Religion article written by Dr. Bob Allen
We are a part of a mighty kingdom. We stand on the solid rock of the Word of God, and we are built upon the body and blood of our precious Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ our King.
What is the Kingdom of God?
What is it like?
And are you in it?
How does it work?Mark 1:7 John the Baptist came preaching, saying, “There comes one after me who is mightier than I, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to stoop down and loose. I indeed baptized you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” John is saying there is a new day and, a new way coming.
The new Kingdom then, the Kingdom of God is built on the authority of Jesus; and operated by the power of the Holy Spirit, and we now have and operate the kingdom franchise.
Mark 1:22 “ they were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.” Jesus told the scribes “You are of your father the devil; the same devil then powers the kingdom of this world.
Mark 1:27 they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What is this? What new doctrine is this? For with authority, He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him.
Mark 4:30 Then He said, “To what shall we liken the kingdom of God? Or with what parable shall we picture it? It is like a mustard seed which when it is sown, on the ground, is smaller than all the seeds on earth, but when it’s sown, it grows up and becomes greater than all herbs. It then shoots out large branches, so that the birds of the air may nest under its shade.” It will cover you, and make a place for you. The Kingdom that is in your heart will produce, and provide and watch over you.
Mk. 4:36” So is the kingdom of God as if a man would cast seed into the ground.” The seed is the word; so the Kingdom is made of the word of God. We don’t know how it all works. Jesus said,” my word is a spirit, and it is life.” So it is a spiritual Kingdom held together by the words of our Master that are hidden in our hearts. My friend are you sure that the kingdom is in you? Faith is the substance of it, and the Bible is our written constitution.
Luke 8:11 Jesus said,” The seed is the word of God.” So the kingdom of God is operated by words, that is, words that were spoken by faith and believed. If my friend you can believe this, the kingdom works on what you say and believe. When Jesus called the Apostle Paul , the people were in darkness.
Jesus said. “Acts 26:18 Paul!, open their eyes turn them from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God. That they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith that is in Me,” I ask you, my friend? did you notice the Lord Jesus wanted the lost person to receive and inheritance among the sanctified, that would be you; that is if you are born again Do you want people to be just like you; if not then you have not taken your proper place in the kingdom? You may still have one foot out in the world. If you are in all the way with the Lord, your life should be made up of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, and faith. Peace and rest should be your hallmark. Did you notice that Jesus told Paul the people were in darkness; how much greater is that darkness today. The Lord Jesus is the light of the world, but if you are not in his kingdom then you are still in darkness
Matt 6:23 Jesus said your light is darkness If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! Shine your light on someone help them, will you?
Col 2:14 Jesus blotted out the handwriting of ordinances against us! That is big! Your old, ugly, sinful life has been blotted out. Praise the Lord, The man Christ Jesus, went into the wilderness for forty days to be tested by the devil. The Lord Jesus beat him as a man and came out with full authority over the devil. One way to know that the new kingdom is now in play is to watch Jesus; he immediately started casting out devils; this is the first time in history that man cast out a devil. There is not one recording in the old testament where a man cast out a devil. After Jesus washed our sins away in his blood and made us his righteous, he gave his authority to us to operated His Kingdom on the earth by love and through faith in him.
But after faith has come, we are no longer under law. For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. Faith is here and living on the inside.We are now good to go.
Lu 16:16 Jesus said, “The law and the prophets were until John, after that the kingdom of God is preached and every man presses into it.” Now that is every man that wants to get to heaven, and that wants’ to be Fathered and cared for by a loving God. Have you pressed in? The Kingdom of God starts for you as soon as you knock. The door to the New Kingdom opens by the blood of the Lamb Christ Jesus.
If you are not in, I want to bring you in today. If you are in, I want to help you get the benefits and live like a child of the king.
Matt.18:2 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.”
If you are converted and come as a little child, then you become the child of The King; the son or daughter of the great and mighty God, who will love you, defend you and provide for you forever.
Mt, 18:14 Whosoever, therefore, shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven”. I ask you; my friend have you ever been great? Do you want to be? Today is your day, just come as a little child, and humble yourself in the presence of God. Ask Him to forgive your sins and be your Lord. You can go from being a sinner to a saint real fast.
Let me talk to you about the greatest benefits of the kingdom while living here on this earth, like fatherhood; what it is really like when God becomes our Father? One day as I was thinking about this and just meditating on the goodness of God. I realized that I am and old man and yet I have a father, and he is God.I thought I am never alone, I can always get advice I don’t ever have a need that I can’t ask for help for, and I don’t remember what it is like to feel insecure, lonely or be worried or have fear.
Lu 17:21 Jesus said,”… behold the Kingdom of God is within you, is it, make sure?
Matt 13:19” Jesus said when anyone hears the words of the Kingdom and understands it not; then comes the devil and steals it right out of his heart.” Learn God’s word, my friend. Beware of the thief, and guard your heart. It is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”
All you have to do to get in is ask. The thief on the cross asked the Lord to remember him when He came into His kingdom. “Jesus said, today you will be with me in paradise”. The day you make the change, paradise awaits you.
John 3:3 Jesus said,” You must be born again.” You can’t take your sin into the kingdom of God. Ask- “Dear Jesus, forgive my sins and please save me.
Dr. Bob Allen