in (make it a priority) to gain a fuller understanding of the Kingdom. It is belongs to us. Matthew 5:3. Those who are wise seek the Kingdom of God above all else.
When Jesus said, “Repent” He meant change the way you think. The Holy Spirit will help us change the way we think as we seek the Kingdom of God and how to walk in it.
There are two kingdoms at work in this world: The kingdom of darkness and the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God is righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. The kingdom of darkness is deceit and fear and sorrow in bondage. God invites us through Christ to come out of darkness into the light.
Colossians 1:13 He (God) has delivered us (believers in Christ) from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love.
The Bible says we must be born again to enter this Kingdom of God.
John 3:3-5 Jesus answered and said to him, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." (4) Nicodemus said to Him, "How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?" (5) Jesus answered, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
We cannot see or enter the Kingdom of God unless we are born from above by the Spirit of God. By being born of the Spirit His sons and daughters have access to everything we need to live and operate in the Kingdom of God.
Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,
The Kingdom of God is the rule and reign of God in the hearts and lives of His sons and daughters. Jesus Christ is the King of the Kingdom of God. He rules. That is why He is called LORD Jesus. The questions we need to ask ourselves are, “Who is King in my life? Which kingdom is ruling in my life? Which kingdom am I living in? What consumes my energy and captivates my thinking?”
One other important thought about the Kingdom of God:
After the resurrection before Jesus ascended back to heaven He was asked about the Kingdom.
Acts 1:6 Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, "Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?"
The disciples still did not understand how this Kingdom thing worked. Jesus told them only the Father knows about the times and the seasons. In the meantime He would send the Holy Spirit so they could walk in His power and demonstrate the Kingdom to this world. They were to be a Light and Salt in a dark world. Today many Christians want the kingdom to fully come now for them. Their cry is: No health problems; no money problems; no problems of any kind. Jesus is saying to us, “For now, live in this world by the power of the Spirit and demonstrate to this world the Kingdom of God. Be a Light in a dark world. Be Salt in a troubled world. The time will come when I will come and receive you to Myself.”
For Coaches of the Significant life: One of our objectives as a significant life coach is to help our coachees grasp the concept of the Kingdom of God. There is far too much emphasis on denominational teachings (this is how we do it) and not nearly enough emphasis on the Kingdom of God (this is how God does it). The church is NOT the Kingdom of God; it is supposed to be the major propagator of the Kingdom of God. I am not against denominations as long as Christ is the focus. We need the various expressions of Christianity found in the various denominations. However, let us align ourselves with what Jesus taught – love God and love your neighbor. May we unite around the central focus of Jesus and stop focusing on our differences.
Help our coachees to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. Wisdom knows the ways of God. The King and the Kingdom are God’s way.