Is the Kingdom of Christ Within You?
Jesus is heading towards Jerusalem for His confrontation with death by crucifixion. There He will ride into the city on a colt, the foal of a donkey, to be met by the crowds of people clamoring to make Him their King and political Saviour from the oppression of the Roman Empire. They will throw down the palm fronds and their coats on the road before Him as they attempt to make this His triumphal entry into the city for His coronation. Forget about all the prophecies from the Old Testament of the suffering and death of the Messiah, prophecies such as Isaiah 53 and Psalm 22. They’re not in the mood to think such negative thoughts about their Messiah.
And now His enemies, the Pharisees, come to Him again scornfully with their questions. They are thinking, “If Jesus is king, He is surely not acting like a king. So they ask Him this question recorded in Luke 17:20-21 “Now having been questioned by the Pharisees as to when the Kingdom of God was coming, He answered them and said, The Kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed, nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is, there it is! For behold, the Kingdom of God is within your midst.”
The best form of government is a Kingdom led by a perfect, holy King who has absolute power and authority over His Kingdom.
Freedom loving Americans are rightfully suspicious of anyone holding too much power. That’s why our government’s power are diffused through three branches of government: the executive, the legislative and the judicial; all keeping each in check, with the governed who elect their leaders having the final say. No doubt, this is the best form of government for sinners, which we all are.
The thought of one person having absolute power is repugnant to us as Americans. We are a government “of the people, by the people and for the people.”
That’s why the typical person disdains and rebels against God who claims absolute sovereignty over his life. He proudly boasts, “No one tells ME what to do!”
GOD IS SOVEREIGN
God is perfect in knowledge and wisdom. He is absolutely sovereign in all He does. He is in total control. Nothing takes Him by surprise. Read the wonderful doxology to Him in Romans 11:33-36. This comes at the end of a complicated chapter that deals with God’s sovereignty in His plan for Israel and for us.
After Job went through his painful testings, he began to understand the truth of God’s sovereignty. Note his response to it all in Job 42:1-6.
Observe in the book of Daniel how God got hold of an arrogant Babylonian emperor, Nebuchadnezzar. First, he had a vision and Daniel explained the meaning of it to him in Daniel 2. Nebuchadnezzar was shown how he would have a place of prominence in world history.
The idea went to his head and he had an image made of the man of his vision of whom he was the head. He demanded that everyone bow down and worship his image. You probably remember the story of Daniel’s three Hebrew friends: Shadrack, Meschach, and Abednego. They refused to bow down to the image, so were thrown into a fiery furnace to burn to death. Instead of burning up, their ropes were burned and they stepped out of the furnace without even the smell of smoke on them. In fact, Christ was with them in the furnace, as He is with us in our times of testing.
Nebuchadnezzar was impressed, but not yet broken before God. So God let him become as a donkey and he lived in the fields, eating grass and behaving as a donkey. After a period of time, God brought him back to his senses and he was humbled before God. Read Daniel 4:32-37 to learn how God humbled him and brought him to the place where he worshipped the God of Israel. That was certainly an evidence of God’s sovereignty. I believe one day we will meet Nebuchadnezzar in Heaven.
I I Chronicles 29 King David gave a charge to his son Solomon who would follow him on the throne of Israel. David concluded the charge with a benediction in verses 10-13 of that chapter, extolling the sovereignty of God.
CHRIST IS SOVEREIGN OVER HIS MATERIAL AND SPIRITUAL KINGDOM
Everything in this universe is material, including people who are eternal, spiritual beings in material bodies. God is king over both His material and spiritual kingdoms. Psalms 10:16, 29:10, 103:19. 145:13 all speak of his sovereignty over His material Kingdom. Hebrews 1 also speaks of His sovereignty over the world.
Rom. 8:22-23 tells of how this world groans under the curse of sin. Even we Christians, living in material bodies, groan under the curse of sin as we wait for our bodies to be delivered one day. All fallen men and angels are under God’s Sovereignty; not Satan’s. God will ultimately have His way; not Satan.
A SECRET HIDDEN SPIRITUAL KINGDOM WITHIN THE PHYSICAL KINGDOM
This secret spiritual kingdom is one that no unconverted natural man can even perceive, I Corinthians 2:1-16 explains. That God rules this sin-cursed, material creation is evident by natural revelation, Romans 1:18-20 explains. It is ruled directly by His hand. Earthquakes, tornadoes, floods and other disasters, as well as beautiful sun rises and sun sets are all acts of God. See my post ACTS of GOD for more on this. This creation is held together and kept on course by the power of Christ. Colossians 1:13-17 discusses this. Although people in Bible times did not know about atoms and molecules, God did. He is the creator of atoms. This passage in Colossians 1 alludes to this when it explains that things seen are made of things that are unseen. The whole universe is held together by the power of God, Colossians 1:17 tells us.
Not only does God rule His natural, physical kingdom, but He also rules His Spiritual Kingdom in the hearts of Christians. He does that through His inspired Scriptures which teach us how we are to live and through the indwelling Holy Spirit in the heart of every Christian who empowers us to live a life that glorifies God. Romans 8:9 assures us that if we are Christians, we have the Holy Spirit. We do not need to seek for Him. The only question is are you and I surrendered to His control?
The only way one can enter Christ’s Spiritual Kingdom is to be born again through trusting Jesus as our Saviour. Jesus explained this to Nicodemus in John 3.
As Jesus spoke the material creation into existence by His Word, so He speaks His Spiritual Kingdom into existence in the life of a Christian by His Word, the Bible, as James 1:18 explains.
HAVE YOU ENTERED HIS SPIRITUAL KINGDOM?
All of us are citizens of His natural Kingdom by our birth into Adam’s sin-cursed race and if we reject Christ as our Saviour, we will never enter Christ’s Kingdom and we will eventually die and go to Hell.
I urge you to trust Christ as your personal Saviour from sin. God will cause you to be born again into Christ’s Heavenly Kingdom. You will be given the gift of eternal life from the moment you trust Christ and it will be yours throughout eternity. As a Christian, your first responsibility is to surrender to Christ as your Master and King. His Holy Spirit will fill you and begin controlling your attitudes and actions from this day forward. Read the following two passages on total surrender and settle this matter today. Romans 12:1-2 II Corinthians 5:14-20 You have only two choices: surrender to Christ or live in rebellion to Him. The first is your only right and reasonable choice.
Surrendered to Christ, you will begin to experience the truth of the Kingdom of Christ being in you. In John 15 Jesus explains it simpler. As grape branches live in union with a grape vine and produce grapes, so we Christians live in Christ and Christ lives in and through us producing His Fruit, described in Galatians 5:22-23. If you have received Christ as Saviour and have surrendered to Him as your Lord and King, I suggest that you go to the link SERVICE and learn more about serving your Master.
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