The KINGDOM Of GOD
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” MATTHEW 6:33
If God has a kingdom, that means He is king. And a king rules over his people, and those people conduct themselves in the way that the king demands. So the kingdom would reflect the king, his desires and his character.
When you look around in our world, does it look like this world represents God`s desires and character? Or does it looks like represents Satan`s character? Food for thought as we go along in this reading, but…
What is the KINGDOM Of GOD?
We know it`s something very important since Jesus said we should seek it first. He also said that when the “Gospel of the KINGDOM” shall be preached in the whole world, the END shall come. MATTHEW 24:14
In the famous “Lord`s Prayer” He prayed, “Thy KINGDOM come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven”. Matthew 6:10 So (1) the KINGDOM is very important, (2)it represents God`s will that is done in the inhabitants of heaven, and (3) it`s coming from heaven to earth as we are about to see.
Even more intriguing He said to His disciples that some of those present there will not die until they will see the KINGDOM coming. Matthew 16:28
When the Pharisees asked when the KINGDOM will come, Jesus said that “The kingdom of God cometh not with observation”. Luke 17:20
And in the next verse He said “for, behold, the KINGDOM of God is within you.”
Here we learn that the KINGDOM is not something visible for the human eye, it`s actualy something of the spiritual nature, that “dwells” inside.
This is a very uncomfortable idea for many people who claim that the KINGDOM of GOD is only Heaven, and it will come at the Second Advent. But as we can see this is not the case. In fact we see this idea in the Bible long before Christ came as a human.
In the book of Daniel, Chapter 2, in the dream of Nebuchadnezzar, a STONE was cut without hands and destroyed the statue which represents the four greatest superpowers of the ancient world, the “kingdom of this world”, and Daniel, the man of God, explainING the dream, said the following about that STONE that destroyed the statue:
“In the days of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a KINGDOM that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will shatter all these kingdoms and bring them to an end, but will itself stand forever. And just as you saw a STONE being cut out of the mountain without human hands, and it shattered the iron, bronze, clay, silver, and gold, so the great God has told the king what will happen in the future.” Daniel 2:44,45
In the days of the fourth kingdom, [the Roman empire], the Stone (Jesus) was sent to destroy the kingdom[s] of this world. And from His days, the KINGDOM of GOD came. In fact some disciples witnessed that on the – Mount of transfiguration. –
But what is the KINGDOM of GOD in the first place?
Where does GOD want to rule as a king? Over the mountains? Or the sea? Or the animals?
Isn`t He the Creator of all this? Even over man He has power, and nothing could stand before Him? So where exactly and in which way does He want to rule?
The Bible say GOD is love, and love is a ruling principle, like a law, or like gravity. Any object without a sustaining point will naturally fall, and keep going down until it will meet a static point to sustain it. In the same way, any action from GOD is love. And love give herself, because this is what love does.
In the creation of the World, God created everything, and He alone was King over creation. But because He is love, naturally He gave the dominion to Adam to rule the Creation in His behalf.
When He created men, the only place where God wanted to have the Throne, was in man`s heart, this is the only reward that love seek: Love in return.
As long as men wanted that -Love- to be the ruling “fire” of his temple [of the holy spirit], everything around him would be “heaven”, but the moment they chose a different “fire”, everything was ruined. (see Genesis 3)
When men chose SELFISHNESS, the opposite of LOVE, he lost that connection with God, and in fact he became the enemy of LOVE. Adam brought enmity between humans an God.(Romans 5:12-21)
We call that SIN. (because selfishness is the betrayal of love, and therefore the enemy of love)
But even in this case, LOVE couldn`t do contrary to [HIS] nature. So He offered His only begotten Son, so men might live.(John 3:16)
The Bible say that the One who God gave is called “the Word of God”, and in the same book it says, that in Him was Life, and this Life was the Light of men.(JOHN 1:4)
Jesus the Word of God, came to bring us Life, and not physical life, because we receive that anyway from our mothers when we are born, but He came to bring us the Spiritual Life, that source that sustains all of physical life.
In the book of John, Chapter 14 verse 19 Jesus said: “A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also.”
Jesus said that because He WAS [past tense] living at that time, they WILL also live in the future. But Jesus didn`t talk to corps without physical life, he was talking with animated, living, breathing, moving people. What did He mean by the fact that they will “live” also?
In the garden of Eden, God said: “but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” Genesis 2:17
Did God forgot about that? Or did He speak fiction? Didn`t He mean what He said? The only reasonable explanation is that God was speaking about a different “kind” of life, because Adam didn`t die on the spot, or in that day.
Ten verses before Genesis 2:17, we`ve got the process of how God created the first man.
“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” The dust/body + The breath of Life = a living soul.
The Bible say that the body without the spirit is dead. James 2:26
So because God is spirit, (John 4:24) this is what He breathed in man`s nostrils in the beginning: Spirit/Life.
Men was made righteous in the beginning(Ecclesiastes 7:29), but he changed into Satan`s image [the father of sin and death] when he trusted the Snake. The reason why Adam and Eve became naked after they sinned, is because they lost the “robe of righteousness”. This is not just a metaphor, this is something visible that they had, and is represented in the type of the Sanctuary by “God dwelling with men”.
When God said “Let them build me a Sanctuary that I might dwell amongst them” Exodus 25:8 that shows that God was not “dwelling” among them in the first place to begin with. The only place where God was dwelling “with men”, was in the garden.
When came to be with His people in the wilderness, the way the people knew He is with them, it was when they`ve seen the “Glory” coming down over and inside the TentTabernacle.
In the garden the way God dwell with man was actually in his heart, the place where God wants to reign in the “temple of the holy spirit”. Here is “The KINGDOM of GOD”.
God “rested of His works in the seventh day” in the same way His “Glory” rested in the Sanctuary, and now the –one– who continued the works of God [that are RIGHTEOUSNESS], is Adam, because as long as God was “dwelling” in him, his works would be righteous acts. That`s why the Sabbath its a sign of sanctification, because it points to the One True GOD who can sanctify you, by “dwelling” in you, in your heart, by His spirit.
That`s why Jesus said the KINGDOM is within you”. Seek ye first The LOVE[GOD], and everything else shall be give to you, because in God -IS- everything.
But this thing called “SIN”[selfishness] keeps us away from the KINGDOM, because SIN removed RIGHTEOUSNESS, which as we`ve seen, its an attribute of GOD. Its that kind of love that gives herself, but from Adam we are born with a different “love”, the love of SELF. (we desire self preservation, and self pleasure, by natural birth)
Adam lost that first kind of LOVE that he receive by “birth” when was made in the image of God, and he actually changed into the image of the “Beast” when he believed the Snake. [unrighteousness by faith] So man exiled God out from his temple, and accepted a “strange fire” on the altar of his life.
And now when Adam had sons, he couldn`t give to them something that he didn`t possess anymore.
We see this in the story of Cain and Abel. It`s not like they couldn`t do what they we`re told[the letter of the law], but there was a desire contrary to what God wanted from them,
– obedience by love –[the spirit of the law] .
But that`s why God gave us His Son, who was made in the express image of His Person, so now, if we believe the Words of His Son,(1John 5:13 & John 14:21-24) He will impart to us what He gave to Adam in the first place, that spiritual component that sustains the physical life(Genesis 2:7 & John 20:22), and puts on the altar of our hearts that “holy fire” that overflow in love(Acts 2:1-4), like rivers of living water.(John 7:38)
So now by faith, by the second birth, we have another Father, Jesus Christ, the second Adam, Who paid the price for the first Adam, which is death, the second death.(Romans 6:23)
That`s why the Bible say that God gave us the “spirit of His Son in our hearts, crying Abba Father”(Galatians 4:6&Romans 8:15), so now our hearts/conscience are purged from “SIN”(Hebrews 10:2) (selfishness), and a new heart of “flesh” is given unto us instead of the “stony heart” that we are born with, and the KINGDOM of GOD can come back to man. (Ezekiel 11:19&36:26, Jeremiah 31:33,34& Hebrews 8:10:13)
This is the Gospel of the Kingdom that must go unto the ends of the earth to be a witness for all nations and then the end shall come.(Matthew 24:14) This is more than just explaining what the KINGDOM is but more than that, to show, to reveal in the life of the proclaimers , the “the living stones” (1 Peter 2:5) that GOD raised to be the seed of Abraham.(Matthew 3:9 & Luke 19:40)
When the Son of God will come back again, He will come to take HOME what is His, by birth right.
“In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.”(John 14:2)
After that the earth will be at rest [from SIN] for a 1000 years. After that the KINGDOM of GOD shall reign on this earth forever. The STONE that GOD sent from His MOUNTAIN[HEAVEN, where GOD`s residence is] will destroy the kingdom of this world from the base, which is SELFISHNESS, a core driving principle of the human hearth received from the first Adam through the natural birth. And by faith we receive Righteousness, which is a person, “and this is his name whereby he shall be called, The Lord Our Righteousness.” (Jeremiah 23:6)
He is the SEED of the WOMAN (Genesis 3:16) who will crush the head of the snake, and will destroy his kingdom, not by violence but by Love. He, Jesus, came and lived as a man, with our weaknesses, but never gave into the natural temptations of the Snake. He died in our stead, and was resurrected by the Father, and He was made a “life giving spirit”(1Corinthians 15:45) and now, like our First Parents in the garden, we face the same choice, from which tree we will eat.
Will we choose the Tree of Life, or the Tree of “Death’? Will we choose Christ or will we choose Satan?
“See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil;
I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
That thou mayest love the Lord thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.”
Deuteronomy 30:15, 19&20