Some of the concepts of the Kingdom of God that we need to understand are that the Kingdom of God is established wherever demonic spirits are cast out. The Kingdom of God is established by the eviction of the squatters and illegal occupants, which are demonic spirits.
“But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.” (Matthew 12:28).
Jesus said, after casting out demons, the Kingdom is here, and the evidence is in the exorcisms. This proof continues in the Church today, and the Church is doing even greater works in destroying the works of the enemy. We can also say, “If we cast out demons by the Spirit of God, then the Kingdom of God is working here now.” The Kingdom of God will be fully established on earth when the devil and his demonic agents are cast down.
We have already been brought into God’s kingdom. We are in the Kingdom, but clearly there is yet more to be revealed. Paul also reveals to us that the Kingdom of God is something that we have entered into as a result of our being regenerated by the Holy Spirit.
“Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:” (Colossians 1:13).
The word “translated” in Greek is “methistemi” which literally means to change sides or to transfer.
“Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:” (Matthew 25:34).
The Kingdom of God is bigger than the Church. We need to realize that Jesus did not come to establish a worldly church, but the Kingdom of God. If we are to move in the dimension that God wants us to move in, we must have eternal or universal vision, thereby allowing us to see into destiny first to those we minister to, then to ourselves for a continual refreshing. It is imperative therefore to have a Kingdom focus and mentality, and move beyond church perspective and standpoint, because the Kingdom of God is bigger than the world church. The Church is only a means to an end!
The Kingdom has always been in preparation since the foundation of the world.
“Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:” (Hebrews 12:26-28).
Everything will be shaken and removed except the Kingdom of God. That which is not planted and established by God, which is not of His Kingdom is temporal. The earthly that has been made by men will be shaken and removed including religion and traditions, but the Kingdom of God is an everlasting Kingdom that will not be removed.
“And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” (Revelation 12:10-11).
The Kingdom of God is a government, and it is not primarily about earthly government. It is about a spiritual government that influences the earth realm. The Kingdom of God is here; but instead of destroying human sovereignty, it has attacked the sovereignty of Satan. The Kingdom of God is here; but instead of making changes in the external and political order of things, it is making changes in spiritual order and in the hearts of men and women.
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government 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 and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, 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.” (Isaiah 9:6-7).
“Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” ( Luke 17:21).
The Kingdom of God is the subjugation of every other kingdom under the authority of God.
“And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.” (Daniel 2:44).
The Church is designed by God to be the ultimate government over the earth through the administration of the Kingdom of God; and the Kingdom of God will be given to Jesus who will in turn give it back to the Father, that God may be all in all.
“Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.” (1 Corinthians 15:24-28).
The Church has been mandated and given governmental positions upon the earth to administer the purposes of God and His Kingdom. The Church has the sole responsibility of understanding the Kingdom and to declare and reveal the Kingdom upon the earth. Only then will we as a Church begin to see a reformation of all things according to the original pattern and plan of God.
“And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.” (Isaiah 2:2-3).
The Kingdom of God in the earth has been given to men to govern and to administer, and as a result the Kingdom of God has been forcefully advancing, and forceful people are laying hold of it.
“And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.” (Matthew 11:12).
The Kingdom of God is taken by force, but we do not enter the Kingdom by force. There is a difference between “taking’ and “entering”. The Word of God declares that the Kingdom of God suffers violence and the violent are the ones who will take it by force. We know that this is not speaking about a physical taking by violence, but we need to understand that there will always be conflict in any advance of God’s Kingdom. Unless we are born of the Spirit we cannot enter into the Kingdom of God (John 3:5).
“And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:2-4).
The Kingdom of God is pre-eminent and it is contagious. It does not submit or subject itself to any kingdoms of the earth. Though it comes unrecognized, it will undoubtedly invade every corner of the earth and take over, as related in the parables of Jesus.
“Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof. Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.” ( Matthew 13:31-33).
The Kingdom of God is revealed and manifested when we declare by our mouth the word of God, because our word becomes the word of God that brings the change for Kingdom reformation. The Hebrew translation of “word” is “dabar”. It means the words of God. The word of God is a divine entity that carries a divine unction to accomplish that which is spoken. The unction is the finishing grace. It is the authorization to conclude Kingdom purposes. The word of the Lord spoken is the mind and purpose of God that does not fall to the ground, but accomplishes what it has been sent out for. Spiritual authority is exercised through the decree of our spoken words.
When the Kingdom of God is revealed in righteousness, all other things follow. The first thing a Christian should do is to seek the Kingdom of God – We are to seek the rule and the reign of God in our lives.
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33).
There is only one Sovereign King over the Kingdom of God, the person of Christ Jesus. Many citizens have equal rights under the governmental rule of the Kingdom, yet there is absolute divine order.
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