The other day God revealed to me that the Kingdom of God is within us! Even though I had read this in scripture before, I didn’t really get it. The revelation that I had was this: God’s Kingdom is His reign and rule in our lives, and we can have it now! Just like the Pharasies who were waiting for a physical kingdom to come in their day, so too was I thinking that the Kingdom of God = Heaven. Wrong. Heaven is a place, and the Kingdom of God is His reign and rule. I mean, the Kingdom of God will be operating in Heaven, but “thy Kingdom come on earth as it is in Heaven”.
Read in Luke 17:20-21: Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; 21 nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.”
The thing that really blew me away with all of this is that it now makes total sense how come the Word can say things like 1 Cor 6:9-10:
Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God
I used to think that this meant that those who practise such things were going to hell – and they might if they don’t repent and turn to Jesus, but of course they won’t inherit the Kingdom of God whilst practising these things – because this isn’t God’s rule and reign in your life! Quite the opposite in fact!
Point to pray about: does this explain the apparent paradox between salvation (being saved, going to Heaven) and entering the Kingdom of God? Are they two different things? I don’t know yet. Something to pray into.