The Kingdom Of God
The kingdom of God is a central concept in Christianity, but it is often misunderstood or overlooked. It may amaze you to know that quite a number of believers lack the basic knowledge or idea of what the kingdom is, talk more of putting it to perspective. In this blog post, we will delve into what the kingdom of God is, how it is described in the Bible, and what it means for our lives as believers.
In Luke 7, it happened that John was in crisis, locked up in prison and apparently waiting on his death. Then he sent his disciples to inquire from Jesus if he was the messiah or they look for another. And then Jesus said this to the disciples Luke 7:22 “Go and tell John the things you have seen and heard: that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the gospel preached to them.”
What is the Kingdom of God?
At its core, the Kingdom of God is a spiritual reality that exists within us and around us. The term “kingdom of God” is used in the Bible to refer to the realm or domain over which God reigns. It is often associated with the rule or sovereignty of God, and it is often described as a place where God’s will is done on earth as it is in heaven. Several passages of scripture show the evidence of this truth (Romans 13:1, Daniel 4:3, John 18:36) Kindly read our previous article on the will of God.
The Kingdom of God is not a physical place that we can point out, but rather a spiritual reality that exists within us as we are transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit. Meaning that it is palpable and can be experienced (Luke 7:22-23). It is a state of being in which we are fully surrendered to God and living in accordance with his will and purposes.
In the New Testament, Jesus often spoke of the kingdom of God in parables, using illustrations like seeds, yeast, and treasure to help people understand its nature and significance. He also taught that the kingdom of God is like a mustard seed, which starts out small but grows into a large tree. This illustrates the idea that the kingdom of God starts small and grows over time, spreading and influencing the world around us.
The Roles and Responsibilities of Believers
As believers in Jesus Christ, we have an important role to play in the kingdom of God. We are called to be ambassadors for Christ, representing him and his kingdom to the world around us. This means sharing the good news of the gospel and living lives that are pleasing to God.
In Romans 10:14-15, Paul writes, “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!'” This passage highlights the importance of sharing the gospel and being willing to go and tell others about Jesus.
In addition to sharing the gospel, we are also called to serve the kingdom of God in our daily lives. This can involve serving others, helping those in need, and living lives that reflect the love and grace of God. In Matthew 25:34-40, Jesus tells the parable of the sheep and the goats, in which he says, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” This passage shows that serving others is an important way that we can serve the kingdom of God.
The Significance of the Kingdom of God
The kingdom of God is significant in many ways. It is a reminder of the sovereignty and power of God, and it is a reminder of his love and grace. It is also a reminder of our own need for a savior and the hope that we have in Christ.
In Colossians 1:13-14, Paul writes, “For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” This passage shows that through Jesus, we have been brought into the kingdom of God and have been forgiven of our sins. This is a powerful reminder of the love and grace of God.
How Do We Experience the Kingdom of God?
Jesus speaking in John 14:6 gave us an idea and showed us the way to this question. Again, in John 3:3-8, 1 Corinthians 15:50 and several other scriptures. The most important way to become a part of God’s Kingdom is through a personal relationship with Jesus. When we accept him as our Lord and Savior and surrender our lives to him, we enter into the Kingdom of God and become part of his family. This is a profound and transformative experience that has the power to change us from the inside out.
Another way we experience the Kingdom of God is through the way we live our lives. When we follow the teachings of Jesus and seek to love and serve others, we are participating in the Kingdom of God and helping to bring it to fruition in the world around us. This includes things like helping the poor and marginalized, working for justice and righteousness, and spreading the message of the gospel.
The Kingdom of God is not just something we experience in this life, but also something we look forward to in the life to come. It is a place where we will be fully reconciled to God and experience his presence and love in a way we can’t even begin to imagine.
Finally, the Kingdom of God gives us hope and confidence in the future. No matter what challenges we may face in this life, we have confidence that we are part of His kingdom by accepting Jesus as lord and savior and that one day we will fully enter into the Kingdom of God and experience it fully and completely.