I John 4:17 says that "as He is, so are we in this world."
God is love and loved the world so much that He sent Jesus on a mission to establish an entrance into His kingdom by reconciling the world back to Him through the shedding of His blood for their sins. Jesus went about demonstrating the love of the Father by preaching and teaching on the kingdom of God and healing those who had need of healing.
He called twelve to be His disciples, revealing to them the mysteries of the kingdom and demonstrating to them the power of the kingdom so that they could know how to continue teaching and building His kingdom after He left.
"Then He called His twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. And He sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick." Luke 9:1,2
"And He said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily, and follow me." Luke 9:23
When He had carried His cross and hung on it to shed His blood for the remission of sins, He had accomplished his assignment, proclaiming "It is finished".. Before He ascended back to the Father, Jesus commissioned His followers to continue His teaching with these words: "Peace be unto you: as my Father has sent me, even so send I you. And when He had said this, he breathe on them and saith, unto them, Received ye the Holy Ghost." John 20:21,22
He sent His disciples out with these words , "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." Mark 16:15
Is the message of the gospel of the kingdom being preached and taught today as Jesus and the early church taught it? How much does the average church goer today even know about the kingdom of God? I can not honestly say I've ever heard a full sermon on the kingdom of God in a church service I've attended since I have been a Christian. If so, I don't remember it. I actually first learned about it by watching a television minister. After that I began to search the scriptures to see what it said about the kingdom of God.
I lay no claims of understanding all there is to know about the kingdom of God. I am however continually seeking to learn more about it for only then can I know how to obey His command to "seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness" I must first perceive the kingdom before I can master living in it. Jesus said to Nicodemus that only those who have been born again by the Spirit can see and enter into the kingdom of God. The mysteries of the kingdom are readily opened to all those that are born of the Spirit and seek after it by faith.
He told Pilate "My kingdom is not of this world." (John 18:36)
"Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice." (John 18:37)
Many proclaim that Jesus is King of kings and Lord of lords but how many Christians actually live under the lordship of Jesus today and seek the kingdom? I think this is because they have not been taught much about the kingdom. They do not know the mysteries of the kingdom of God nor understand how it is to operate in their lives. Jesus taught that the kingdom of God was a spiritual kingdom. It is within the believer that He rules and reigns in their hearts by His presence through the power of the Holy Spirit.
As Christ is so are we in this world. To this end we were born again and for this cause we are sent out to the world, that we should bear witness unto the truth of Christ and the kingdom of God.
We are living in the final days of the dispensation of grace when entrance into the kingdom is given to those who receive Christ by grace through faith into their hearts. His kingdom is yet spiritual but soon the King will return to fulfill the prophecy of His kingship and the kingdoms of this world will become the kingdom of our God and of His Christ. We who are citizens of His spiritual kingdom now shall rule and reign with Him in His kingdom on this earth. How we rule and reign with Him in the kingdom to come will be determined by how we have served Him in the kingdom during our days in this life.
How much do you actually know about the kingdom of God? Are you seeking His kingdom and His righteousness in your life? Are you diligently searching the scriptures to discover the mysteries of the kingdom? Only when we understand the kingdom and how it operates can we truly walk by faith and walk in the power of the Spirit. The Spirit of truth was sent by Jesus to live in us so that He can teach us all about His kingship and the kingdom. If we ask Him, He will show us how to rule and reign in this life so that we can pick up our cross and follow Jesus, walking in victory over sin as He did. Then we will be prepared to preach and teach the full gospel that He and the early church taught, the gospel of the kingdom. Then and only then will we be prepared to be over-comers in this life and reap the full reward of sitting with Him in His throne, ruling and reigning with Him in glory in the age to come.
As Christ is so are we in this world.
May the Spirit of Truth guide us into all the truth of the gospel of the kingdom so that we can fully experience all God has for us to the praise and glory of Jesus our Lord and King.