Have You Seen the Kingdom Yet?
Ah the Kingdom of God. What an incredible place to live. Have you seen it?
There is nothing like gazing upon a special place for the first time. There are several physical places on earth which I have been privileged to see for myself. The images are burned deep into my memory as well as the “feelings” I had when I first looked. Places like the Grand Canyon with its depth and awe inspiring beauty as well as the Dead Sea with its deep blue waters set in the stark white of its desert surroundings. Even as I write I get the “goose bumps” and I want to go back some day!
Seeing the kingdom for the first time however, was far greater than either of these two physical experiences. And the best part? I haven’t had to leave. I’m a resident in it and you are too if you have the spiritual eyes to see.
We must understand the Kingdom of God is not something to be seen with physical eyes, but rather spiritual ones. That is why it is such a mystery to those who are blinded by the realm of the flesh. Let’s just take a look at a couple of principles to get us started.
You must have spiritual eyes and spiritual revelation to “see” the kingdom. But no worries! As a born-again believer you are equipped by the Holy Spirit to see! Jesus said so in John 3:3 (KJV 1900) 3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. The implication here is if you are born-again, YOU MAY SEE this awesome place. This kind of dispels some super spiritual attitude which says only the elite have access to the kingdom of God.
Jesus said this in Mark 4:11 (KJV 1900) 11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: Jesus spoke these words to his disciples to let them “in”. He was not telling them the Kingdom was some unapproachable place but rather that those who don’t want it will never be able to understand it. The sad part is He was referring to the religious leaders of his day. They were comfy in their nice neat religious ritual which they could control without the presence of God.
Jesus on the other hand was declaring the rule of God had come and He was calling all people to come under it. I find it interesting that Mark’s gospel records the first words of Jesus as these, Mark 1:15 (KJV 1900) 15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel. Jesus said to repent which literally means to have a change of mind or to turn. He said to believe the gospel which literally means “the good news”. What was this good news? The King and the Kingdom was here.
The problem was (and we will look at this in another blog post to come) the kingdom didn’t come as expected in the physical realm. Nope. It came in a far greater way in the realm of the Spirit. It is not a place you can go to, it is a place you reside in. We have the mentality that we go to the church not realizing the church is not a building, but rather a people who are in Christ. I fear we have the same mentality about the kingdom believing it is a place we will go to rather than a place we now live in! It is a NOW kingdom which is all around us and is far more real and far more lasting than the physical world in which we now reside. It’s eternal. Can you see it?
The truth is you may if you’re willing to look through spiritual eyes with faith. Paul said we as believers were to walk by faith not by sight. Are you willing? Are you willing to believe what the Word of God teaches in this area so that you may recognize the greater purpose for your life? Are you willing to believe you are now citizens of another kingdom, the Kingdom of God which operates virtually opposite of the natural world we live in? A kingdom whose resources never run out, whose blessings never fall short, and whose King is alway loving and benevolent towards you even in dry seasons and moments of discipline?
Why not ask the Father today to show you His Kingdom? My friend, once you “see it” you will never settle for anything less in teaching nor experiential living!