There was a Facebook post seeking readers’ understanding of what the Kingdom of God meant to them. That was a great prompt for me to reflect myself.
There are 65 references to the ‘Kingdom of God’ in the New Testament (love the search function in the Bible apps on smartphones). Some are direct references, some are couched in parables.
It occurred to me to transform the passive ‘Kingdom of God’ into its active form, ‘God’s Kingdom’. How does God view His Kingdom, as revealed in Scripture? My thoughts:
(1) The currency and the very breath of this Kingdom is Love. Spiritually, nothing good & holy happens without Love. There are 296 references of Love in the New Testament. Here are two of them. 2 Cor 13:11 – “….and the God of Love and Peace will be with you.” Proverbs 8:17 – “I love those who love me; And those who diligently seek me will find me.” Thus, one cannot conceptualize the Kingdom of God without accepting that God of Love, Himself is ever present, ever active, ever loving in this Kingdom.
(2) The citizens of this Kingdom are all children of God. Romans 8:17 – “…we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ…”. There’s an eternal relationship implied in this scripture.
An additional scripture insight into the Kingdom of God.
(3) The Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 5 begins the sermons on the mount with the Beatitudes. There are no teachings nor parables to the people in the first 4 chapters. The first Beatitude is “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Note the word ‘is’. It’s not ‘will be’. Thus, the Kingdom of God is now, was in the past and will be in the future. There are articles expounding on what it means to be ‘poor in spirit.’
Clearly the Kingdom of God transcends space, time, laws of physics, etc. But Christ’s life & teachings on earth was meant to lead us to the Kingdom of God. With the Holy Spirit’s active leading, we can strive for Christlikeness, in our hearts and wills to fulfill the Father’s Will in our lives, and in reflecting/sharing Christ’s love to everyone around us.
God bless you on your spiritual journey.