Ambassadors From Another Realm

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Series: Kingdom of God

Sun am 07 August 2011 – Kobus Swart

2 Cor. 10:3-6; Matt. 15:1-6; Rom. 8:14; Matt. 13; Deut. 4:1, 5-9

We must never allow the teaching of The Kingdom of God to simply become a doctrine in our minds. The moment a Biblical truth has become a doctrine, it attracts the religious spirit and it becomes a stronghold which holds us captive.

The same Word by which God created heaven and earth, and by which the universe is held together, can be invalidated by the traditions of men (Matt. 15:1-6). This should not surprise us, because Satan is a religious spirit parading as an angel of light and his ministries as angels of righteousness. Paul reminds us that these fortresses and opinions in the mind can be broken by the impartation of a living Word spoken by God’s messengers. For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete (2 Cor. 10:3-6). Paul was speaking on behalf of the Apostolic Company of his time.

What exactly do we understand by declaring as Jesus taught us, “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”? A practical illustration might help us to understand. Whenever a particular nation has an ambassador in another country, that ambassador represents that government that sent him and is protected by that government. As long as the ambassador lives and works according to the rules of his country, he has immunity and protection. In a similar way, the moment we are born again, we come under a new government – the Kingdom of heaven. In a sense, this means that we have “dual” citizenship – that of the nation in which we are born, and we are also a citizens of another realm. We become ambassadors of the Kingdom but we pray for the rules of the Kingdom of Heaven to influence the way we live in this realm. Under certain circumstances this can become a challenge, but we will look at that at a later stage.

The Kingdom of God is compared amongst other things, to a little seed that becomes a large tree. In the process of becoming a tree, this little seed first has to die. The right environment causes the death of the seed, and causes the seed to germinate and then to grow. As long as we have a “churchy” mindset, we will remain “church” and the world around us remains unaffected by us because we have a religious veneer that shields us from this domain in which the Kingdom must actually function. Unfortunately so many churches are not affecting their environment because they do not understand their mandate as Kingdom citizens; seeds, salt or leaven that must impact its surrounding cultures.

So often we forget that there are certain statutes decreed in the heavenly realm from which we are sent. The schoolmaster (Old Testament) serves as an example. “Now, O Israel, listen to the statutes and the judgments which I am teaching you to perform, so that you may live and go in and take possession of the land which the LORD, the God of your fathers, is giving you” (Deut. 4:1). There were certain rules within which they would take possession; there were certain guidelines given. See, I have taught you statutes and judgments just as the LORD my God commanded me, that you should do thus in the land where you are entering to possess it. So keep and do them, for that is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples who will hear all these statutes and say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people’ (Deut. 4:5-6).

There are certain guidelines given to us as Kingdom citizens by Scripture which will guarantee blessings from on high. When we live outside the statutes/guidelines of the Kingdom of God, we may still experience the occasional miracle and protection from God, but that could be only a sign of God’s mercy. We cannot continue to just live under the mercy of God. The previous seasons, in which a lot of mercy has covered Christians, is passing. In the wilderness The Israelites saw a lot of miracles. The moment you cross your “Jordan”, however, miracles cease and you have to live according to the rules in the land of promise.

“For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as is the LORD our God whenever we call on Him?” Or what great nation is there that has statutes and judgments as righteous as this whole law which I am setting before you today?“Only give heed to yourself and keep your soul diligently, so that you do not forget the things which your eyes have seen and they do not depart from your heart all the days of your life; but make them known to your sons and your grandsons(Deut. 4:7-9).

Do not take the mercy of God as your right; it protects you from the judgement that should come your way. God help us to bring our lives in line with the statutes of the Kingdom which we represent in this realm. This will make the world look again to the Christians – ambassadors of another realm – if we live according to the statutes of the Kingdom of God, which is now invading this realm and should manifest on earth. Clearly the world should see the difference between the Kingdom citizen and the citizen of this world.

Allow the Word to influence your lifestyle. We are ambassadors from another realm, ambassadors from God, on earth.

Religious Christianity has given the Kingdom citizen a bad name. Let’s change that.