Kingdom of God

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. [7] Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this. Isaiah 9:6–7

Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end. The Kingdom that cannot be shaken is in our midst. But it does not exist in this world in ways that we can observe. We cannot see this Kingdom with our physical eyes.

[20] Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, “The kingdom of God is not coming in ways that can be observed, [21] nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.” Luke 17:20–21

Jesus ushered in this Kingdom. He laid the foundation. Jesus is the cornerstone of this new Heaven and this new Earth:

[19] So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, [20] built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, [21] in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. [22] In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit. Ephesians 2:19–22

As the Israelites were exiled in Babylon. We are exiles on this earth.

[13] These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. [14] For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. [15] If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. [16] But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city. Hebrews 11:13–16

We are looking to this new heaven and earth. We are looking forward to the city that has been prepared for us.

For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. [2] For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, [3] if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked. [4] For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened—not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. [5] He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. 2 Corinthians 5:1–5

This earth IS passing away

I feel like one of the greatest tools of the enemy is to distract us with the world. If he can fix our eyes on circumstances or on material things. He can bind us. We must lift our eyes and remember that this world as we see it is just DUST and it will pass away. The material things we pursue and put so much emphasis on have no eternal significance.

Instead remember:

the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed. 2 Peter 3:10

The sole purpose we have as followers of Christ is be conformed to His image and to spread the fragrance of him throughout the earth. Gods purpose from the beginning was that the KNOWLEDGE of his glory would fill the earth, like the waters cover the sea. We advance the Kingdom by exalting the name of Christ everywhere we go. We are his hands and feet in this dying world. His Sprit lives on in us. He accomplishes his purposes through us. We are just empty vessels.

But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you. 2 Corinthians 4:7–12

As we go out into the world, we carry the Kingdom within us. We carry the Peace of Christ. What Christ has called, will come to life as we plant seeds. God gives the growth. Those who reject the Kingdom Jesus said we are to:

But whenever you enter a town and they do not receive you, go into its streets and say, [11] ‘Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near.’ [12] I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town. Luke 10:10-12

The Kingdom of God has come near

Let us not be distracted by the things this world calls important. Let us remember that this world is not our home. We cannot seek the comforts of this world and settle down. It is through MANY tribulations that we must enter the Kingdom of God. This faith is a journey, it is not a destination. We must follow Jesus as exiles in this hostile territory.

Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. 2 Timothy 3:12

Jesus warned:

“Woe to you, when all people speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets. Luke 6:26

Something is wrong when the entire world rejoices with us!

But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. [15] For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, [16] to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things? [17] For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ. 2 Corinthians 2:14–17

 

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  1. It is crazy to begin to realize and actually see that this world is dying. To actually begin to understand what that means. And to realize we are exiles, only journeying through this land. In but not of. I have heard that phrase a lot, but actually starting to understand. That reminds me of this passage

    3 Do not let your adorning be external-the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear-
    4 but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. – 1 Peter 3:3-4

    Stop looking to the world to figure out how to look and act and be and live. And look above, to our homeland, and the one who went before us

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