Understanding The Kingdom Of God

He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,  in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.  Colossians 1:13-14

In God’s Kingdom, there is no sickness, there is no sadness, there is no struggle, there are no poor, there is no hunger, and there is no death.  In God’s Kingdom, there is peace, fulfillment, joy, happiness, and love.

All we have to do is look at the world around to wonder, “Where is the Kingdom of God?

If we have been “transferred” into the kingdom of the Son, as we read in the verse above, then why do we still have sickness, sadness, the poor and death in our world?

The Kingdom NOW

Jesus told people that he brought the Kingdom. (Luke 17:20-21) In other words, Jesus was the fulfillment of the coming of the Kingdom, but without the conclusion of the coming. The Kingdom had come because the King (Jesus) had come.

Even though Jesus left, he did send the Holy Spirit to empower members of his Kingdom to continue to take the kingdom to the world around them.  Jesus told His Disciples to go and take the Kingdom to the towns around them:

Whenever you enter a town and they receive you, eat what is set before you. Heal the sick in it and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’” (Luke 10:8–9, ESV)

How do we see God’s Kingdom Now?

You may ask, “What does this matter for me, in my life?” It matters because we can see the Kingdom “happening” around us and be a part it even in the middle of our lives now.

When we sit by the bed of someone who may be dying, if they trust and follow Jesus then they are a part of God’s Kingdom.  They may see the fulfillment of no sickness here or in Heaven.

When we lose that loved one, we then know the promise of the Kingdom will be fulfilled one day when we see them again.  Our sadness is lessened now, and our sadness will be “erased” when we see them again because we receive peace from being a part of God’s Kingdom.

When the people of the Kingdom of God are a part of taking the kingdom to the world (Matthew 28:19-20),  we are exercising our citizenship in the Kingdom of God. When we feed the hungry, we help the sick, and most importantly lead others to the Kingdom/Jesus we are “bringing the Kingdom.”

Taking the Kingdom to the world around us brings peace, joy, fulfillment, and love.  We feed those that are hungry, we comfort those who are sick, and we show people the entrance to the Kingdom, who is Jesus.

We will not experience the Kingdom of God living and acting like we are only citizens of the kingdom of this world!  It is only through living as citizens of God’s Kingdom that we will experience God’s Kingdom now!

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