The Kingdom of God

Posted: 30 November, 2009 in Ponderings
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But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.   Matthew 6:33

In the New Testament, one very common phase you will come across is “The Kingdom of God”, see here. But what exactly does the Kingdom of God refers to? Does the Kingdom of God only meant the high places in the clouds where God and angels dwell? More importantly, does the Kingdom that God reigns only limits to the heavenly plane and only when we finally get there?

To find out out what the Kingdom of God is, let us check out a few important area where the Kingdom of God appears in the NT that can shed more light and hopefully we can join up the dots.

I tell you the truth, some standing here right now will not die before they see the Kingdom of God.”   Luke 9:27

Then Jesus said, “What is the Kingdom of God like? How can I illustrate it? It is like a tiny mustard seed that a man planted in a garden; it grows and becomes a tree, and the birds make nests in its branches.”     Luke 13:18-19

He also asked, “What else is the Kingdom of God like? It is like the yeast a woman used in making bread. Even though she put only a little yeast in three measures of flour, it permeated every part of the dough.”     Luke 13:20-21

Jesus replied, “The Kingdom of God can’t be detected by visible signs. You won’t be able to say, ‘Here it is!’ or ‘It’s over there!’ For the Kingdom of God is already among you.” Luke 17:20-21

Then Jesus called for the children and said to the disciples, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.”    Luke 18:16-17

From the above points, we can make the following conclusions about the Kingdom of God: (1) It has happened within the generation of the 12 disciples; (2) Tiny as it is, it will grow into something huge and strong; (3) A little bit will make a whole lot of difference; (4) It has no visible signs, it is actually among/within/in us; (5) It has to be received expectantly and naively.

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In his letters to the Christians in Roman and Corinth, Paul wrote and explained it even more obviously:

for the Kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.   Romans 14:17

For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power. 1 Corinthians 4:20

The Kingdom of God is therefore the righteousness through Jesus Christ (Romans 3:22; Romans 5:171 Corinthians 1:30; Philippians 1:11), with the peace and joy through the Holy Spirit; And this is the ultimate living by God’s power! We don’t have to wait until we go to heaven or for heaven to come down. The Kingdom of God is already here and now!

It may seems small and insignificant, but it will grow big and strong and others will find shelter/comfort in you. Even a small portion will make our entire being different. It is not a visible grandeur but an invisible Majesty. It is then up to us to receive the Kingdom of God into our lives expectantly and joyfully; to enjoy, to be amazed and be thoroughly blessed, inside out.

Oh wait, there’s more! I haven’t even started on the  and all these things shall be added to you  yet!

God wants to you to be in His Kingdom. The Kingdom that is here and now. The Kingdom that is in you and you in Christ. In peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, powerful and strong, even a little is powerful. Expectant as a child. And even material things, that are of secondary importance, are not ignored, but give given freely to you.

This is our Kingdom… This is our King.


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