When we read about the Kingdom of God in the Bible, we often quote Jesus as saying, “I am the King of the Kingdom.” Many Christians have used this quote to show their appreciation for what Jesus has said. But there is a problem with that understanding. The Greek word for King means “leader,” while the Hebrew word for King means “lord.” So, while Jesus is the leader of the kingdom of God, it doesn’t mean that the leaders of that kingdom are also the King of the United States.
Jesus taught that one day we will not die, but that we have eternal life. However, most Christians do not accept that Jesus is the King of the kingdom of God and this leads to an understanding that the kingdom of God is something other than Christianity. Some people even teach that Satan is the King of the Kingdom of God, thus ruling against God and His elect. It is unfortunate that these ideas are taught, because they limit the role of the Redeemer.
Jesus never advocated self-righteousness, telling us we need to be righteous before we receive any gifts or favors from Him. Instead, he encouraged us to be loyal to our rulers (lords) and to love our neighbors and enemies alike. Jesus didn’t encourage us to have a lot of possessions, telling us we need to be like children who live in a cave so that we can avoid the things that danger us. Rather, he encouraged us to make disciples among the people, to share what we have to teach with others, so that we might become righteous in the eyes of God.
Jesus taught, we need to have a firm hand, working hard so that we could have security in this kingdom. There wouldn’t be much room for loafers or those who just complain and cry with nothing to fight for. In this kingdom, we need to have a reason to be diligent, to work so that we could have sufficient food for our daily necessities. Jesus would have us know that the kingdom of God isn’t built with wood but with God’s power.
Jesus preached against jealousy, which is the root of many problems in this kingdom. He told us not to be jealous over other people or the things that others have. Jesus would have us understand that the kingdom of God is not of this world. Instead, he would have us understand that the kingdom of God is for the glory of God and for the good of His people. Jesus would have us realize that the way to happiness and joy comes from loving God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and trusting Him. When we love God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength, then we will be rewarded abundantly through the good and abundant life that He has provided for His people.
Jesus also taught us to be patient. He would have us realize that the kingdom of God is not of this world and that patience is a virtue. Jesus would have us realize that there are a lot of things happening in the world, but God is still almighty and everything will turn out for the best. If we want to be patient and if we want to see God’s glory in action, then we should go out there and let it happen.
Jesus encouraged us to humble ourselves before God. Sometimes it might appear we are always demanding, but the more humble we are, the more we would find favor with God. Jesus would have us realize we can get right in front of God and address to Him. When we humble ourselves before Him, then He will encourage us and strengthen us.
Jesus preached that the kingdom of God is not of this world. We shouldn’t worship in secret or be seeking favors from the ones who do not love us. Jesus would have us understand that the kingdom of God is not about works, but about following our hearts. If we truly obey God’s word, then we will surely enter the kingdom of God. All those who are born again will be blessed. Those who are living in the right way will receive loving blessings from the Father in heaven.
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