Tue 3 Apr 2012
ABC’s of God’s Kingdom
In Mark 10:15, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”
We know that Bible scholars have yet to fully explore the extent of the riches of God’s Kingdom as revealed in His Word.
And yet, according to Jesus, a child can grasp its truth and reality. Here are some simple, foundational Kingdom truths we can meditate on:
A. The Kingdom Exists Because there is a King
‘O Lord Almighty, God of Israel, enthroned between the cherubim, you alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth.’ (Isaiah 37:16)
In the beginning…there is a King.
God created everything that exists, and He rules as King over everything that He created.
The Bible has a great deal to say about the throne and sovereignty of God. We are exhorted to keep our focus on Jesus, seated at the right hand of God on the throne. (Col 3:1-2)
The throne of God is the source and focus of events in the book of Revelation.
B. God Assigned Rulership of the Earth to Humanity
‘The highest heavens belong to the LORD, but the earth he has given to mankind.’ (Ps 115:16)
In Genesis, we read that God gave Adam and Eve dominion over the earth. (Gen 1:28)
Effectively, He said, “You are King and Queen of this planet. I fully assign it to you”
C. Satan used Deception to Acquire Dominion over the Earth.
Adam and Eve gave leadership of the earth away when they disobeyed God. Instead, they submitted to the wiles of the serpent. (Gen 3)
Paul describes a hierarchy of demonic rulership in Ephesians: ‘the rulers… authorities… powers of this dark world and… the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms’ (Eph 6:12)
In the temptation of Christ, the devil offered the kingdoms of the earth back to Jesus in exchange for worship. (Luke 4:5-6)
D. Jesus paid the Price to Restore our Relationship with God, and to Regain Authority over the Earth
God had a plan to restore the earth’s dominion to its rightful order—and He executed that plan in sending His Son Jesus Christ to take the penalty for the sin of humanity.
After He rose from the dead, Jesus said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” (Matt 28:18) 
Jesus is now described as ‘King of Kings and Lord of Lords.’ (Rev 19:6)
E. Jesus Shares His Kingdom Authority with us
In the Gospels, Jesus assigned authority to His disciples to do His work of ministry. (Luke 9:1)
But God had a master plan, made possible through Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection.
We can become part of God’s Kingdom by simply believing in and receiving Jesus.
Now, we are not merely assigned authority as agents or representatives. We are members of God’s royal family. 
John 1:12-13 says,
‘Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.’
Our authority is not an independent authority—we do not ‘rule,’ or exercise authority, in our own name, but in Jesus’ Name. We are co-heirs with Him. (Rom 8:17, John 14:13)
F. Complete Restoration of God’s Kingdom is in the future.
God has appointed a future time when all of heaven and earth will again be completely subject to Him.
We look forward to this future age when evil, sickness and suffering no longer exist and to the ultimate Kingdom established on earth at His return. (Rev 21:1-5)
We know that Jesus has paid the price in full for this—so why the wait?
2 Peter 3:9 tells us, ‘The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.’
G. The Kingdom is a Present Reality for us Today
As Christians, we live in the world, but we are citizens of God’s Kingdom. (Phil 3:20) 
The Kingdom of God is present and active now for those of us who acknowledge and submit to His rule. (Matt 6:10)
We are called to live a Kingdom lifestyle.
Jesus demonstrated in the Gospels how we can:
- Live under Divine command—having an intimate relationship with the Father (John 5:19)
- Exercise our God-given authority and
- Present the reality of His Kingdom to the world.
The Kingdom is manifested by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit working in and through us. 
Announcing the Kingdom
In the Gospels, an event took place that caused Jesus to overflow with joy and praise in the Holy Spirit.
It occurred after Jesus appointed a large group of 70 disciples to go ahead of Him to places He was about to visit.
Their mandate was to heal the sick and to announce that the Kingdom was close at hand.
The disciples returned with joy, having seen first hand that they had spiritual authority over demons in Jesus’ Name.
Jesus reminded them that He had given them authority and urged them to rejoice in their personal salvation —not in the fact that spirits were subject to them. Then we read:
‘At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.”’ Luke 10:21
Let us be a people who bring that kind of joy to the heart of God—children who comprehend and share His Kingdom and the King’s salvation.
Don’t just Anticipate the Kingdom; Live it!
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 Daniel foretold the Sovereignty of Christ in Daniel 7:13-14 and dominion handed over to God’s people in Daniel 7:27.
 David McCracken has recently been preaching prophetically on the topic, ‘We Are Kings.’ His message is available for a short time on the DMM podcast.
See, Breakthrough Night Pt 1 – We Are Kings on the podcast page here:http://dmm.podcast1.s3.amazonaws.com/david-mccracken-ministries—audio-podcast.xml
 According to Vines, the Greek word translated ‘Kingdom’ in the New Testament, ‘basilea,’ is a noun ‘denoting “sovereignty, royal power, dominion,” or as David McCracken puts it: ‘royal authority to rule over.’ The ‘Kingdom of God’ effectively means, ‘the sphere of God’s rule.’ The Kingdom of God is not limited to a time or place and is eternal.
 My thanks go to Dr David Strickland who contributed some priceless thoughts included in this article.
© Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching
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