The Rights and Privileges of a Kingdom Citizen
(A Review of the Kingdom of God)
Matthew 4:17 . . . From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
REPENT: metanoeo: meta – a change of condition; noeo – to exercise the mind, think. Our problem is not with direction, but the makeup of the mind—our thinking.
Isaiah 9:6–7 . . . For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the GOVERNMENT will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of His GOVERNMENT and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
Daniel 2:44 . . . 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.
Acts 9:1–2 . . . Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest 2 and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of “The Way,” whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.
1. The concept of a King – a Total Sovereign.
Romans 8:29 . . . For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.
2. The concept of a Lord – a Sole Owner of everything, including you.
• 1) Personal ownership, and 2) Personal wealth
Job 41:11 . . . Who has preceded Me, that I should pay him? Everything under heaven is Mine.
1 Corinthians 6:19–20 . . . Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.
3. The concept of Territory – the ownership of land determines the scope of the Kingdom. God owns all the land
Mark 16:15 . . . And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.
4. The concept of a Constitution – The Word of God.
Genesis 1:28 . . . Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
Genesis 50:20 . . . But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.
5. The concept of Righteousness – being in a rightly aligned position with the laws of the Kingdom, which puts you in a rightly aligned relationship with the King, which opens the doors of His Kingdom to avail to you all of its resources and privileges.
Hebrews 10:16–22 . . . “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the LORD: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,” 17 then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” 18 Now where there is remission of these, there is no longer an offering for sin. 19 Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, 21 and having a High Priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.
6. The concept of Law – God designed all creation to function by inherent law
Matthew 5:17–19 . . . “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. 19 Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.