Understandingthe Kingdom of God
The Kingdom of God can be envisaged as one large family. A kingdom ismade of a king who heads a large family in a large estate. In someaspects a kingdom has particular culture that guides all members ofthe kingdom. Similarly, the kingdom of God is made up of allrighteous people who believe in God through faith in Jesus. Jesussaid that He is the way, truth and life for those seeking the Kingdomof God whoever believes in Him shall not perish. In this case, Jesusis the link that connects man to God’s Kingdom. All those whopractice righteousness and have deep faith in Jesus are called theKingdom of God family. In this case, the Kingdom of God comprises offour aspects The King (God, Son and the Holy spirit in one), Family(righteous people), culture and the estate. After Jesus resurrectedand during his passion, Jesus told his disciples that He was going toprepare them a place (estate). This shows that the kingdom of God hasan ‘estate’ where the righteous will be granted stay after livingrighteous lives on earth.
Righteousness is the required culture for those who wish to inheritthe Kingdom of God. In the beginning during the creation of theworld, God intent was to create a Kingdom where man lived happily.The creation of man in God’s likeness and as the last creationsignifies God’s divine plan for is Kingdom man was given moreresponsibility over other creatures. Man is the only being that wasgiven the breath of life this shows that God had plans that manwould be part of the Kingdom ruler. In fact man was given dominionover other creatures which signifies that man was part of the ‘royal’family running the God’s Kingdom.
However, man sinned and was disconnected from God God uprooted manfrom the ‘Royal family’ thereby separating him from His Kingdomit was not God intention but man committed sin thus separatinghimself from the ‘righteous’ family. Man’s sin brought endlesssufferings as witnessed in the Israelite journey through the, thegreat deluge, wilderness, famine and oppression. However, God did notgive up on His plan for including man in His Kingdom after mansinned. God promised that He would liberate man throughout the OldTestament God is seen helping man through various scourges andoppressions signifying that God’s Kingdom plan was still on course.
As illustrated in the Exodus through the wilderness, man was stillsinful and doubtful of God’s providence. When the Israelite facedcalamities they thought God had disserted them and turned againstHim. This shows that man still doubted that the living God is aliberator, protector and provider. Furthermore, even after settlingin Canaan, the Israelite turned away from God despite numerousliberation miracles that were preformed to them. It is during thishypocritical cultural environment that Jesus was born. Despitevarious prophesies from God’s servant like John the Baptist, manyshunned and ignored God’s divine redemption plan.
God sent his only son who was to be born in human form in order torestore lost glory between man and God. The gospel books recountsseveral missions and geographical locations that Jesus and hisapostles made proclaiming the Kingdom of God. In fact, the mission ofJesus was wholly about the Kingdom of God sermons, healing miracles,fasting and teachings were all part of fulfilling the Kingdom of God.For instance, during one instance when Jesus healed a leper He toldhim, ‘Get up and go, your sins are forgiven.’ This miracleindicates that the main mission of Jesus was to restore man’srelationship with God Jesus forgave the man’s sins. The Scribes,Pharisees and Sadducees were puzzled but Jesus made it clear that Hehad come to liberate, restore and reconnect man with the Kingdom ofGod.
It is surprising that even after God gave His only son to liberateman from sin, man is still ignorant. Many Christians today believethat pursuing God’s Kingdom is attending religious services andfail to achieve Jesus last divine command to preach the Kingdomgospel far and wide. In the same way the Pharisees and Sadduceesfollowed religious practices while offending fellow human beings, themodern Christians are not different. Most Christians attend servicesreligiously but inwardly commit hypocrite acts that are contrary toJesus divine teachings on ‘righteousness’ as the key to God’sKingdom. True Christianity believes that one has been set free fromevils and commissioned to another Kingdom whose culture isrighteousness.
Christianity means been transformed from old into a new person.However, there are numerous teachings that continue to confuse peopleand this is attributed to man’s doubting nature. Modern Christianscan be likened to the Israelites in the desert although theybelieved in the Promised Land their hypocrite acts and disbeliefprevented them from reaching the promised land-only their childrendid. The death and resurrection of Jesus was a great symbolic victorytowards the Kingdom of God. Through Jesus Christ man is set free fromhis sins and has a new form befit for Gods Kingdom.
Paul in his teachings stressed that the only thing that matteredtowards the attainment of God’s Kingdom is having faith in Jesus assavior and assuming a new form. In this way, one is part of the‘royal family’ in God’s Kingdom. Paul while addressingCorinthians (2 Corinthians 5:17) said "Therefore if any manbe in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed awaybehold all things are become new." In this Paul meant thatthe Kingdom of God is for all people provided that each personestablishes personal relationship with Jesus Christ. In Matthew 5:38-48, Jesus said that the kingdom of God belongs to the selfless whoare willing to suffer, love and be persecuted for his sake.
In His teachings Jesus emphasized that those who will attain theKingdom of God must have a heart like that of a child. Through Jesussalvation, all are turned into new form and old practices should beforgotten. Therefore, in order for one to attain the Kingdom of God,one must depart from old being to new form that propagate gospelabout the Kingdom of God. God does not segregate between evil andrighteous and treats al equally because His original plan is stillintact despite the prevalence of evils. The kind of man that Godneeds in His Kingdom is one whose practices exhibits righteousnessand propagates the Kingdom gospel to others.
The Kingdom of God is far from the worldly systems. God’s Kingdomis peculiar based on righteousness culture and void of deceit orevil. The Kingdom of God is everlasting infinite for those who liverighteous lives, the rest will be destroyed. In addition, the Kingdomof God is a higher life a life with God’s power to drive outdevils. Jesus once said that ‘by the finger (power of God) He wasable to cast out demons that signify the Kingdom of God is powerful.Paul in his teachings stressed that the Kingdom of God is ‘empoweredlife’ that comes with Christ. Lastly, the Kingdom of God is forthose who practice the culture of righteousness. In Hebrew 1:8-9, thebible states that the ‘Kingdom of God is for righteous and notsinners this means that regardless of one’s religiosity only therighteous will inherit the Kingdom of God. God promises that, ifpeople pursue righteousness, the rest will be added in their livesbountifully (Matt. 6: 26-30).