DIALOGUE AND DISCUSSION ON EDUCATION, ENVIRONMENT AND RACE
Understanding the “Kingdom of God”
In my effort to truly understand Christianity as written within the pages of the “Holy Bible”, I constantly encounter the word “Kingdom”. This word emerges hundreds of times within its context, yet many of us fail to understand its meaning or relevance. So I began to investigate. What I found is truly astonishing!
First, let us define the word Kingdom. Mr Webster defines kingdom as : (1)a politically organized community or major territorial unit having a monarchical form of government headed by a king or queen. (2) The realm in which God's will (desire) is fulfilled.
Now that we have a better understanding of the word, let's examine just a few scriptures from both the Old and New Testament. Many come to mind but at present “The Spirit” leads me to the following this day;
Isaiah 9: 6-7
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:
and the government (Kingdom) shall be upon his shoulder:
and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God,
The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government (Kingdom)and peace there shall be no end,
upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom,(Government)
to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice
from henceforth even for ever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this...
It is my belief that when God stepped out on the firmament and created the earth (the domain)within the universe. He intended for the earth to be a mirror of the “Kingdom of Heaven”. In His Kingdom He is the King, Jesus is Lord and man are the subjects (citizens). Man was supposed to rule (subdue) the “domain” of earth, under His rulership, through Jesus (Lord).
The relative scriptures, from the new testament should be very familiar, they are from what I call the pledge of allegiance to the “Kingdom of God” (God's government). The Lord's Prayer;
After this manner therefore pray ye:Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom(government) come. Thy will (desire)be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen
Summary of this prayer is as follows:
"Our Father, Who is in heaven, may Your name be sanctified. May Your Kingdom (government) come. May Your will (desire) be done on earth as it is in Heaven." Then He says, "Give us today, Father, what we need for today. Forgive us our wrongs as we forgive the wrongs of others." Then He says, "Don't lead us into temptation but deliver us from evil.
If you study the whole book of Matthew, you will see that Matthew is a book on the Kingdom. The Kingdom relates to a king, and the King is God, and Jesus Christ is Lord. And the Kingdom that He is reigning over, or should be reigning over is us, God's people.
"Thy Kingdom come." Now why would He say this? Well, today there are lots of kingdoms on the earth. You and I have our little realms and the devil has his realm. But God's Kingdom needs to come to this earth.
Lets look at one last scripture; from the book of Luke.
And he said unto them, I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities also:for therefore am I sent
If you will notice this is written in red (spoken by Jesus). Most of have come to understand that Jesus came to bring forth our salvation which I believe as well. However few people understand that he was also sent to bring forth the “Kingdom”, (this is why I was sent).
Once we are saved we become “Kingdom Citizens”, we are then supposed to infiltrate the systems of the world and help bring forth the “Kingdom” utilizing our God given gifts and talents to fulfill Gods desires (will) on earth.