A kingdom not of this world

John 18:36: Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.”

We have obtained a kingdom that cannot be shaken (Hebrews 12:28), but the kingdom of this world is passing away. Nevertheless, we need to understand the working of that kingdom so that we can fully benefit from it. In this kingdom that is not of this world, everyone is a child of the King and have the opportunity to be close to him. In this kingdom, we have the

Holy Spirit in us is constantly maintaining the reality of that kingdom within us (Romans 14:17).

In the kingdom of the world, obedience is everything; the people must obey the ruler, but in the kingdom of God, to fellowship with the King by the Holy Spirit is mandated (2Corinthians 13:14). In the kingdom of the world, the rulers are aloof, and especially the kind of kingdom under which Jesus was judged. However, in the kingdom of God, everyone that is a child of the king has the right to be on “first name basis” with God. What I mean is that we all have the same right to the presence of the king – the name of Jesus. You can call the King by his name, and without ceremony draw near to him. Actually, you are always near him since he is in a spiritual location not a physical one.

This is the only kingdom where the king dies for the kingdom to show his loyalty to them. In the worldly kingdom, the kings are not expected to die for the subjects, instead, the subjects go to war in loyalty to the king and die expressing that loyalty. In the Kingdom of God, the king died and gains our loyalty, inspiring an equal devotion to him in the believers, the subjects (Galatians 2:20, 2Corinthians 5:15).

Here in the world’s kingdom, you are great if you are served, but in the kingdom of the more you serve the greater you are (Luke 22:24-27). In the worldly kingdom, whether mediaeval or modern, through politics, you look out for ways to get the better of others and serve your own interest and ambition. Politics means striving for position and seeking out ways to push yourself forward in an acceptability contest.

But in the kingdom, you are supposed to esteem others better than yourself (Philippians 2:3-4). Such frame of mind is alien to the worldly culture. However, it is the only culture in the heavenly kingdom, where strife is not acceptable and selfish ambition actually disqualifies you from being positioned in the kingdom (James 3:14-17).

Path to progress in the kingdom of God is how well you help others to progress. Love is the defining word in relationships and therefore everyone is to look out for other (Romans 12:9).

How much do you see yourself as part of the kingdom Jesus was talking about? And what is your input to it? If it is great, you will among those who will love His appearing (2Timothy 4:1, 6-8), who have their treasure in heaven and not on earth (Matthew 6:19-21), they have been setting their minds on things on heaven and not on earth (Colossians 3:1-2).

In the kingdom Jesus was talking about, spiritual power is emphasised rather than physical might. The kingdom of God reigns where it matters: over principalities and power (Ephesians 1:19-23).

This kingdom cannot be shaken. And we can only access that kingdom by faith, because it is not visible to the eyes. That is why many people falter at that point having lived all their lives on physical evidence, refusing to engage with anything that cannot be measured in the laboratory. They want the kingdom to make sense. But like to Pilate, the talk of another kingdom, unseen with angels to boot, is mere gibberish.

But it is really simple. Humanity once abused the God’s closeness to them in Eden with satanic deception coming through the physical gates: the senses (Genesis 3:1-8). The senses of man therefore became veiled to the realm of the spirit, because man was no longer alive to God.

So to reach God, man needed to look beyond the physical evidence but he had become a mere physical being, devoid of the life of God, without the equipment to look beyond his “nose”. This set up an impossible situation that was only bridged by the cross of Jesus.

The kingdom of this world in time past, before the sin of Adam, was the kingdom of God, but sin made the devil the god of this world. Therefore using the access point of Jesus, people are introduced to a spiritual kingdom. After that avenue has been well exploited, Jesus will come back a second time and the kingdoms of this world would become the kingdom of Christ (Revelation 11:15), a physical cum spiritual kingdom.

Now, the kingdom of God is primarily spiritual. That was why Jesus warned that the kingdom of God does not come by observation nor bound to a physical location, the kingdom is where Jesus as Christ is and that is in you (Luke 17:20-21). Therefore, he wants to set up his throne in you in a spiritual kingdom (John 14:23).

And that is where it matters. Jesus said, it is not what goes into a person in food that defiles a man but what come out of a man (Matthew 15:16-20). Defilement, being unacceptable to God is spiritual (negative). Sanctification, being acceptable to God (positive) is also spiritual. Therefore the divine rule is from inside out.

It is therefore logical that mere physical evaluation cannot define what is spiritual. Jesus did not conform to the definition of spirituality in his time, which was largely measured in physical terms, how you observe the physical requirements of the law with the exaggerated and twisted additions of the Pharisees, with their overemphasis on physical conformity.

Paul once fell into that trap of misjudging Jesus and said later that he once viewed Him according to physical parameters (2Corinthians 5:16), but not anymore; he views Him now according to His spiritual credentials, because his spiritual senses are developed (Hebrews 5:14).

Man had a capacity to appraise the spiritual things but he lost it in Adam because of sin. Jesus now said, except a man be born again he cannot see or enter the kingdom of God (John 3:3, 5-7).

He also equated being born again to being born of the Spirit: the beginnings of the stirring up of the spiritual senses.

A church that is not helping the people to develop their spiritual senses will fast become merely a physical organisation, with no spiritual value to the people. They may be great in humanitarian efforts, full of practical discussions in their bible studies, and analysis of the political situation of the time.

However, they miss the whole point of the church, which is the laboratory for testing and developing the spiritual capacities of the people of God. Because the kingdom they signed up to, when they gave their life to Christ, was not of this world.

If you are not developing their capacities in that realm, you are not really helping them.

What are you giving the people, which is more than they can get from the government in welfare, get from the society in business opportunity, or more than they can get in a good management school? You should give them what is out of this world. They don’t want to be made comfortable, but be stretched beyond the confines of their senses. That is where the kingdom is.

WordFromGod: When you are careful about people’s opinion, you cannot be full of my power.

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2 thoughts on “A kingdom not of this world

  1. Amen! As Christians, we should start living out the Kingdom right here as we await His return. We, as Christians, are members of a greater family and we should treat each other accordingly! Amen, Brother!

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