The Kingdom of God takes two forms – the Kingdom within, and the Kingdom to come. One is a journey, the other a destiny.
The Kingdom to come
We are waiting for a Kingdom to come. We pray in the Lord’s prayer “Thy Kingdom Come, thy Will be done”.
After the Pharisees asked Jesus “When will the Kingdom of God come?”, speaking of Himself He told the Pharisees “The Kingdom of God is in your midst” (Luke 17:20).
The Pharisees were deeply religious men who were well versed in scripture and should have recognised Him as their King, but they didn’t. Jesus called them “blind guides” who “shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. They themselves did not enter, nor would they let those enter who were trying to” (Matthew 23). Watch out for the Pharisees.
The coming of the King, the Lamb and the Lion.
The first coming was as the lamb of God – the suffering servant described by the prophet Isaiah, 700 years before His birth. Read Isaiah 53 for His description. Even though they had these scriptures in the synagogues, they were not prepared for the Lamb.
They wanted the Lion – the promised King who will come in great power, glory and authority to establish the Kingdom of God on Earth.
This is the second coming, the return of the King, whose coming we await.
The Kingdom within
Jesus tells us in Matthew 6 to “seek the Kingdom of God first”. What does this look like?
How can we seek a Kingdom that is not yet established? Or is it?
When we repent of our sins, are baptized and begin following the lead of the Holy Spirit, we voluntarily place ourselves under the laws and authority of the coming Kingdom of God.
Living by the laws of the Kingdom
There are two laws in the Kingdom. This is what Jesus said in reponse to the Pharisees;
“Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’
This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it:
‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:34-37
What would the world look like if we all did this?