Published in the Swedish magazine Spectra 1987/1
The Kingdom of God was an important concept for Jesus. According to the Gospels, he used it extremely often. The first three Gospels use the “Kingdom of God” more than eighty times. Half of these Bible passages point to the Kingdom of God here and now, and half point to the Kingdom of God in the future. However, in the Gospels, Jesus speaks very little about the church. Only twice does he use the word church / congregation, both times in Matthew. The Kingdom of God was the central theme of Jesus’ preaching.
Through Jesus we enter the Kingdom of God. This Kingdom is a reality and is manifested in Jesus’ person and ministry. It turns out that Jesus forgives sins, casts out demons, heals the sick, raises the dead, and performs other miracles. In the healing of the demon-possessed, it is clear how Jesus had invaded the strong man’s house, bound him in a position to be able to plunder him on his estate. Matt. 12: 28-29. The Kingdom of God breaks into the domains of evil. Satan’s power is broken.
Today we are set to do the same deeds that Jesus did and even greater. John 14:12. Nothing can be impossible for those who go out into the world, equipped with the power of Jesus, as ambassadors of the Kingdom of God. Luke 18: 18-f. The whole miraculous activity of Jesus is a testament to the coming Kingdom, where Jesus alone is King.
God had a plan for creation and humanity. That everything created would live in complete harmony with God and each other. But this relationship was broken by the rebellion of Lucifer (Isa. 14: 12-15) and the fall of Adam. Through Jesus’ victory on the cross, we were reconciled to God and received salvation, healing, deliverance and restoration. The plan of the Kingdom of God includes that all creation be freed from the power of the devil. We are set to proclaim the Kingdom of God. We will not wait with this until Jesus comes back to pick up, to heaven, those who believe in Him. We will prepare for Jesus’ arrival by now making visible, concretizing, restoring and building the Kingdom of God. Acts 28: 23.31; Matt. 24:14.
The Kingdom of God begins in our inner man and will increasingly appear in the visible world. For the Kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Rom.14:17. For the Kingdom of God does not consist in words, but in power. 1 Cor. 4:20.
The citizens of the Kingdom of God are filled with the fruitsof the Spirit, which is love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Gal. 5: 22-23.
Only the righteous will inherit the Kingdom of God. 1 Cor. 6: 9. Who are the righteous? Here the Bible is very clear. The justified is the one who has received Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour. Through self-righteousness we never enter the Kingdom of God. But if we confess our sins and accept Jesus Christ as our personal Saviour and confess Him as Lord, then we are redeemed through the blood of Jesus. Then you can come to Our Father in heaven without sin, guilt or inferiority.
HOLISTIC VIEW OF LIFE
As citizens of the Kingdom of God, we have a holistic view of life. Jesus is Lord and King in the Kingdom of God. We are called to be co-regents with him. The Kingdom of God will be made visible in all areas of life to salvation, deliverance, restoration, blessing, unity, love and success. Let me name seven areas that we are called to recapture for the Kingdom of God.
1) The home and the family. This is the basis of society. It is the devil who tries to divide families and mislead people into living in unnatural conditions.
2) The body of Christ, i.e. church / parish. It is high time now that believers stand up and take God’s Word seriously, i.e. obey God uncompromisingly.
3) School and teaching. The school should be based on the Word of God and not on the doctrine of humanism, which has made man an idol.
4) Media should be used in the service of the Kingdom of God.
5) Culture, entertainment and sports. Jesus should be Lord in all areas of life.
6) Politics and public administration. We will pray for political leaders and administrators, so the nation will flourish with peace, freedom, justice, security, good development and care.
7) Business, entrepreneurship and agriculture. Abraham, Joseph, and Paul were businessmen in the Kingdom of God and were a great blessing to many.
If God’s people, in Sweden, who are called by His Name, begin to humble themselves before God, pray, seek God’s will, obey Him and turn from their wicked ways, then God will hear from heaven and forgive their sins, heal and save Sweden’s country. 2 Chron. 7:14. God wants to bless Sweden. Let us make the Kingdom of God visible in Sweden.