Living Today from a Kingdom ViewpointSep 28, 2021
Living Today From a Kingdom Viewpoint
Jesus wanted His followers to have a “kingdom perspective”—understanding that His reign in the Kingdom of Heaven is right NOW right HERE and available to all of God’s people. The gospel is not simply about us going to heaven “someday”. The gospel is about everything pertaining to heaven being available to us right now. We are empowered and equipped for living powerfully in His kingdom today.
The disciples were looking for Jesus to establish His kingdom on earth. Jesus didn’t come to create or set up the Kingdom of God—the Kingdom of God has always existed. Psalm 45:6 tells us, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom.”
The throne room of Heaven is the very place where the Most High God dwells. Jesus was bringing the rule of God, which was lost when mankind yielded to the devil in the Garden of Eden, back to earth. He was making the throne of God and all the kingdom’s treasures, resources and power accessible to those who walk in faith as citizens of the kingdom.
The good news of the Kingdom of Heaven has so much more to do with how we can walk daily in light of all we know of the Lord and His ways. In the Gospel accounts, we see Jesus living as the example of a perfect citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven. The authors of all the epistles have much to say about how we, too, are to live as citizens. Truly understanding our citizenship in Heaven brings the entire Word of God alive. Reading and studying the Word becomes a treasure hunt of joy as we gain clearer understanding of all that is ours as citizens and how to utilize what we have been given.
Jesus told His disciples, “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” However, He cautioned His disciples to not let the authority inflate their egos. He advised them, “Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven” (Luke 10:19-20). Jesus also stated, “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” (Matthew 16:19). As His followers, we are given great authority because of our position in Heaven— “For He raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:6).
It is important to note that biblically the term kingdom (basileia #932) does not emphasize a geographical location, but more so the power, dominion and rule of the king. This word denotes the right or authority to rule over a kingdom. When the Bible speaks of the Kingdom of God, it is not referring to a place as much as the authority of the Sovereign Creator to rule over it and its citizens.
The King of the Universe loves every person and invites them to repent and become citizens of His kingdom. Romans 14:17 states, “The kingdom of God is... righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.”
Many people do not realize that the majority of Jesus’ teachings were about the Kingdom of Heaven not about sin or salvation! Before Jesus even called His disciples, He began His ministry saying, “Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:17). “And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in the synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people” (Matthew 4:23). Jesus went so far as to teach 12 parables about the Kingdom of Heaven. (For example see Matthew 13:33,44,45,47)
However, teaching in parables instead of straight-forward instruction was unusual. “And the disciples came and asked Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. Therefore, I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand” (Matthew 13:11-13).
It’s interesting to note that Matthew used the expression "kingdom of heaven" almost exclusively, while the other gospel writers used the phrase "kingdom of God". It is speculated that this might be because Matthew wrote his gospel to the Jews—he chose to use the phrase "kingdom of heaven" because of the reluctance of Jewish people to use the name of God (out of reverence).
As Kingdom citizens, it is our duty to understand the Kingdom so that we can live productive lives and benefit the Kingdom… in order to accomplish that, we must know the King and His ways. God has opened the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven to you! It is up to you to access the treasure in the storehouses!
Seek out and study God’s rules for His citizens which are found only in His Word. Know His ways for His citizens to prosper in every aspect of their lives. The idea is to see God’s realities powerfully manifest here on Earth every day for His glory.
If you would like more information about living with authority, power and joy as a Kingdom citizen or would like to know more about how to discover and pursue your unique Kingdom purpose, schedule a Kingdom Living Strategy call with me by emailing: [email protected] or clicking the link below.
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