What Is The Kingdom?

The Kingdom of God is the central focus of all Jesus taught, and the only thing he ever referred to as “the good news / gospel.” “This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.” Matthew 24:14 While today’s church focuses on the “good news” of “forgiveness”, which is indeed good news, Jesus spoke of the good news of the Kingdom.

The Kingdom is not heaven, but God’s plan to restore heaven back to earth. “For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. Colossians 1:19-20

The Kingdom was the first message Jesus taught: “Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people." Matthew 4:23 And it was the last message He taught: "After his suffering... He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God." Acts 1:3

Jesus declared that preaching the Kingdom was his purpose in coming: "I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, for I was sent for this purpose." Luke 4:43 He emphasized that it is the main thing we are to seek! “But seek first the Kingdom of God, and all these other things will be given unto you as well.” Matthew 6:33 In His parables the Rabbi-Messiah taught that the Kingdom was like a treasure in a field and a pearl of great price.

To bring it into the language of the heart, the Kingdom is that longing and dream that every human cherishes, of a perfect world of love, peace, abundance, and beauty. In its perfection, it will be a world where every person is exactly the person God created him or her to be. We were created for the Kingdom and our deepest longing is to be part of it and we find our purpose in the Kingdom. We currently cannot experience it in perfection, but we still can experience it in our own lives and through others. Whenever you see or God's will being fulfilled, from the opening of a flower to the redemption of a soul, whenever you experience the Holy Spirit working within you or through you, or whenever you see such an experience in others, the Kingdom is there. This is why Jesus came to restore His Kingdom to this tired rebellious world. And this is the “everyday” Kingdom we present to you here and ask that you share with others as you experience it.

To learn more about God's Kingdom, watch Don Stephens' seminar, Kingdom or Chaos. Find it HERE