What did Jesus really say about Kingdom?
Religion Gives Way to Kingdom Reality
Can we truly experience the reality of the life and light of the Kingdom of God, the Kingdom of Heaven, in our lives now?
YES, WE CAN! God’s pure holy sons (male and female) who receive the word of the Kingdom can experience the work of Christ in us by the Holy Spirit.
(Please study the Scripture references in context for what they say and not through a mental filter from any previous systematic religious teachings. Just hear and believe what Jesus said and allow the Holy Spirit to teach you of the marvelous reality of the kingdom experience in this life.)
The maturing sons in whom the kingdom abides grow to become seeds that are then planted into the world to bring forth the Kingdom of God on earth.
A natural seed contains the whole of that which will grow from it. As seeds of the Kingdom, we can experience the Kingdom now within as we are planted in the world to transform it with the reality of the Kingdom by the Spirit of the King, (Matthew 13).
This great transformation began in the first century as Christ Jesus proclaimed, “The kingdom of God is at hand,” (Mark 1:14-15).
The veil of darkness is being lifted off the minds and hearts of the people of God to hear what the Bible clearly records of the words of Christ Jesus.
Churchy religious dogma has taught many of us that the Kingdom of God must wait to be established on earth until after the bodily return of Jesus. This interpretational teaching clearly implies that Christ Jesus the King is NOT present with us now on earth.
This is a natural-minded view that tends to see the physical visible world and natural flesh and bone body as greater than the unseen Spirit world and Spirit beings.
The visible or natural was made by the Spirit.
The lesser is made by the greater. The lesser cannot make the greater.
“By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible,” Hebrews 11:3.
We must relate to God as Spirit to grasp understanding of a Spirit Kingdom of a Spirit God who created physical earth. The Spirit God who created the earth is now in the process of transforming or reforming this world back into its originally created perfect order.
While with Jesus the disciples did not have the Holy Spirit within.
Jesus told His natural-minded disciples only as much as they could hear at the time. The disciples could not clearly hear Spirit things, (John 16:12-13).
At that time they had not received the Holy Spirit to indwell them. The Holy Spirit could not come to indwell them until after Jesus had ascended back to heaven, (John 16:7).
Jesus told His disciples that He was with them now but was going away and coming back to be in them bringing His Kingdom with Him.
“Assuredly, I say to you, there are some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom,” Matthew 16:28.
Read carefully some of what Jesus said in John 14, 20-21,
“At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to (or in) him.”
”You have heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away and coming to you.’” John 14:28.
“The Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I WILL COME TO YOU,” John 14:17-18.
Jesus is the Spirit of truth who dwelt with them and would be in them. The Kingdom was in Jesus. That is why He announced that the kingdom of God is at hand.
However, when He left for a while the presence of the kingdom went with Him, (Mark 9:1). Yet, when He came back to be in the twelve disciples and with all who were gathered in the upper room at Pentecost, they began to boldly do the marvelous works of Jesus, (Mark 16:19-20).
They did the works of Jesus because Christ Jesus was now in them doing the mighty works of God in the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit brought the Spirit Christ to dwell in them at Pentecost, (Romans 8:9).
This is the great mystery of the King and His Kingdom.
Yes, the King is present to set up His kingdom on Earth. Mature sons are arising in whom Christ Jesus by the Holy Spirit fully reigns, (Hebrews 2:10, 2 Timothy 2:12).
Christ Jesus is the one King, and there is no Kingdom without Him, (1 Timothy 6:14-15, Revelation 17:14).
Herein is a great mystery that can only be received by the Spirit enlightening our spirit with truth and life.
When Christ Jesus was incarnate on earth in His earthly body, He was God in the body of a man. At the cross, while He was in His human body, He finished the redemptive work and began the restorative work that legally only a man on earth could do.
God will never break His word. Because God by His infinite word had given dominion on earth to mankind, a man was required to redeem what man had lost at Adam’s fall, (Genesis 1:26-28). God’s word of dominion could not be broken.
Christ Jesus then ascended back to the Spirit throne of Spirit God from which He had come. Spirit Christ Jesus, Yeshua, Son of God, was with Spirit Father from the beginning and was involved in the creation of the natural earth including mankind, (John 1:10).
Christ Jesus then returned to His disciples in the Spirit, Holy Spirit, to be in all who would receive Spirit Christ Jesus in the Holy Spirit to do the work of restoring the Kingdom of God on earth in His earthly, many membered Body, (Romans 12:4-5).
Spirit Christ Jesus is alive and powerful on earth in the Body of Christ. King Jesus the Christ is the Head, the only Head of the Body, (Ephesians 4:15-16).
All the miraculous works that Christ Jesus did in His first incarnate earthly body and more can be done in His new incarnate Body of believers, (John 14:12).
The great hope of the world is the full manifestation of Christ Jesus by His Spirit in His many membered Body restoring the kingdom of heaven on earth.
His Body is made up of those believers who have died to their adamic lives and become alive with the resurrected life of the Lord and King Christ Jesus, Yeshua Messiah, to rule and reign on earth.
The work of Christ Jesus in His Body now on earth is the restoration or re-creation of Planet Earth and all the systems of this world to the Kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven, (Isaiah 9:6-7).
Truly this will be a new world and new heavens around it, free of the work of the enemy that was released by the dominion of fallen man.
God is Spirit. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are all one Spirit.
Spirit God in us can restore us to the image and likeness of God as man was originally created to be. Christ in you and me is the hope of the glory of God fully manifested in this beautiful Planet Earth colony of Heaven.
“To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory,” Colossians 1:27. (John 4:24, Mark 12:29).
All of this is within us as rebirthed or born again Spirit beings in human bodies alive on earth and in heaven at the same time. One with God in Spirit and Body, (1 Corinthians 6:17, Ephesians 5: 30-32).
Spirit things are not understood by natural man, but God reveals them to us by His Holy Spirit, (1 Corinthians 2:14).
See Part 1: Biblical Kingdom Reality
Part 3 next week.
Be made whole in His love,
~ Ron McGatlin
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Ron McGatlin Ron has over 62 years of seeking to serve God in ministry and business. Barbara has served in pastoral and Christian education positions for over 10 years. They currently make their home in the foot hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina, USA. Ron has written 5 books on revival and the in-breaking kingdom and continues to write powerful apostolic/prophetic articles published weekly in the OpenHeaven.com Digest.