Kingdom Living: Our Life God's Way
The news headlines everyday rehearse the perils of the world’s political, economic, and moral situation. Though we are fully aware of the seriousness of the financial and environmental crisis’ around us, the media, I believe, intentionally paints a picture of increased doom and gloom. However, we, the believers of God, have an alternative system to this world’s system. This study will help us look further into that alternative system; which is the Kingdom of God.
What is a Kingdom? A kingdom is a politically organized community or major territorial unit
having a monarchical form of government headed by a king or queen (Merriam-Webster Online).
This definition of a kingdom gives us the good starting point in understanding the "Kingdom of God." However, it doesn’t quite explain how that kingdom is manifested here on earth. In order to get this explanation we must first do two things. We must examine the attributes of an earthly kingdom and we must go to the Bible. An earthly kingdom has a king (Isa. 22:21), territory (Ps. 24:1-7), citizens (Lu. 10:20), laws (Jn. 15:14), constitution (agreement or covenant) (Jer. 31:33), government (authoritative direction) (Pr. 3:5-6), privileges (Ex. 3:8), code of ethics (1 Pet. 1:16), and an army (Ro. 12:19; 1 Sam. 17:47).
Everything that a natural kingdom has God’s Kingdom also has. So, the “Kingdom of God” refers to the sovereignty, reign, or rule of God over all things. You might ask, "Why is the world in such disarray?" To that I say, we can't really blame God for the state of this world because in Genesis 1:26 He gave us dominion over the earth. Then in Matthew 16:19 He delivered to us the “Keys of the Kingdom.” In other words, He put the earth in our charge, and He gave us the knowledge and abilities in His Kingdom.
Jesus said, in Matthew 16:19, “…whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” This supremacy is the beginning of our understanding of how God intends for us, His people, to live.