UNDERSTANDING THE KINGDOM OF GOD

BIBLE READING: DANIEL 6:26; 1CORINTHIANS 4:20; MATTHEW 6:33; 1CORINTHIANS 15:50

“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.” Daniel 2:44(NKJV)

The full exercise of the Dominion Mandate requires a thorough understanding of the Kingdom of God. At the conclusion of the Lord’s Prayer directed to God the Father, our Lord Jesus declared: “For Yours is the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory forever. Amen.” (Matt.6:13b) The Lord God Almighty is the King over all the kingdoms of the entire Earth and beyond. (Rev. 11:15) Wherever He doesn’t rule, He will eventually overrule. No wonder the Bible calls Jesus “the King of kings and Lord of lords.” (Rev. 17:14; Rev. 19:16) Think about this: Our God is the Emperor of the Entire Universe Whose Dominion covers all of creation and transcends Eternity itself.

The word “kingdom” is derived from the Greek word “basileia” which literally means “rule or realm of influence”. A kingdom can be seen as a juxtaposition of two words: “king” and “domain”. In other words, a king is nothing without a domain or sphere of influence. The Holy Scriptures tell us that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men (Dan. 4:17) hence man is merely a steward of any kingdom under his watch. When the Bible tells us that “the Son of Man has come to seek and to save THAT which was lost.” (Lk.19:10), the implication is that Jesus came to redeem all the kingdoms that rightfully belong to God, beginning with mankind: “The Earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein” (Ps. 24:1).

We need to understand this Truth: All the kingdoms (referenced in the above Scripture by the word “world”) belong to God hence He reserves the right to rule over them as the Only Legitimate Sovereign. Someone like the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar was called “A king of kings” (Dan. 2:37) while the Lord Jesus is called “THE King of kings” (1Tim. 6:15). Notice the difference between the indefinite article “a” and the definite article “the”. The Kingdom of God refers to the Rightful Scope of His Rule and Influence which transcends even the Universe itself. (Isa. 66:1a) In other words, it’s either He is the Lord of all or He isn’t the Lord at all. Our duty as the Church is to enforce the Influence of His Kingdom here on Earth (Matt. 6:10) by displacing the satanic influence holding sway over the Seven Mountains of Society.

PRAYER:

Heavenly Father, we thank You for redeeming us and raising us as agents of change on Earth. O Lord, we receive the Grace and Wisdom to subsume the kingdoms of this world under the Jurisdiction of Your Kingdom in Jesus’ Mighty Name. Amen.

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