01) THE KINGDOM OF GOD


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       ‘THE THRONE ROOM OF GOD’

Priorities

Matthew 6:33
    
But seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness,
    
and all these things shall be added to you.

1Timothy 4:8 
      For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable
     
for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that
     
which is to come.

Revelation 7:10-11 
     
10 Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!
  
      11 All the angels stood around the throne
and the elders and the four living 
         
creatures,and fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God

The central message of Jesus Christ was the message of "the Kingdom of God" or "the Kingdom of Heaven". This message, when understood, is the most relevant message that can be taught today to meet the needs of humanity. It is a highly attractive message, and will produce the greatest results of any message one could bring. This message must once again become the central theme of preachers and teachers in these last days. When the message of the Kingdom of God is given correctly, the results will be dramatic, just as they were for our Lord and for the apostles of our Lord. For with the proclamation of the Kingdom comes the power of the Kingdom. Paul declared in 1 Corinthians 4:20 "for the Kingdom of God is not in word but in power". Anyone who dares to produce theological works on the subject of the Kingdom of God without demonstrating something of the reality of the power of the Kingdom has missed the mark. The Kingdom of God is not in word but in power.

The very first priority of a follower of Jesus Christ is to seek first the Kingdom of God, to find and follow the will of God; this is the way the Kingdom advances. Seeking means more than just looking for or even searching for, it is actively seeking God and His Kingdom. We need to make this seeking our prime objective with everything else taking second place, everything. We live in a visible, material world and the Kingdom of God is an invisible world; one that surrounds us, under girds us and thoroughly penetrates our visible world. The Kingdom exists now in our world because Jesus came and it came with Him, it is here and though it is spiritual and invisible to us, it governs both the visible and the invisible. It is a reality not a concept or an idea for it is literally within us. The promise of God is that when we do this all thee other things we worry about will be ours.

This is the Kingdom and we are required to seek it, implies that we are to seek to belong to it—we desire to know Christ’s will and to do it—we seek to be recognized by Christ as one of his own for we are bought with a price, and we seek to promote the interests of His Kingdom, as all true subjects of any kingdom would want to do, and should do if that government deserves our support. We, who are truly seeking first the Kingdom of God, seek to be perfectly governed by Christ now, here on earth as they are in Heaven. We would have Christ living and reigning within us so that every thought shall be brought under obedience to His perfect will. The command to seek the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness first compels upon us to treat this subject as of the absolute and supreme importance. This must be the supreme business of our lives. Nothing else is allowed to have any importance compared with this.

The injunction to seek first the Kingdom of God implies that we seek it first as the prime subject of our lives. It should be the first thing attended to. It is not merely to be admitted to as our prime importance, but should without any doubt be put first on our list of priorities. The first thoughts we have each morning should be given to it and along with our willingness to be vessels for His use. Whenever God’s word or His Holy Spirit brings into our minds the invitations or the claims of His Kingdom, we are to remember that that is the accepted time we are to move out in His Kingdom. Right now, first, before any thing else, let the longing of your soul reach out to the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness and you will have your first priority in its rightful place. It is also implies that we seek first His kingdom with absolute, devoted earnestness, for we are citizens of this Kingdom and it is to our benefit to do all we can to advance it.

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Luke 17:20-21
      
20 The Kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation,
      
21 nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the Kingdom
           of God is
within you."

The Kingdom is God’s order. It brings total coherence [sticking together], a total meaning, a total goal to our present life. It brings this life we now live into full meaning and guides it to ideal or desirable ends. Jesus has made Himself and the Kingdom synonymous. Not only was there absolute love embodied in Him, but absolute authority. God is not only redeeming in Jesus, He is ruling in Jesus. People who are born again spiritually inhabit the Kingdom. “Unless a man is born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.” John 3:3 The Kingdom operates in a specific manner for it embodies a system of fundamental principles and virtues that determine the quality and conduct of life. We live in two cultures; our present visible world and the invisible world of God’s Kingdom. We become good citizens of the Kingdom by being informed; this is done through the reading of God’s Word, under the anointing of the Holy Spirit and by having a personal relationship with Him. And by having verbal communication with Him through prayer. We also achieve this through our willingness to be taught, to serve and to have a servant’s heart. We further advance the Kingdom by our unity and our loving fellowship with fellow believers. By our unity we stand strong, for there is great power in unity but division weakens us and we are bound to fall.

Psalm 133:1
     How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity !

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Philippians 3:20
      But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there,
      the Lord Jesus Christ,

1 Peter 4:10
      
Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully
       administering God’s grace in its various forms.

Therefore, we are to seek God’s Kingdom and His Righteousness first, before we start seeking any of the other blessings that God has provided. Not Heaven, not gifts, not ministries, not material needs, not anything else, His Kingdom first. All we think we need will follow, they are secondary. He promises that when we do this all the other things we need to live by would be provided, material, financial, physical, social, etc. Our relationship with Him and His Kingdom is to be at the very top of the list of our priorities, not our personal or material needs, His Kingdom must be first. To this command Christ has given us a promise. You will notice that the condition of this promise is, "Seek first the Kingdom of God;" it’s as if He had said "If you will seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness, you shall receive all the earthly things you have need of, those things which He had been speaking off.

We are to understand that this promise includes all that is necessary for us to sustain ourselves here on earth. Jesus had made it clear that He was referring to our earthly needs. He knows what we need and what those needs are. He understood how strong the tendency to seek them first can be. He said if you make My Kingdom first, first in your time–first in your list of values–first in the earnestness with which you seek it; then trust me to make up all the other things that you need. He said if you do the business of the Kingdom first, I will do the rest. Take care of My Kingdom first–throw your whole body and soul into seeking it, and I will supply all your physical needs, not your wants, your needs. Do your duty to Me as I see it, and I will take full responsibility for supplying all those lesser things. Obedience physically shows the world our love for God.

Proverbs 16:7
      
When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

Entrance Requirements

John 3:3-5 
     
3 In reply Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the Kingdom of
God unless
         he is born again."   
      4 Nicodemus said to Him, "How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second
         time into his mother’s womb
and be born?"
     
5 Jesus answered, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit,
         he cannot enter the Kingdom of God.

Jesus said we must first see the Kingdom of God spiritually and then we can enter into it. For this to happen one must be born again by accepting Jesus Christ as both Lord and Savior. The Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Heaven are synonymous, they both mean, “God’s Kingly Rule.” Jesus teaches that in Himself, God’s rule, or His Kingdom, has already come. Those who become His disciples enter the Kingdom now, spiritually, and receive eternal life. Eternal life is another way of referring to the Kingdom of God. When Jesus returns for us His Bride in the Rapture we will then receive the Kingdom physically.

Matthew. 4:17
    
Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.”

When we enter His Kingdom we enter into a new system of life, one that is superior to all other existing systems. It is the most practical life we can live for it provides peace of mind, health, happiness, joy and an abundance of God’s supply, and everlasting life. We believe this because it is true. Yes, there is a Kingdom of God. Jesus said that it is found in Him, based on truth. He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” John 14:6. And He, who is the Truth, is King of this Kingdom, ruling it and guiding us with His righteous right hand. Without the King, there is no Kingdom. Everyone who loves the Truth – Jesus – and wants to follow this Truth is a citizen of that Kingdom.

Psalm 139:9-10
    
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 
  
10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.

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Philippians 3:20-21
    
20 But our citizenship is in Heaven. And we eagerly
await a Savior from there,
         the Lord Jesus Christ,
    
21 who, by the power that enables Him to bring everything
under His control, 
         will transform our
lowly
bodies
so that they will be like His glorious body.

Entrance into the Kingdom of God is totally dependent upon His Grace and not upon any kind of status or merit of our own. This establishes a basic equality among all believers; it cuts across all racial lines, nationality and gender. Within the Kingdom there is complete unity and harmony among its citizens.

Psalm 133:1 
     
Behold, how good and how pleasant it s when brothers live together in unity!

Transfer of the Invisible to the Visible.

Matthew 18:19
    
Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that
     they ask,
it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.

The Bible gives us a classic illustration of the transfer of Kingdom power from the invisible world to the visible world, our world. This transfer of power is something that only a true believer can participate in and fully understand. Just think of this, by the act of two or more believers coming together in prayer and agreeing on something that is within the will of God, then asking Him for it, God in Heaven hears and answers that prayer here on earth. We also have the comfort of knowing that as we gather together for prayer in Jesus name, He by His Holy Spirit is there in our midst, becoming one of us. It is the, invisible [Jesus] becoming part of the visible [Us].

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IN JESUS NAME”

Matthew 18:20
     
"For where two or three are gathered together in My name,
       I am there with them."

He has also promised:

Deuteronomy 31: 6
      
“I will never leave you, nor forsake you.”

Another wonderful promise we can hold on to, a promise of this invisible, supernatural world of God’s Kingdom coming down to us here in our visible, material world. The transfer of the intangible from Heaven, to the tangible here on earth where we can literally see the results of what God is doing. Bodies healed, relationships restored, disasters averted, finances received, sinners born into the Kingdom and we could go on and on. The following is one of the many blessings we receive as we seek first His Kingdom, a revealing through His Spirit of the wonders God has prepared for we who love Him.

1 Corinthians 2:9-10  
        9 But as it is written: "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor has it
           entered into the heart
of man the things which God has prepared
         
for those who love Him."
     10 Bu
t God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit
          searches all things, yes,
the deep things of God.

Gospel of the Kingdom – Gospel of Jesus Christ

Mark 1:14-15
    
14 Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching
         the gospel of
the Kingdom of God, 
     15 and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand.
         Repent, and
believe in the gospel."

The Kingdom of God, for many is a mysterious, hazy, world that we can’t see or understand. What is the Kingdom, what is its content and what is its program? First we must understand that the Gospel of the Kingdom and the Gospel of Jesus Christ are two different gospels. They are presented as two separate gospels by Jesus and by the Apostles. The Gospel of the Kingdom is the good news that Jesus has restored the Kingdom that was lost when Adam and Eve disobeyed God and sinned. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the good news that God so loved the world that He implemented a plan of Salvation through His Son that would erase forever the sin which came into the world in the Garden of Eden through one man, Adam and that the Kingdom would become part of us.

Luke 22:29 
    
And I bestow upon you a Kingdom, just as My Father bestowed one upon Me,

Romans 5:12, 15
    
12 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man,
    
15 For if the many died by the trespass of that one man, how much more
         did God’s grace and the gift that came by the
grace of the one man, 
        Jesus Christ, overflow to the many!

John 3:16
    
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever
      believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

We need to understand that by our spiritually living in the Kingdom now, we are re-entering into what man lost back in the Garden of Eden. We are returning to the very authority God had given to man at the very beginning.

Genesis 1:28
    
And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, 
     and replenish
the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion (authority) over 
     the fish of the sea, and over
the fowl of the air, and over ever living thing 
     t
hat moves upon the earth.

Our entrance into God’s Kingdom happens as soon as we believe on His Son and our sins are forgiven. We are given everlasting life and an entrance into an everlasting kingdom. The Kingdom was restored by the Father to Jesus, and then Jesus grants it to His followers.

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What is the Kingdom?

Jesus said, “The Kingdom is like this,” “It operates this way,” 
                 “If you want this, then
you must do this.”

He said, “When you pray, say, “Our Father – - – Your Kingdom 
come, Your will be done,  on earth as it is in Heaven.”

I believe the second phrase explains the first. The coming of the Kingdom means doing the will of God on earth as it is done in Heaven. How is the will of God done in Heaven?

In the individual will? Yes!

In the collective will? Yes!

In the entire social arrangement of Heaven? Yes!

The Kingdom of God is a form of government in which no rival parties or loyalties are permitted. It has one leader and demands the total submission of its citizens to the rules and regulations that govern this Kingdom and to its King. The Kingdom of God is completely totalitarian; it is an authoritarian type of government that demands total obedience in the total life of all its citizens. It tells us in – - -

1 Corinthians 6:19-20
  19
You are not your own; 
 
20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.

1 Peter 4:2
    
As a result, he does not live the rest of his earthly life for evil
     human desires, but rather
for the will of God.

James 4:7
    
Submit yourselves therefore to God.

I Samuel 15:22 
    
Behold to obey is better than sacrifice.

Wouldn’t that mean God has created a totalitarianism that puts its citizens under total bondage? Strangely enough – - No!

Man’s totalitarianism? – - Yes! This is total bondage, totally evil, devoid of freedom and disastrously harmful to its citizens.

A totalitarian government is one in which one political party or group maintains complete control over its citizens by putting them under a dictatorship and bans all other parties and individual freedoms. The Kingdom of God, although a complete totalitarian type of government, is a paradox. A paradox is a statement seemingly absurd or contradictory yet may be true in fact. When one wholly obeys and submits to the authority in the Kingdom of God, they find absolute freedom. We do not argue about this; we testify about it! The more one belongs to Jesus and His Kingdom the more one belongs to one’s self and the freer they are.

John 8:36
      
Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.

Galatians 5:1
      
Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which
Christ has made us free,
       and do
not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.

This total obedience in God’s Kingdom, develops total freedom. His will is our freedom. Our will in rebellion against His will is our bondage.

God’s totalitarianism = Freedom.

Man’s totalitarianism = Bondage.

Program of the Kingdom

Luke 4:18-19

18 "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach
     the gospel
to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to
     proclaim liberty to the
captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set
     at liberty those who are oppressed;
 
19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord."

After enduring forty days of temptation in the wilderness from Satan, Jesus went to the synagogue and announced His program. He said, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me.” How would that spirituality function? Would it be in an invisible, mystical state, or in a state of emotions? No! It was to function in a very definite, precise fivefold plan, laid out and drawn up by God and implemented by the Holy Spirit through Jesus Christ. It is laid out as follows;

—– “Because He has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor”

These are they who are lacking the necessities of life.

—– “He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives.”

These are they who are deprived of social and political freedom.

—– “And recovering of sight to the blind.”

These are they who are lacking physical wholeness.

—– “To set at liberty those who are oppressed.”

These are they who have been subdued or suppressed morally and spiritually and are persecuted for their faith.

—— “To proclaim the acceptable Year of the Lord, or Year of Jubilee.”

It would bring about a fresh, New World, beginning on the basis of a more equal distribution of this world’s wealth and opportunities.

This New Kingdom order that Jesus ushered in would touch the total life. Life would be totally redeemed by the coming of the Kingdom of God. This would encompass the social, political, economical, physical, moral, and spiritual life of the individual and the collective – the whole life. All else is secondary to the Kingdom. This is the program of the Kingdom of God but we cannot have the Kingdom without the King who is Jesus, nor can we have the King without the Kingdom. The Kingdom is the total program of God and we must receive it as such, no more, no less. It is a Kingdom He is giving to us His children at the present time. This Kingdom is not a worldly political power that exists by terrorizing its citizens; its power is in Christ’s rule of love which expels all fear and casts out all doubt.

Luke 12:32
       
"Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s
good pleasure to
         give you the Kingdom.”

Relationship:

Luke 18:28-30
   
28 Then Peter said, "See, we have left all we
had and followed You."
   
29 So He said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you,
there is no one who
        has left house or parents
or brothers or wife or children, for the
        sake
of the Kingdom of God,
   
30 will fail to receive many times more in this present age, and in
        the age to come, eternal life."

Our relationship with Jesus determines our relationship in the Kingdom. Jesus tells us that anyone who wants to follow Him and be part of His Kingdom may be called upon to leave all or give all. He did not say one would have to, but that one must be willing to if asked to do so. This demands a relationship of complete trust, a relationship in which we willingly obey because of the joy that we believe is set before us.

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Jesus calling Peter and John to leave all and follow Him.

John 15:13-14
     
13 "Greater love has no one than this, than he lay down his life
            for his friends.
     
14 "You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.

Jesus made Himself and the Kingdom synonymous, the same; they are one. The Kingdom came with Jesus, the Kingdom is Jesus, and Jesus is the Kingdom.

Matthew 26:27-29
    
27 Then He took the cup, gave thanks and offered it
to them, saying,
        
"Drink from it, all of you.
    
28 This is My blood of the covenant, which is poured
out for many 
          for the forgiveness of sins.
    
29 I tell you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine
from now on until
         that day when I drink it anew with
you in My Father’s Kingdom."

Luke 22:30
       
"That you may eat and drink at My table in
My Kingdom, — – –

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—- He used interchangeably, “For My sake,” and “The Kingdom’s sake.”

—- Jesus was preoccupied with the Kingdom.

—- He thought of the Kingdom unceasingly, it dominated His thoughts.

—- He made the Kingdom central.

—- The Kingdom is to do the will of God on earth as it is done in Heaven.

—- The Kingdom of God is God’s total answer to man’s total need.

Matthew 6:33
      
But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness
and all these 
       things will be given to you as well.

Many believers acknowledge the existence of the Kingdom, but for them it is still waiting in Heaven. They fail to perceive that it spiritually exists right now, here on earth, within us. At the same time, in another sense the Kingdom’s literal fulfillment is in the future and will be realized in its fullness only when Christ returns for His Bride, we the Church. At the present time we are in the Kingdom spiritually with Christ. In the future we will be in the Kingdom in the physical sense, in our glorified bodies, forever, with our Heavenly Father and His Son. As His followers, with a born again relationship, we can rejoice in the fact that we are living as present and future citizens of God’s Kingdom.

It is an Unshakable Kingdom:

Hebrews 12:28
     
Therefore, since we are receiving a Kingdom which cannot be shaken – -
It is a Kingdom that cannot be shaken, eternal, coming from a Savior that will never change for He is Eternal. He is our Bread of life, our Satisfying Drink, our Coming King.
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Hebrews 13:8
      
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

We have an unshakable Kingdom and an unchanging Lord. The absolute order, the Kingdom of God, is embodied in the absolute Person, the Son of God, Jesus Christ, and they are one. The Kingdom of God is a dynamic reality, not a dormant idea. God is willing to give the Kingdom to all who are willing to make a covenant with Him, through faith in His Son Jesus, as their Lord and Savior. Jesus said that we must seek first the Kingdom of God and be concerned about God’s Righteousness and what He requires of us. If we do that He will provide us with all the other necessities of life that we need. This is a motivation that has a transforming effect on any and every area of our lives.

2 Peter 1:10-11
    
10 Therefore, brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling
          and election sure, for
if you do these things you will never fall;
    
11 for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the 
         Everlasting Kingdom
of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Since we have all these promises from God and since His Word tells us that the promises in Him are Yea, and Amen. Since we know that God keeps His word, then it is profitable for us to do everything we can to meet the conditions necessary to obtain those promises. We are to make our calling in Christ Jesus sure and not allow anyone or anything hinder or obstruct us and turn us aside and stop us from obeying all of His commandments, His truth. It is through us and His promises that God gets the glory.

2 Corinthians 1:20
       
For all the promises of God in Him are
Yes, and in Him Amen, to the
        glory of
God through us.

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1 Peter 5:4
      
And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown
      
of glory that will never fade away.

Galatians 5:7
       
You ran well; who did hinder you that you should not obey the truth?

Romans 14:16-17
   
16 Therefore do not let your good be spoken of as evil;
   
17 for the Kingdom of God is not eating and drinking,
but 
        Righteousness and Peace and Joy in the Holy Spirit.

The Church and the Kingdom:

Ephesians 5:25-27
    
25 Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her,
    
26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing 
         of water by the Word,
   
27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, 
         without spot or wrinkle
or any such thing, but that she
         should be
holy and without blemish.

The Kingdom of God is not the organized church, the organized church needs saving: it cannot save. The church is connected to the Kingdom as a result of the church’s dependence on a relationship: a relationship that can only be understood as we see that the Kingdom precedes the church and we understand their relationship to each other. They are related to each other in the same manner as, “father” and “son.” The church loses its life in the life of the Kingdom and then finds it again in its King. The true church is made up of true believers, spiritually joined together in a living union with the head of the church, Jesus Christ, and with each other.

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THE INVISIBLE HOLDING THE VISIBLE.

The Kingdom is the absolute. – - -The church is dependent.

The Kingdom commands. – - – The church obeys.

A sad commentary is that today the emphasis is placed largely on the local church, not on the Kingdom. The Word says, “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand.” It does not say, “Repent, for the church is at hand.” The church is important; we must not forget that, for it is the place for the assembling of the fellowship of believers who have been redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb. It is God’s visible representative on earth, but it is not the Kingdom. We build the church – we do not build the Kingdom, we receive the Kingdom. We are not saved by belonging to the church, but by belonging to Jesus and His Kingdom.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20
     
19 Do you not know that your body is a Temple 
of the Holy Spirit, who is 
          in you, whom you
have received from God? You are not your own; 
     
20 you were bought at a price.

Luke 22:29
        
"And I bestow upon you a Kingdom, just as My Father bestowed one upon Me.

John 3:3
        
Jesus answered and said to him, "Most assuredly,
I say to you, unless one is
         born again, he cannot
see the Kingdom of God."

1Thessalonians 2:12
       
Encouraging and urging you to walk worthy of God
who calls you into His
        own Kingdom and glory.

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THE KINGDOM OF GOD

Psalm 48:1-2
     
1 Great is the LORD, and most worthy of praise,
in the city of our God,  
         His holy mountain. 
     
2 It is beautiful in its loftiness, the joy of the
whole earth. Like the
         utmost heights of
Mount Zion the city of the Great King.

Descriptions of the Kingdom:

The Kingdom is not of this world.

John 18:36
      
Jesus answered, "My Kingdom is not of this world.

The Kingdom is spiritual.

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

The Kingdom is in us.

Luke 17:20-21
   
20 Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the
         Kingdom of God would come, He
answered them and
         said, "The Kingdom
of God does not come with your
        careful
observation;
  
21"nor will people say, ‘See here it is!’ or ‘See there it is!’
        because the Kingdom of
God is within you."

We must enter as little children.

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Matthew 18:3-4
    
1 "Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are
converted and become
         as little children,
you will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
    
2 "Therefore whoever humbles himself as this
little child is the
          greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.

Luke 18:16-17
   
16 "Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder
them, for
          the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
    
17 I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the
Kingdom of
         God like a little child will never enter it."

We enter through tribulations.

Acts 14:22
      
Strengthening the souls of the disciples,
and encouraging them to
       continue in
the faith, and saying, "We must go through
many tribulations
       to enter the Kingdom of God."

It must be preached.

Matthew 24:14
     
"And this Gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in the entire world as a
       witness
to all the nations, and then the end will come.

The unrighteous cannot enter.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10
    
9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the Kingdom of God? 
       Do not be
deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, or adulterers, or 
       homosexuals, or sodomites,
 
10 or thieves, or covetous, or drunkards, or revilers, or extortionists will inherit
       the
Kingdom of God.

We must born again to enter.

John 3:3
       
Jesus answered and said to him, "Most assuredly, I say to you,
        unless one is
born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God."

We must pray for it.

Matthew 6:9-10
    
9 In this manner, therefore, pray: our Father in heaven, Hallowed
       be Your name.
 
10 Your Kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Jesus will return it to the Father.

1 Corinthians 15:24
      
Then comes the end, when He delivers the Kingdom to God the
       Father, when He puts
an end to all rule and all authority and power.

A Spiritual Seed

Jesus planted the Kingdom in the hearts of His followers as a small seed. He then returned to His Father to wait until the Kingdom materialized and spread throughout the entire world and encompassed every nation. This will be accomplished as we are obedient in the propagating of the Gospel.

Luke 13:18-21
    
18 Then He said, "What is the Kingdom of God like? And to what shall
          I compare it?
    
19 "It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and put in his garden;
          and it grew
and became a large tree, and the birds of the air
          nested in its branches."
    
20 And again He said, "To what shall I liken the Kingdom of God?
    
21 "It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures
           of meal till it was
all leavened." [fermented]

When the spiritual seed of the Kingdom that is planted in our hearts grows, matures and ferments, it causes that which sin has placed in our hearts to break apart and be forced out. Then the Kingdom of God truly becomes the Kingdom of our hearts, our very lives.

Psalm 139:23-24
  
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my
        anxious thoughts;
  
24 And see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the
       way everlasting.

The Scriptures are very clear. Jesus received a Kingdom from His Father, which He established on the earth in the hearts of His followers. Then, like a small mustard seed, or like yeast, or like a small stone that grows to become a great mountain and fills the whole earth, Then this Kingdom will take over all the kingdoms of this world, and they become the Kingdoms of our Lord.

Daniel 2:35
       
But the rock that struck the statue becamea huge mountain and filled the whole earth.

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Revelation 11:15
       
Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven,
         saying,
"The kingdoms of this world have become the Kingdoms of our
         Lord and of His Christ,
and He shall reign forever and ever!"

This is the finale of the Kingdom for the individual, the child of God and the finale of the Kingdom for the world.

Matthew 16:19
      
“And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven, and whatever you
         bind on earth
will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth
         will be loosed in heaven.”

Luke 12:32
      
"Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom.

Propagating the Kingdom:

Psalm 145:10-13
   
10 All Your works shall praise You, O LORD, and Your saints shall bless You.
   
11 They shall speak of the glory of Your Kingdom, and talk of Your power,
   
12 To make known to the sons of men His mighty acts, and the glorious
         majesty of Hid Kingdom.
   
13 Your Kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom, and Your dominion endures
         throughout all generations.

We who make up the Body of Christ have the distinct privilege of belonging to the Kingdom of God spiritually at the present time here on earth. We therefore, must endeavor with all we have within us to be counted worthy of such an honor. We must do our best to propagate [multiply-increase] the Kingdom, to speak of its glory and its power, to point the lost to it. The Kingdom of God is being formed within our hearts and within the world and we are Ambassadors and citizens of that Kingdom.

Ephesians 2:19
       
Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow
        citizens with the
saints and members of the household of God,

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2 Corinthians 5:20
      
Now then, we are Ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading
       through us:
we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.

The two Gospels, the Gospel of the Kingdom and the Gospel of Jesus Christ must not be separated; they go side by side accompanying one another. We read in the Bible that the Apostle Paul went about doing this; propagating both Gospels.

Acts 28:23
      
So when they had appointed him a day, many came to Him at his lodging,
       to whom He explained and
solemnly testified of the Kingdom of God,
       persuading
them concerning Jesus from both the Law of Moses and the
       Prophets, from morning till evening.

Acts 28:30-31
 
30 Then Paul dwelt two whole years in his own rented house, and received
       all who came to him,
 
31 preaching the Kingdom of God and teaching the things which concern
       the Lord Jesus Christ with all confidence, no one forbidding him.

Matthew 24:14
      
"And this Gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in all the world
        as a witness
to all the nations, and then the end will come.

HUMBLE AS A CHILD:

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Matthew 18:2-4
     
2 He called a little child and had him stand among them. 
    
3 And He said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and 
       become like little children,
you will never enter the Kingdom
        of Heaven. 
   
4 Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest 
       in the Kingdom of Heaven.

Greatness in the Kingdom of God does not depend on power, fame, wealth, or our social position in life. To be great in God’s Kingdom we must do something that is completely contrary to our human nature. We must be willing to humble ourselves and become as a little child. A child does not lean to its own understanding but in every way, without questioning, without doubting, puts complete trust in its earthly father, just as naturally as breathing. So we, in the same way, must trust our Heavenly Father, completely, without reservations. This is very difficult for such a sophisticated generation as ours to comprehend. You see, Christ doesn’t ask us to do anything complicated or confusing, He tells us to just simply trust in our Heavenly Father as a child trusts in its earthly father.

Proverbs 3:5-7
    
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding;
    
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.
    
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and depart from evil.

A child is willing to leap ahead and seize every opportunity its earthly father lays before him and he trusts him unquestioningly. We are offered the inexhaustible riches and power of God’s Kingdom if we can just believe and take hold of them with childlike faith. They are ours if we can respond to Him trustingly, joyfully, obediently, and unquestioningly – like little children but if we choose to reject and not trust Him, to disobey Him and are unwilling to serve Him then these words will come to pass.

“If men will not be governed by God, they will be governed by tyrants.

Matthew 24:14
      
"And this Gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in the entire world
        as a witness
to all the nations, and then the end will come.

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Matthew 25:21
     
Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things,
      
I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’

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