Focus Point: So, what is a kingdom? Simply put, a kingdom is the government of a king. A kingdom is the sovereign rulership and governing influence of a king over his territory. That is what the Lord Jesus is. He is impacting it with His will, His intent, and His purpose, while manifesting His culture and society through us by the Holy Spirit—our Governor—in us. His citizens reflect the King’s nature, values and morals. Do you recall the question Pilate asked the Lord Jesus and the answer King Jesus gave? Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?”
Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”John 18:37
Focus Point: A Kingdom is the governing impact of a king’s will over his territory or domain. It is the king’s influence and leadership over a people and a government. In essence, the very heart of any kingdom is its king. If this holds true, then the characteristics of every citizen should show signs of the king in their lifestyle. Their behavior, mannerisms, beliefs and speech will reflect their king.
Please note that heaven exists because of the creative activity of the Lord God. He spoke and it was created. It is infused with His presence, character and authority. The Lord God made it very plain in His Constitution. The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. Psalm 19:1 For every house is built by someone, but He who built all things is God. Hebrews 3:4 There is no corner of heaven where His Will is not accomplished. He is Lord and King of all. In every way, the Lord God is the unrivaled Kingdom of Heaven. Satan, that dragon, had to be put in his place. And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the Kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.” Revelation 12:7-12 Yes, this is why Satan is here on earth. He was kicked out of heaven along with other angels who agreed with him. He was so full of pride and selfish ambition he tried to “overthrow” the King in His Kingdom and convinced other angels to join him! How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart: “I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.” Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, to the lowest depths of the Pit. Isaiah 14:12-15
Please note: In the natural realm the Lord God extended His Kingdom authority to the earth through the man called Adam and the woman called Eve. They were created in His image and released to rule the earth in His name, with His authority. But they rebelled against the Lord God’s authority, were disobedient to His command, and lost their rulership authority on the earth; leaving the earth under the temporary control of the evil one—Satan and his fallen angels, until the day He will restore His Kingdom to its rightful ruler. Remember this one thing; in the fullness of time the Lord Jesus came to the earth and reestablished His Kingdom.
Focus Point: Only a King can establish a Kingdom. This act alone reveals that the Lord Jesus is the King. The constitution of the Kingdom of Heaven leaves no doubt as to the authenticity of His Kingship: Then Pilate entered the Praetorium again, called Jesus, and said to Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?”
Jesus answered him, “Are you speaking for yourself about this, or did others tell you this concerning Me?”
Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered You to me. What have You done?”
Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.”
Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?”
Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” John 18:33-37
The Lord Jesus made is clear that His Kingdom was not of this world. Those who are born again by His Spirit are no longer of the world as well. Their citizenship is in Heaven. They take the Kingdom of God wherever they go. But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for Him to return as our Savior. Philippians 3:20 NLT I have given them Your Word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. John 17:14-17
Remember, your faith in the Lord Jesus and His Word is your greatest asset in the Kingdom.
All scriptures are New King James except where noted.
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