What does Jesus mean when He said “My Kingdom is not of this world”? Or “If I cast a demon out of you by the Spirit of God, then the Kingdom of God has come upon you”? These are all questions we will dig into with this post titled What No One Tells You About The Kingdom.
The Kingdom is at Hand.
“The Kingdom is at hand”, were some of Jesus’s first words recorded in red. That should tell us that there is a real importance to the kingdom being “at hand”. What does that even mean? Well, It means simply, the Kingdom is within reach or within grasp. This is so important to understand because we often wait for God to show up when He is already here. For His Kingdom to be at hand, it means that He is at hand. A Kingdom is never without a King, so wherever His Kingdom is, there He is also. It reminds me that “He will never leave me or forsake me”, but also that it is always time for breakthrough because the King is breaking through!
The Kingdom is NOT a Democracy.
Ouch! In America we love democracy. As Christians we have to understand that the Kingdom is not a democracy. In a democracy, the majority rules, the masses get to pick their leader and everyone has a fair and equal say in how things operate. In the Kingdom it is quite opposite. The majority doesn’t rule, the King rules, no one gets a say in how things operate because the King has perfected it since before the foundations of the world. Please note there is a distinct difference between the natural and the spiritual. In a democracy the 12 disciples would have chose the 1 messiah, in the Kingdom, the 1 Messiah chooses the 12 disciples.
The Kingdom is costly.
45“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; 46on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it. Matthew 13:45-46
The Kingdom of Heaven is like the merchant, but it is also like the pearl. The reason the merchant sold all he had was to possess this one pearl of great price. The Kingdom is like that pearl in the sense that you must lose your life to gain it. You give up everything for Him and He returns to you something of extreme value – Himself. He literally is the Pearl and worth giving all, selling all, forsaking all to posess all of who HE is. The kingdom is free to enter, but it will cost you everything to carry.
the Kingdom has a King.
There is someone in charge who is not you. In the narcissistic society we live in, it is easy to slip into the thought habits that the world revolves around us. Well, it doesn’t. We are one of His children sent here to do our part in shaping history, but we are just one. In submitting to the King you actually advance His kingdom. We are not victorious in-spite of surrender, we as believers are victorious because of surrender. The fully yielded believer is channeled for His purpose and while fulfilling His purpose, we find ours!
The Kingdom is ever-expanding.
There is a distinct difference between “The Gospel of Salvation” and “The Gospel of the Kingdom”. While some may say,”aren’t they the same thing?”. I would have to disagree. The best way I have heard it explained is the Gospel of Salvation is saying yes to God 1 time. The Gospel of the Kingdom is a lifestyle of saying yes to God. You say “yes” to Him everyday that you wake up and by doing that, you actually expand His Kingdom or the rulership of His domain. So with every yes to Him, expansion happens because we just yielded another area of our lives over to Him!
This isn’t all encompassing and is designed to make you think! What are some lies you are believing about the Kingdom? How does God expand His Kingdom through your life? What do you want to see God do in the next 6 months?