Living NOW in the Kingdom of God
For He has rescued us and has drawn us to Himself from the dominion of darkness and has transferred us to the Kingdom of His beloved Son 14 in whom we have redemption [because of His sacrifice, resulting in] the forgiveness of our sins [and the cancellation of sins’ penalty].
Colossians 1:13-14, Amplified Bible
The New Covenant, established by our Father, was to restore our fellowship with Him before man’s disobedience in the Garden of Eden. He has accomplished all that His heart intended. First, He forgave and eradicated our sins so He could live within us. Second, He gave us a New Heart that is tender and sensitive to His desires. Third, He gave us a New Spirit so His Life can flow through us. And fourth, our Father took us out of the kingdom of darkness.
Then, He placed us into a NEW spiritual kingdom, the Kingdom of God, where He, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit live forever. Here is how we enjoy and experience God’s Kingdom. We turn inwardly and, by faith, draw from the Life of God within us.
Jesus Defines God’s Kingdom (English Standard Bible)
John 3:3-5 – Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born, can he?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.”
John 18:36 – Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm.”
What is the Kingdom of God?
The Kingdom of God, or some scriptures calls it the Kingdom of Heaven. It is where God rules and reigns in a spiritual realm and the heart or spirit of every born-again follower of Jesus Christ. The goal of God’s Kingdom is to conquer and subdue every enemy that wars against our souls. It is also to bring every foe captive to the obedience of Christ who reigns within us.
Luke 17:20-21 – Now, having been questioned by the Pharisees as to when the kingdom of God was coming, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed; nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or, ‘There it is!’ For behold, the Kingdom of God is within you.”
Romans 14:13 – For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
I Corinthians 4:20 – For the kingdom of God does not consist in words but in power.
The Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit have taken residence within our spirits. Another way the scripture defines our New Place of Residence is “In Christ.”
Living In Christ
Ephesians 1:3 – Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with ALL spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.
Ephesians 1:10 – That in the dispensation of the fullness of times He might gather together in ONE all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in Him.
Ephesians 2:6 – And hath raised us up together and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.
Ephesians 2:13 – But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
We have been chosen to live and abide in the Kingdom of God both now and forever; how awesome is that! There is so much to explore in Christ and in God’s Kingdom. In our next blog, we will look at who rules in the Kingdom of God.
Enjoy Christ, Enjoy (ZOE) Our Life!