By Lina Cioffi
Kingdom: a country or territory ruled by a King or Queen; also a spiritual reign or authority of God.
A worldly kingdom consists of family members, extended relatives and different people who impart royalty. They all have titles, positions, privileges, immunity and authority, being the royal representatives of His or Her Majesty. There is has a hierarchy consisting of different ranks, positions with specific duties, orders and laws which are carried out without question in obedience to their ruler.
The Kingdom of God is not manmade. There is no hierarchy in His kingdom. We are called to submit, to serve one another and lay down our lives, which is the greatest love (John 15). God loved so much that He left His heavenly throne, incarnate as man, to be the Son of God and Man. He brought Himself to our level in order to teach us about His Kingdom: a Kingdom that is pure in love and faithfulness (Psalm 85:10). Established on the foundation of righteousness and justice (Psalm 89:14), God’s Kingdom is opposite of human reasoning (Isaiah 55).
The Royal Family
As believers, we are a royal family made up of priests and kings to our God (Revelation 5:10). His laws are written on our hearts (Jeremiah 30 & 31) and we are His people. As ambassadors obedient to His laws and authority we have the right to execute the sovereignty of God.
The Kingdom of God is both present and future: “The Kingdom of God does not come with observation; it is within you (Luke 17:20-21). The books of Daniel 2 and Revelation 11 predict the future kingdom of God ruling the earth. He sits on His throne and reigns over the nations (Psalm 47:8).
Present Kingdom : A Spiritual Realm
Living on earth we cannot see with our natural eye, for God is Spirit. Therefore, His Kingdom exist in the spiritual realm (John 4:24). We enter into the spiritual Kingdom the moment we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. The same Spirit that was in Christ is now in us. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God (Romans 8:14).
The Kingdom of God is summed up in Luke 4 and Isaiah 61. As believers lead by the Holy Spirit, we are now living under the laws and authority of God. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love (Colossians 1). In the ministry of Jesus, the kingdom is revealed through the power of the Holy Spirit at work in His life (1 Cor 4:20).
2 Corinthians 5 says that we are called to be ambassadors of Christ here on earth. Every day we need to remind ourselves to be like Jesus, carrying the manifesting power of the Kingdom of God that truly exists in another dimension.
Future Kingdom: The New Jerusalem
The Kingdom of God is more than what is in the heart and mind of man. There is also a physical kingdom that will be visible in end times.
The books of Daniel 2 and Isaiah 65 contain prophecies of the Kingdom of God. It will be established and not destroyed. Revelation 21, the final phase of God establishing His kingdom is not humanly possible to fathom. Even though it contains a great detailed description of what is to come, our minds cannot fully comprehend its majestic beauty! It tells us that He will make all things ‘new’, about the Holy City coming down and that He will dwell among His people forever. Wow! A Royal Palace built by God with the finest materials and His Majestic Shekinah Glory is the only light…. such ‘Wonder’ that we should never let go!
Free Entry Into God’s Kingdom
God made it possible for mankind to access the Kingdom through the blood of our beloved Jesus Christ.
We must be born again (John 3).
– Baptism of repentance for remission of sins – Mark 1:4
– Being like little children (humble) – Matthew 18:2
– Being bondservants of Christ (walk in faith and obedience) – Ephesians 6:5-8
– Beatitudes – Matthew 5:1-11
These pointers not only transform our lives (living like Christ), but also situations around us, by carrying and manifesting the kingdom power within us.
What is Kingdom living?
– Living with an awareness of the present and future kingdom
– Cultivating the kingdom within us and seeing His grace
– Experiencing the blessing of His reign on earth
– Waiting expectantly without weariness for what is to come
Are we leaving a mark of the Kingdom of God wherever we go?