Updated: Oct 29, 2020
The familiar words of Jesus and multiple times repeated throughout the Scriptures about the Kingdom of God, which simply, yet strongly, suggests the importance of what He wanted us to not just hear about but to know and understand what it means. In the following, we'll see a variety of passages Jesus used to describe the Kingdom of God and brings it into context of how the Kingdom of God is (1) manifested on earth, (2) who it is for, (3) what is my part, and (4) what is God's part. If we are children of His Kingdom, the child of the King will know their place in the Kingdom.
MANIFESTATION OF THE KINGDOM ON EARTH
In the following passages, Jesus describes how the Kingdom of God is displayed for us to recognize. Being in the flesh and attempting to understand the spirit world and even His Kingdom, Jesus uses the following words to help us illustrate what He means:
Luke 17:20-21 - "Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them, “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed, nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.”
Matthew 12:28 - "But if it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you."
Luke 10:9 - "Heal the sick in it and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’"
Luke 17:21 - "Nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.”
It is clearly evident that His Kingdom comes to consume us completely because as we study these passages, it mentions that His Kingdom (1) comes upon you, (2) comes near you and (3) in the midst of you. First, this Kingdom has to do with people and it comes in such a way as if a person is completely consumed with it, breathing it, and all about it. Second, if the Kingdom has everything to do with people, what is so special about the body itself and what was God intending to do with people? The Scriptures reference the person's body as a temple of God, must be kept holy, is created in His image and will glorify God Himself. If mankind was the final and greatest creation on Earth through whom even Jesus came in that form and the Spirit of God lives inside of mankind, God is manifesting His Kingdom through humanity. It's not a building, castles, towers, gold or silver, but it is through men and women.
WHO IS IT FOR?
Everyone wants to belong where it's better living, comfortable, a sense of security, and knowing there's a King behind it all. The Kingdom is a desirable place to be but belongs to a specific group of people who are called the children of the King. Are you a child of the King? Let's take a look at what the Scriptures say:
John 3:3 - "Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
Matthew 25:34 - "Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world."
Daniel 7:27 - "And the kingdom and the dominion and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High; their kingdom shall be an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey them.’"
Matthew 5:10 - "“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
The prophet Daniel has already been speaking about the Kingdom of God that was coming and to be manifested as an everlasting Kingdom, which has no end. It was already spoken of earlier because the Kingdom has been established from the foundation of the world and then coming to fruition in the New Testament, when Jesus kept speaking of the Kingdom. As we wonder what kind of Kingdom and who it might belong to, people during the time of Jesus had also asked the same questions and Jesus clearly makes it known to them that the Kingdom belongs to (1) those who are born again, (2) saints, and (3) persecuted for righteousness. Jesus clearly highlights this because being born in the flesh is being a child of the flesh, your mother. Being born of the Spirit (in which Jesus was also born of the Spirit), become children of the King to their new identity. Carrying the name of a "saint" specifies you carry holiness, diverting and keeping unstained from sin. Righteousness, or the "right standing" with God, happens only through Jesus' death and resurrection where we can come boldly to our King since we have been redeemed by Jesus' blood. If this is who you are, the Kingdom is for you, belongs to you, and called to walk as a child of the King.
WHAT IS MY PART?
As a child of the King, you have the Kingdom! But what do you do with the Kingdom? How do you walk as a child of the King? In the following passages, there are two promises about the Kingdom: (1) there will be provision and (2) you will carry spiritual wealth. Let's take a look at the Scriptures:
Matthew 6:33 - "But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you."
Romans 14:17 - "For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit." -
Everything manifested in the flesh has already taken place in the spirit first. As a carrier of God's Kingdom, we inherit everything with it. There is a wealth outpouring in the spirit first and also transpires into the physical realm. In Matthew, Jesus speaks to the people saying to not worry about what you will eat, drink, or what you will wear. He clearly says to prioritize in seeking the Kingdom of God, which is the spiritual wealth we are meant to carry. This spiritual wealth is consisted of the fruit of the Spirit through whom is produced: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. This is the wealth that the world longs to receive, take hold of it and in desperate need to receive. The children of the King must pour out, pour out, and pour out this spiritual wealth on others.
Once we have prioritized the Kingdom of God, our lives will be all about His Kingdom and therefore decisions and actions will all be targeted for His Kingdom. Therefore, "...whatever you ask in My Name..." says Jesus, He will give it you because you start to ask as a child of the King who belongs in the Kingdom and will ask for building up the Kingdom; there is no room for fleshly desires because the spirit desires have overtaken them. Because physical needs are evidently a necessity on earth, the King will take care of those things because as a child of the King, everything already belongs to you and He who is Faithful, will not leave His children hungry or without provision in this world.
WHAT IS GOD'S PART?
If there is ever a guaranteed security and your well-being, it is promised in the Kingdom of God. The Scriptures promise that this Kingdom is not shaken, not be destroyed, and not even given to anyone but specifically to the children of God. It is God who establishes such a Kingdom through you and I and it shall stand forever. This is the greatest and most powerful kingdom above all other human-instituted kingdoms or devil-inspired kingdoms he devised. God promises that absolutely NO OTHER kingdom shall prevail. God does this, it's His working, and He backs it through the plans He foreknew before the foundation of the world. We see these promises in the following Scriptures:
Daniel 2:44 - "And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that shall never be destroyed, nor shall the kingdom be left to another people. It shall break in pieces all these kingdoms and bring them to an end, and it shall stand forever,"
Revelation 11:15 - "Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever.”
If we were to look at the last page of a book to see how it all ends, it would be exactly those words that God wins and that "He shall reign forever and ever." God's part was to establish the Kingdom and He is doing it in such a way that it'll never be thwarted or destroyed. This is not a natural kingdom but a supernatural through whom humanity takes part by manifesting His Kingdom daily in their walk of life.
Are you a child of the King? Have you been walking out this life as a child who walks in authority to breakdown strongholds and all arguments against the truth, manifesting the fruit of the Spirit and representing the Kingdom of God? This is the calling of those who are called by His Name. If there's an ultimate task on earth, this is it. The Holy Spirit who lives inside of us will help us walk the supernatural in the natural.