Understanding the Kingdom of God – Part 1
Matthew 6:9b-10 – Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.
In every kingdom there is a rule of law. The law or principle is the standard by which the kingdom is operated and functions. These principles are to be adhered to by all in order to access the benefits of the king and the kingdom. In Christ some of the laws we have is the law of sowing and reaping, the law of faith, the law of the Spirit of life etc. When the law is violated there are consequences to be faced.
There are privileges in the Kingdom, these comes with being faithful to the king and his cause. The bible says if you are willing and obedient you shall eat the good of the land. So it is important that you follow and adhere to the will of the king, precept upon precept line upon line.
In a kingdom there is a code of ethics. This is the acceptable conduct of the citizen in the kingdom. We know from scriptures that they that are Christ’s have crucified the sinful nature and the lust therefore and we are walk by faith and not by sight. The number ethic in God’s Kingdom is walking in love towards God and our fellow man.
In a kingdom there is an army that provides protection. In Christ we have divine protection. Psalm 91 says,they that dwell in the secret place of the most high shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty they shall say of the lord He is my refuge my fortress in Him will I trust…. He shall give His angels charge over us to keep us in all our ways. So as a citizen of the kingdom you have divine protection from the enemy. Your enemy becomes the enemy of the king and the king fights your cause because if you fail it implies failure and weakness on the part of the king.
In a Kingdom there is a commonwealth or economy. Every citizen enjoys equal access to financial security and prosperity. The king’s glory is in the happiness and health of its citizens. Bible declares that God delights in the prosperity of his servants. Psalm 35:27
In a kingdom there is social structure. This is the lifestyle and environment created by the life and manners of the king and his citizens. This is the cultural aspect that separates and distinguishes the kingdom from all others around it. In Christ the bible says we have a lifestyle of holiness and purity.
In Christ, you are in the kingdom of God and you have access to God and all He has.
For Further Study
Isaiah 1:18-19, Galatians 5:24, 2 Corinthians 5:7
Personal declaration for the day
I am a citizen of the Kingdom of God therefore, I will enjoy divine privileges
Questions for you to reflect on
What are you responsibility as a citizen of God’s Kingdom?