The Kingdom of God Today
"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,"
THIS GOOD NEWS
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.
However, the focus on this website is on God's Kingdom in the present: the Good News of the Kingdom of God as presented by the Lord Jesus and the word of Christ.
It is significant that the Lord should emphasise "this good news ...".
Just to begin with, there is one thing that usually goes unmentioned in references to the Kingdom of God in teachings and preachings among Believers.
Ask the question "who is the King of the Kingdom of God?" and the answer is very likely to be "Jesus".
But it is God: Father and Son and Holy Spirit who is the King of the Kingdom.
The point is, God has ordained that Jesus be called Lord, and the New Testament refers to Him many times as Lord not king.
(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 referred to "king of the Jews".)
But the Holy Spirit makes the point that ...
“... 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 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 Father and the Son had sent the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost the whole counsel of the Kingdom of God began to be taught to, and practiced, by those who had received Christ.
But what is the situation regarding the teaching of God's Kingdom today? What knowledge do Believers have of it?
What is a Believer's personal relationship to it? 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 today.
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 Kingdom.
The Kingdom of God (aka the Kingdom of Heaven) is real for those who have received Christ. Jesus talked of seeing it, entering it, and seeking it.
And Believers everywhere in whatever circumstances can know the working of the King of the Kingdom in their lives.
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