THE KINGDOM AND YOU
The Lord urged His followers to "... seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness" (Matthew 6'33). Later He says: "... seek, and you will find", Matthew 7'7.
Romans 14'17-18 explains the basics of what it is. However, the setting for this explanation is important.
It's a discussion about the spiritual significance for some and not for others of eating foods and doing certain things as service to the Lord. And of judging each other.
While settling the "argument" Paul explains:
"... the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but 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".
The basic point is that the Kingdom of God is in the Holy Spirit. And serving the Lord is in this context. It's about serving things of "righteousnesses, peace and joy". (Peter talks of "spiritual sacrifices," 1Pe.2'5.)
And Colossians 3'24 says:
"... knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ".
Having received Christ and been born again the New Believer is able to see the Kingdom and give:
"... thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.
He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the Kingdom of the Son of His love,
in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins".
It is a Kingdom fact that our Father "has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the Kingdom of the Son of His love". We are now "kept by the power of God" (1Pe.1'5).
This is where we stand! Never forget it and always give thanks for it and what it cost God to achieve it for us.
Know that you are in the Kingdom of the Son of His love and do not doubt!
It is from this sure spiritual footing that Believers can begin to follow the Lord's pathway of service and receive Christ's New Covenant Kingdom of God inheritance.
Let's look at Jesus. His desire was to "be about My Father’s business" (Luke 2'49). He wanted to hallow His Father's name, see His Kingdom come and see His will done on earth.
Philippians 2'5 says: "Let this mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus". Disposition is everything.
The Lord submitted Himself to be immersed in water. He came from Galilee to the Jordan to be immersed by John:
"And John tried to prevent Him, saying, 'I need to be immersed by You, and are You coming to me?'
But Jesus answered and said to him, 'Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.' Then he allowed Him.
When He had been immersed, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him.
And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, 'This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased'," Matthew 3'13-17.
His heavenly Father acknowledged Jesus' very significant first act of righteousness as an adult, expressing His desire to "fulfill all righteousness".
He knew that the Kingdom is about serving (Romans 14'17). He served the Father with acts of righteousness, acts of peace and acts of joy throughout His whole life.
As He came "up immediately from the water"; the Holy Spirit came upon Him, anointing Him for Kingdom ministry.
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