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,"
After the giving of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost the whole counsel of the Kingdom of God and Christ began to be taught to, and practised, by those who had received Christ. (See The Way on the Menu.)
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 authority, power, kingship, dominion and rule all go to describe the essence of what a kingdom is.
To Believers living in democratically-run countries, the depth of the meaning of such words may elude them.
But there are people who live in the harsh reality of 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 that 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 to be the reality for those who have received Christ.
In fact, it is so beneficial that one of the first directions Jesus gave was that His followers should seek it.
He also gave guidance as to seeing it and entering it.