The Kingdom of God Today
THIS GOOD NEWS
"This Good News of the Kingdom will be preached in all the world
as a witness to all the nations,
and then the end will come,"
"The kingdom of God is ...
righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
For he who serves Christ in these things
is acceptable to God and approved by men,"
Because the Kingdom of God covers all things spiritual and natural in the past, in the present and in the future there is much that can be said about it.
But because Jesus said "this good news ..." the focus here is on the Kingdom of God in the present as presented by the Him and the word of Christ given by the Holy Spirit.
To begin with there is one thing about the Kingdom of God that usually goes unmentioned in teachings and preaching among Believers. It's about who is the king of the Kingdom of God.
Ask any Believer the question "who is the King of the Kingdom of God?" and the answer is very likely to be "Jesus".
But the answer is in the question: God is the King of the Kingdom of God! That is, of course, God - Father and Son and Holy Spirit: the Godhead.
The point about saying this is that, for this time of God's dealings with mankind, God has ordained that Jesus be called Lord, not King.
More to the point, the Lord Jesus Christ does two things regarding the Kingdom of God. He represents it and He expresses it.
Believers sing songs and hear preaching Sunday by Sunday declaring that Jesus is King. In contrast, the New Testament refers to Him as Lord.
(The exceptions of 1 Timothy 6'15 and Revelation 17'14,19'16 refer to Him as King of kings and Lord of lords in other contexts. And He is also referred to "king of the Jews".)
The Holy Spirit makes the point...
“... God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth,
and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father,” Philippians 2'9-11.
Thomas honoured and identified Him very clearly: “My Lord and my God!” John 21'28.
And 1 Corinthians 12'3 confirms that ...
“... no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit".
After the giving of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost the whole counsel of the Kingdom of God began to be taught to, and practised, by those who had received Christ.
But what is the situation regarding the teaching of God's Kingdom today? What do Believers know about it?
What is a Believer's personal relationship to it? And what is the relationship of God's People, the Body of Christ, to it?
The words power, kingship, dominion and rule all describe the total authority of what a kingdom is.
Such words may seem irrelevant to some. But there are people who live in the harsh reality of a kingdom or totalitarian government at this moment.
In New Testament times life was like that. Every day citizens felt that harsh reality. And it was the reality into which the Lord came preaching the Good News of the God's Kingdom.
The Kingdom of God (aka the Kingdom of Heaven) is a reality for those who have received Christ.
Jesus talked of seeing it, entering it, and seeking it.
To summarise, this website is about:
the New Covenant Kingdom of God,
that Father, Son, Holy Spirit, in unity, are King of the Kingdom of God
and that Jesus Christ is Lord.