The Kingdom of God

 

 

Luke 12. 32

 

Matthew 12. 28

 

Psalms 45. 7

 

Micah 6. 4-5

 

 

Concerning the Kingdom of God Luke 12.32 says, “Do not be afraid little flock, for your Father has gladly given you the kingdom.”   As we understand the words that both Jesus and John preached, that the Kingdom of God was near, we have to wonder what it means.

 

Matthew 12.28 Jesus is speaking to the Pharisees telling them, “If I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, then the Kingdom of God has come upon you.”  A glimpse then into the meaning is revealed, that it is a Spiritual Kingdom, being brought to us through the works of Jesus.

 

In the Old Testament the prophet Micah 6.4-5 “ Indeed I brought you up from the land of Egypt and ransomed you from the house of slavery, and I sent before you Moses, (the Law giver,) Aaron, ( the Priesthood,) and Miriam, ( the prophets.)   My people remember now what  Balak king of Moab counseled, ( he tried to buy God’s blessing.)  And what Balaam son of Beor answered him, ( I can speak nothing but what God says.)  And from Shittim to Gilgal, ( the protection of God to Israel,) so that you might know the righteous acts of the LORD.”   According to this scripture we can understand righteousness as being the “saving acts of God” throughout history.

 

2 Corinthians 5.21  “ God made Him (Jesus) who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”   We as believers then are the recipients of the “saving acts of God,” that is His righteousness.

 

The Kingdom of God is revealed on this earth as God’s working in the lives of men through His Holy Spirit, to redeem them from the curse of the law, so that we might have His salvation and be a part of His great, eternal kingdom.  The Kingdom of God is spiritual, and it is initiated by God and offered to all mankind.  It is up to each one to believe and participate in His Kingdom which will then go beyond this life into eternity with our Savior who redeemed us with His blood.

 

 

Karl