“But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you” (Matthew 12:28, KJV).
Understanding the kingdom of God is key if you want to reign over the oppressive forces of sin, death, and Satan in your life. Jesus told the on looking Jews after He had commanded an evil spirit to come out of someone that what they observed was the operation of the kingdom of God and the exercising of God’s royal power and rule over the controlling powers on the earth.
The kingdom of God, therefore, is God’s rule or “the royal reign of God” (1). It has essentially the same meaning as the kingdom of heaven but with a slightly different focus. While “of heaven” may emphasize the heavenly origin (the territory) and nature of the reign, “of God” emphasizes the King that is reigning.
Furthermore, the kingdom of God, like the blessing of Abraham, has two aspects ― the natural kingdom and a spiritual kingdom. The natural kingdom belongs to the nation of Israel, the continuation of the royal lineage of David. It is an actual physical kingdom, which existed in Israel and will be set up again in the Millennium when Christ physically returns to the earth. However, the spiritual kingdom is already here! It is the rule of God, through His people, over sin, death, Satan and all the things that come with them. You are born to reign in this life!
Is there any present benefit of the kingdom of God to the believer here and now? Declare: “I am reigning with Christ right here and right now!”
APPLY THE WORD
Did you know that Christ reigns only AS you reign on the earth? He wants you to reign over sin, sickness, Satan, and death because He reigns through you as kings unto His Father!
Thank the Lord for giving you the gift of the kingdom of God. Pray that you will fully grow to reign in every aspect of your life here and now.
1. Arndt, W., Danker, F. W., Bauer, W., & Gingrich, F. W. (2000). A Greek-English lexicon of the New Testament and other early Christian literature (3rd ed., p. 168). Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
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