by Bill Somers
For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
The Kingdom of God is Righteousness, Peace and Joy in the Holy Ghost. What does this mean? I believe that these are the signs or results of entering into the kingdom. That is to day, if you have entered into the Kingdom of God, they you should have Righteousness, Peace and Joy in the Holy Ghost, and that on a continual basis. In these days we experience Righteousness, Peace and Joy in the Holy Ghost on a hit and miss basis. But God is calling us to a place where we will have Righteousness, Peace and Joy in the Holy Ghost all the time. That place is the Kingdom of God!
I have heard several explanations of this which I will lay out and show that they are just differing ways of expressing the same idea.
If you are at a place where you are if full agreement with the word of God, completely submitted to his authority and fully and instantly obedient to his command, they you can say that Jesus is your King in every area, without reservation.
The reason Jesus manifested the Kingdom is that he was totally in accord with and submitted to the Father. The Kingdom is entered by Repentance.
You can enter the Kingdom by a full repentance. Repentance means a turning, Here it must mean a turning away from sin, and towards righteousness. Or a turn away from walking in the flesh and a renewed walking in the spirit.
Jesus words to Nicodemus.
"Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God." John 3:3
Here Jesus speaks of seeing the Kingdom. This is a reference to seeing in the sense of understanding. The natural man cannot discern the things of the Spirit, that is the Word of God, and so only those who are born again can understand what the bible says about the kingdom.
"Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God." John 3:5
Here Jesus speaks of entering into the Kingdom. The requirements are to be born of water and of the Spirit, So what does this imply? Well being born of water refers to baptism which we are told is to bury the old man of the flesh. It means to be dead to the flesh and dead to self. Then Jesus explains what it means to be born of the Spirit.
The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. John 3:8
This is saying that those who are born of the Spirit will come and go wherever the Spirit leads them. That is to say they are completely led by the Spirit of God.
So if you are fully dead to self and completely led by the Spirit, you have entered into His Kingdom, in this life. What the Kingdom is not.
This means that the Kingdom is not heaven. It does not refer to entering in to heaven, the place for departed souls of the righteous. It is not God's presence. God manifests his presence here on earth in many ways and at many times. Those who experience this do not have to be in His Kingdom.
What the Kingdom is.
The Kingdom is God's Rule.
The Kingdom is the End Time Revival
The Kingdom is the Millennium.
For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power. 1 Cor 4:20.
Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God,neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. 1Cor 15:50
God is calling us to enter into His Kingdom in these last days. Remember that the Bible tells us "... that we must through much tribulation enter into the Kingdom of God. Ac 14:22
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