By John Griffin

One Scripture that opened my eyes to the Kingdom is in 1 John 4:2 - where the Word says to know the Spirit of God is to know Jesus is come in the flesh - and this translates as a present reality manifested through a Living Word within us, which we call the Christ.

Our Kingdom is come. It is tangible, it can be touched and experienced now.

We must understand the Kingdom's importance, in the plan of the finishing work of our full salvation. Philippians 2:12 encourages us to work out our salvation in fear and trembling, for we are living at an end of an age, and the beginning of a new age.

In Philippians 1:6 the Word is saying to us "to be confident of this very thing" this very thing is a good work, that the Lord will perform in us. It says there that "He will perform it until His coming". We know when it says that "He will perform it," it is referring to the work of the Spirit of the Lord within us -He has given us the opportunity to be sanctified or made ready.

Jesus speaks of us in John 17:15 "I pray Father you take them not out of the world, but keep them from evil and sanctify them through Truth because thy Word is Truth". We again must clearly understand, the Lord has a work for us to participate in while on this earth - this work can only be influenced by the Truth of His Word - we cannot grow in God unless we function out of Truth.

There is a difference between being saved, and a full salvation, 2 Timothy 2:10 - "that they may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus," 2 Thessalonians 2:13 - "God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the Truth," growth comes from the influence of Truth.

There is a difference between seeing the Kingdom - John 3:3, and entering the Kingdom of God - John 3:5 , seeing is a babe thinking, and entering in is through being perfected or matured in Him.

There is a difference between a low calling and a high calling - one may say I know this, but the issue is not knowledge - but rather what realm we are living in.

Are we pressing on to perfection?
Are we focused on entering the Kingdom?
Attaining to the high calling?
Or just content to be saved?
Seeing the Kingdom but living out of a low calling?

Many Christians live in a hell hole today because they do not keep away from evil, and therefore they cannot be sanctified by the Truth. Truth is reflected in lifestyle or Truth is rejected by lifestyle. For us to be Kingdom people comes down to a matter of choices, not just a given right through Jesus Christ - in 2 Thessalonians 1:11 we read that we should pray that we are counted worthy of this calling.

It is a matter of being "in Christ" i.e displaying the nature of the Kingdom who is Christ. If people hold grievances in the body of Christ they are living in evil, they are sanctified but their mind is not being changed from glory to glory, rather they are carnal and the results are death, i.e spiritual death, i.e unable to comprehend the Truth.

Please turn to Mark 4:9-11 - Jesus says to His disciples (to you and I) "unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of God."

Who are His disciples in this present day?
Is it all believers - or is it those that have appropriated Truth?
Look for your answer in John 8:31-32 - "if you continue in My Word, then you are My disciples indeed, and ye shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall set you free."
"But unto them that are without" and the Lord is speaking of Christians here, "all things are done in parables" they will not understand the mysteries of the Kingdom of God. The without people are portrayed in Matthew 13:15, which refers to Mark 4:12, which we have just read. For this people's heart waxes cold - it is a heart full of Adam's nature, their ears are dull of hearing and their eyes they have closed - speaking of spiritual discernment.

Jesus Gives a stern warning here, that not everybody is going to be able to understand the mysteries of the Kingdom. It will only be those who can spiritually discern as He says in Hebrews 5:13-14 - " For everyone that uses milk is unskillful in the Word of righteousness, for he is a babe, but strong meat belongs to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil," talking of those who are unskilled, and those of who exercise discernment.

Let us be a people that are challenged - a people that both want to understand the mysteries of the Kingdom and a people that walk in present day Truth. Not a people that will settle for whatever will be, will be.

In these end times, i.e the incoming Day of the Lord, we must be able to spiritually discern - how well we can spiritually discern is the measure of how well we are able to understand the mysteries of the Kingdom. Our understanding of these mysteries will give us an indication of how well we are comparing spiritual with spiritual - 1 Corinthians 2:13.

The Lord looks to His body for fruit, because it is the fruit that shows the season or the times in our lives.

Matthew 6:33 says "Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you" - what is going to be added, it will be the things of the Kingdom, the nature and the glory of the Kingdom found in the pattern Son of Jesus Christ.

To us as Christians, it is of great importance to know where the Kingdom of God is - to know of the spiritual dimensions, and to seek the righteousness of it. This will show a manifestation of the Kingdom of God as a present day reality.

The Kingdom of God is not something put off until another age or time.
The Kingdom of God is something we are growing into, to be birthed from us, being conformed into the image of Jesus - Romans 8:29.
To just know the Kingdom is incomplete.
To convince - there needs to be a manifestation of the fruit of it.

Let us look more closely at this - Please turn to Luke 17:21 and read "the Kingdom of God is within you", within in the Strong's Concordance is inside and in the Amplified Bible it is written "the Kingdom of God is in your hearts", the Lord looks upon the heart - not on who you are or who you are among, or what you are doing, but rather He looks upon one's motive and attitude of heart. The Lord wants to see a Kingdom people of 1 Peter 2:9 "a chosen generation, a royal priesthood," that will show forth the virtue of Jesus Christ - A fruitful lifestyle in people.

The Lord has always worked through people not a system. 2 Thessalonians 1:10-12 says He is going to come glorified in His saints. God's Kingdom is being born again in a people - 1 Peter 1:23 "Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever." As we change from the Adamic way of thinking to the mind of Christ, the Kingdom of God is being established in His body - to be manifested to the world.

You see Romans 14:17 says the Kingdom of God is not meat and drink, it is nothing to do with natural interpretation - but it is righteousness peace and joy - a manifestation of the fruit of the Holy Spirit.

How much fruit of the Spirit we have, is the measure of the Kingdom of God within us. How much love, faith, wisdom, long suffering, gentleness, patience, goodness etc is an indication of how much of God's Kingdom is being born in us.

Let's turn to Matthew 5:19-20. It is our participating in establishing the Kingdom, that is going to determine our position in it. The position in the Kingdom of God is righteousness and unless we exceed the righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees we will not enter or be part of the Kingdom dimension.

Where is the line drawn?

They (Pharisees and Sribes) had a religious spirit that could save themselves from hell, but it couldn't save others.
The Kingdom of God exceeds the Law by grace - grace is bigger and fuller than the Law - Romans 8:38-39.

Love is something the Law missed, love is the advancement of the Kingdom. 1 Corinthians 13:1 tells us that it does not matter what you look like or what you sound like, if you miss love, then you have missed everything - we must know that in this day!

In Matthew 5:44 Jesus says "love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, pray for them that despitefully use you and persecute you". Jesus was the Kingdom walking on the earth - His Word was the Kingdom Word. The Word of the Kingdom is to go the extra mile so that your light can shine before man and glorify the Father - Matthew 5:16, that is the Kingdom.

To receive Kingdom power is to appropriate the Word of the Lord.

Jesus wanted a dimension of power in His people that would change them into Kingdom people - but not just to be believers, but rather to be disciples. Let this mind be in you that is in Christ Jesus - Phil 2:5. He is wanting something of Himself in His people. That is 'His Creative Word' alive and burning. His aim is to establish His will in His people so that they will establish his Kingdom.

It is one thing to know of the Kingdom - it is another to want to establish it.
1 Corinthians 4:20 - "For the Kingdom of God is not in word, but in power." The word in that scripture is not the Word of God but refers to man's word.
It is not enough to say who we are -
the vision only speaks when others recognise who we are!!! - That then is the power of the Kingdom of God inside a people.

So Jesus said to Pilate "My Kingdom is not of this world" - it is a spiritual dimension founded in faith and is established by the appropriating of Word and Spirit into a lifestyle.

People as we continue to be obedient to the Word and as we continue to function in the Holy Spirit - fruit of Godliness will be produced it will and we will receive His Kingdom, now over ourselves, and in the reign to come.

We have been given time now to prepare as we move into this day of the Kingdom - this seventh day, the final day of the Lord.

Let's not waste the time!

Let us embrace Kingdom principles of change

Let us build the Kingdom of God from within - submitting to the will of God, through abstaining from evil and being sanctified by the Truth!