The Jews of Jesus Christ’s day expected a Messiah to come and to set up an earthly Kingdom in Israel. They were looking for a military leader, who would conquer the Romans, and rule over physical Israel. Even the disciples of Jesus Christ expected such. (Acts 1:6) Jesus came to establish and receive a Kingdom (Matthew 4:17, Mark 1:15, Luke 19:12), but it was not an earthly kingdom.
How does the Kingdom of God differ from an earthly kingdom?
- It would not be planted on a parcel of land, but it would be established in the hearts of men (Luke 17:21)
- It would not have a physical army, who battles against other men, but it would have a spiritual army that would battle in spiritual wars (against spiritual darkness). (Ephesians 6:12)
- It would not shed the blood of its enemies, but its King would shed his own blood and even die to save His enemies. (Luke 23:34, 2 Corinthians 5:14-15, John 3:15)
- It would be a Kingdom that did not close its borders to those who were seeking to enter, but one who compelled all to come and to drink of its water, and to eat of its food, and to be clothed by its favor. Oh what a Kingdom! (John 7:37, Luke 12:22-32)
- The King is Lord (Owner of all land, fixtures and citizens) and freely shares His Kingdom with His citizens. (Psalms 23:1, 24:1 Luke 12:32)
- The King considers His citizens to be His children. (Romans 8:16-17)
- Instead of trying to bring healing to a sick body using medicine, Kingdom citizens remove sickness from healed bodies by faith. (1 Peter 2:24, Exodus 23:25, Deuteronomy 7:15)
There are many other components included in the Kingdom of God. For the sake of not consuming your reading time, enjoy watching and listening to recorded messages about the Kingdom of God. We pray that you will be blessed… in the Kingdom of God!