Implications of the Kingdom of God: A New Context
Colossians 1:13 . . . He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love.
God is not happy with His leaders when we block the entrance to the Kingdom.
Matthew 23:13 . . . “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in.
I. Entry into the Kingdom is not automatic
John 3:3&5 . . . Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unlessone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” . . . 5 “Most assuredly, I say toyou, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
II. Entry into the Kingdom is an inner pursuit
Luke 17:20–21 . . . Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; 21 nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.”
Matthew 6:33 . . . But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
Matthew 26:39 . . . He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying,“O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.”
1 Samuel 4-6 . . . The ark went to Ashdod and destroyed the statues of Dagon and tumors on the people. Then to Gath, the same thing happened. Then on to Ekron and the same thing there. They said get rid of this thing. Sent the ark back on a cart pulled by milk cows with their calves tied up at home. They took it back which meant is was the Lord, not by chance. “No greater will than the maternal instinct.” Willing.
III. Entry into the Kingdom requires a big mind because it’s a big Kingdom
• If you align with the Kingdom the creation will align with you
Colossians 1:13–18 . . . He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, 14 in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. 18 And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.
• God’s Kingdom was for the last days, and the last days are here
Daniel 2:31–35 . . . “You, O king, were watching; and behold, a great image! Thisgreat image, whose splendor was excellent, stood before you; and its form was awesome. 32 This image’s head was of fine gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze, 33 its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay. 34 You watched while a stone was cut out without hands, which struck the image on its feet of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces. 35 Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold were crushed together, and became like chaff from the summer threshing floors; the wind carried them away so that no trace of them was found. And the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.
Daniel 2:44–45 . . . And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever. 45 Inasmuch as you saw that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold—the great God has made known to the king what will come to pass after this. The dream is certain, and its interpretation is sure.”