First we must establish the basics.
What is the Kingdom of Christ?
Does it really matter what I think the Kingdom of Christ is?
Not really. No matter what our thoughts are regarding it, Christ’s Nation remains unchanged. We may prefer to think of it as democracy or an organization run by Santa Claus but that doesn’t change it one smidgen. No matter how many books are written by worldly (the enemy) theologians and no matter how many false prophets arise; Truth remains. We must seek truth and align ourselves to it rather than try to align truth to us.
The truth of the Kingdom is especially important because you are either in it or against it. Jesus said and meant it, “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” Mat 6:24
Both Jesus and John the Baptist spoke much of the approaching Kingdom. In fact, it was the most spoken of topic of Jesus. (The second most discussed topic is money but that will be for a future blog.) Repeatedly Jesus declared that the “Kingdom of heaven is at hand.” It was imminent; nearly upon their listeners. We know by some of the responses and behavior of the disciples and others that they were expecting a physical, earthly nation violently vanquishing their enemies. They were correct but their thinking was far too limited. While most Jews at the time of Christ were expecting a Savior to free their small nation from the tyranny of Rome, God was preparing a King that would free anyone who will across the entire globe from the tyranny of sin. While they were expecting to use swords and spears to conquer, God was establishing entirely new weapons and a new set of rules for engagement of the enemy that are far superior to any weapons of war that man can ever create. Perhaps our beliefs regarding the Nation of Christ are limited as well. Consider the following points:
- The Kingdom of God is a real physical nation.
- It is physical because you can see it and experience it.
- It has laws regarding physical life and conduct.
- It has an army of warriors.
- It has unimaginably powerful weapons.
- It has a righteous King.
- It has citizens who pledge total allegiance to the King.
- It has unlimited resources.
- It has a currency that can be seen and experienced.
- The Nation of Christ is in the world but not of this world.
- It is not a geographical location and knows no borders. (Future post on this regarding the present nation of Israel.)
- Citizens of Christ’s Nation are strangers and pilgrims in this world. They reject the carnal things as “earthly, sensual, devilish.” (James 3:15)
- Its weapons are not carnal. Any citizen who utilizes a carnal weapon even in self defense is in clear violation of the Laws of King Jesus.
- Its King is perfectly righteous unlike any earthly king or leader that ever existed or will exist.
- Its King’s power extends far beyond the boundaries of the earth and will never fail.
- Its enemies are spiritual powers not people.
- Its currency (treasure) is beyond any earthly value and is never affected by calamities, wars, or decay.
- It is eternal.
- The Gospel (Good News) is a political statement and not a personal “get out of hell free” card.
- The Sermon on the Mount is an exposition of the Kingdom’s laws and principles.
- King Jesus is the perfect example for His subjects to imitate. “I am the Way…” (John 14:6)
- He is the only Way so it behooves us to carefully study His life and Words and to live as He lived and taught. Living contrary to His Words and example indicates that we imposters. (Matthew 22:10-12)
- The Kingdom is inside its citizens but is visible as a distinct nation through the Church.
There are more points but I will keep blog posts from getting too long.
Jesus said that we are to seek His Kingdom first.
How much of your life revolved around King Jesus and His Kingdom this past week?