“Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10)
What is the kingdom of God? Is this kingdom a kingdom for the future? The answer is yes it is a future kingdom. The kingdom of God is the kingdom that Jesus will bring when He returns and rules the earth. But, it is also a kingdom that is now. “The kingdom of God is basically the rule of God. It is God’s reign, the divine sovereignty in action. God’s reign, however, is manifested in several realms, and the Gospel speaks of entering into the Kingdom of God both today and tomorrow. God’s reign manifests itself both in the future and in the present and thereby creates both a future realm and a present realm in which man may experience the blessings of His reign.” (George Ladd) The central message of Jesus’ ministry here on earth was the kingdom of God. “And Jesus went about Galilee, preaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom…” (Matthew 4:23) Should this not be our message on earth? That we want to bring the kingdom of God to our lives and to our community.
We are part of the kingdom of God if Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior. If God rules and reigns in our live, we are part of the kingdom of God. We need to pray daily that God’s kingdom will manifest itself on earth.
To be continued. More on the Kingdom tomorrow.