Kingdom of God

What Is It & Where Is It?

By: Lucinda Evans

What is the Kingdom of God and where is it?

The Kingdom of God is throughout the universe (His creation). It is where He rules and reigns and since He is omnipresent, the kingdom in essence is everywhere. Experientially, it is where he is given the preeminence as Lord. One of the problems that we have today is that we have a tendency to base all things upon what we see or how we perceive something to be through our natural understanding. When Jesus came, he carried a message that was not only radical, but few could understand. For many generations the nation of Israel had awaited the coming of their Messiah who would establish His kingdom in the earth and reign from David's throne.

 Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not of this world; if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now is my kingdom not from hence." John 18:36

And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, "The kingdom of God cometh not with observation; neither shall they say, Lo here! Or, lo there! For, behold, the kingdom of God is within you." John 17:20-21

Such a statement must have totally unnerved them, yet even today many are awaiting the coming of the kingdom of God, not understanding that it is not only here, but within us! Jesus clearly stated that the kingdom of God could not be naturally observed. It could not be recognized through the natural senses. In this statement above, Jesus literally brought God and His kingdom from a place that man felt that he could not touch, to a place where God and His kingdom could be experienced, but this was not what they wanted to hear. This did not fit into their interpretation of the scriptures. This was not what they believed. They were awaiting their Messiah who would not only establish their kingdom, but would condemn the ungodly nations around them. But Jesus emphatically stated:

"For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved". John 3:17

The book of Hebrews tells us that we receiving (note the present tense vernacular) an unshakable kingdom which cannot be shaken nor can it be moved:

"And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:" Hebrews 12:28

The new birth not only allows us entrance into His kingdom but further establishes and expands it experientially here within the earth. Jesus answered and said unto him in John 3:3,

"Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God". Then answering Nicodemus' question in vs. 4 Jesus answered, "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit". John 3:5-6. Through the new birth we are born of the Holy Spirit, no longer the children of the flesh, but we have become the children of God. Now being born of the Holy Spirit, we now have the eyes to see and the ears to hear beyond our 5 natural senses. No longer to be deaf nor blind in the realm of the Spirit, but rather a partaker of the divine inheritance. A supernatural people with the gospel of the kingdom. Everywhere that Jesus went, he preached the gospel (good news) of the kingdom of God.

"The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent ye, and believe the gospel". (Mark 1:15)

Now He has sent us just as He sent out the seventy:

"And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you". (Luke 10:9)

Where He rules, the kingdom is. Where the kingdom is, the sick become the healed of the Lord. Just as He gave power and authority to the seventy, so He has given it unto us. He commissioned the children of God in Mark 16:16-18. According to Peter (1Peter 2:9), we are a royal priesthood, a holy nation. We are peculiar because we walk according to the leading of the Holy Spirit and lean not to our own understanding (five physical senses). We walk by faith and not by sight. We are kings and priest unto our God (Rev. 1:6) and we reign in LIFE:

"..much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ. Romans 5:17

And finally, Paul in his letter to the Romans (chapter 14 vs. 17) stated:

"For the kingdom of God is not meat or drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost".

The voice of our Lord is still speaking in this hour to bring us to an understanding of the kingdom of God. Spiritually, all of the children of God have entered into His kingdom, but He wants us to enter it experientially. Not to wait for His promises off in some distant future, but to enter into them now and experience His sovereignty, His goodness, and His kingdom. According to Ephesians 2:6, He has already raised us up to sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. We're on the throne! Let us rule from there in Him. "For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power". 1Cor. 4:20

And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down which accused them before our God day and night. Revelation 12:10