THE KINGDOM OF GOD
WHAT IS THE KINGDOM OF GOD?
The Kingdom of God, also called the Kingdom of Heaven, is a spiritual Kingdom. We are “born again” of the Spirit of God, and we become a part of this Kingdom. Our minds cannot begin to comprehend or understand the Kingdom of God which is Spirit, unless we are born again of God’s Spirit.
“Jesus replied, “I assure you: Unless someone is born again, he cannot see [understand, know, be a part of] the kingdom of God.” John 3:3 (HCSB).
Because the Kingdom of God is a spiritual Kingdom, we must also understand that we do not fight against natural things, but the battle is in the spiritual realm.
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this [present] darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly [supernatural] places.” Ephesians 6:12 (AMP).
Therefore, we do not focus on the natural realm, but we set our eyes, now that we have understanding, on the Kingdom of God.
“But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things [needs] will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33 (NRSV).
Since the Kingdom of God is a spiritual kingdom, and we are born again of God’s Spirit—spiritual beings with the Holy Spirit dwelling inside of us—the Kingdom of God is also inside of us.
“…For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.” Luke 17:21 (NKJV).
When you received the good news or the gospel of God’s Salvation, you received peace with God and His Kingdom. You were set free from the bondage of sin, to live for Him. He has made you a king and a priest to Him, the King of kings. Therefore, as children and heirs of God, as kings and priests that serve God and His Kingdom, we have been given dominion, authority, and responsibility to spread His Kingdom—the Kingdom of Heaven— on this earth.
“And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age’.” Matthew 28:16-20 (NRSV).
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