Series: The Kingdom Of God
Sun am 03 June 2018- Riaan Sinden
(Gen. 1:1, 26-28); Mark. 1:14-15; Rom. 8:19-20; (Luke 2:49); Matt. 3:17; Acts 14:22; (Gen. 3:9-10); Matt. 6:9, 25, 33; Luke 16:13; (John 5:19); Heb. 2:5-9; Rom. 14:18; Prov. 21:21 (AMP); 1 Pet. 3:11 (AMP); Ps. 96:11-13
Today’s word is about people of relevance. To be a relevant people in this world we need to be a kingdom people. We can talk about the kingdom forever because it is an ever-increasing kingdom and there is always more revelation. That is why we should always ask for more. It is an ever-increasing unveiling in our lives. When Jesus started talking about the kingdom the people thought it was about a political, geographical kingdom. We know it is so much more, that is what Jesus was trying to birth in them. What we need to understand about the kingdom of God is that it is about His rule and His reign over us; His sovereign reign over everything He created. The first verse of the Bible says, “God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1). Then God did something that the angels and principalities did not expect. He created man in His image and in His likeness (Gen. 1:26-28). The same capacity that is in God is invested in man. Not only did God create man in His image, He gave them rule and dominion over the things He created. How would they rule? The criteria is ‘multiply and be fruitful’. When you are fruitful, you are bringing forth after your own kind, you are bringing forth what is inside of you. Fill the earth with God! That is the image; that is the likeness! There point of having children is to bring forth after your own kind; bring forth the image and the likeness of God! When you speak, you speak life and you are reconciling men to God. That is the kingdom of God. When you talk about the kingdom, you are talking about the rule of God, His Sovereign rule.
Dominion is the extent of His rule, the things He rules over. The word ‘kingdom’ will literally mean His rule and His reign over the things He created. It is so important to understand that it has all been given to us. We are the people that have been deputised to do that. We are not merely living and waiting for a time for the unveiling of the kingdom. Here there is a job to do.
Do we really understand what God deposited in us? If we could have one glimpse, our lives would change. When Adam fell, God cursed the ground because the stewards failed. The whole of creation is waiting to once again see man taking his rightful place. The one who had dominion failed and creation was put on hold. For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope(Rom. 8:19-20). There is so much that must still be unveiled in our lives.
At the age of twelve, Jesus said to his parents that He had to be about His Father’s business (Luke 2:49) then at the age of thirty Jesus made His appearance and the Father says,“This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased”(Matt. 3:17). Jesus was the first amongst many brethren. What we are waiting for is a voice that will say: “This is my Son”, a corporate Son, not a divided son. Then the Father will say, “Now represent me in everything that I am”.When Jesus taught His disciples to pray, the prayer is all about the kingdom (Matt. 6:9) He connected His disciples to sonship; He gave them back their identity as sons. He took them back to the “Garden of Eden”. “This is where you belong, this is your reign! You are sons!”The disciples knew that the business of the kingdom of God could only be handed down to a son. They knew that it was connecting them to the rule and the reign of the kingdom. That could only happen if there was a representation of God on the earth. Adam was an exact representation of God and of what was happening in the heavenlies. He ruled on earth in the same way God ruled everything. The disciples realized that what they had known before was far off and this was something much deeper. This was about bringing heaven to earth.
One thing we need to understand is that this responsibility will only be handed down to a mature son who has been tested and tried over years (Acts 14:22). Ultimately, the rule of the kingdom cannot be given to a child. It can only be given to an exact representation in a people called the corporate Son. So God rules from heaven through His son Jesus Christ, through a people who are in Him. The kingdom must first be established in us, in this earth (us), in our mind and in our soul. It comes first in us. It is through obedience. Jesus said, “I do nothing unless I see my father do it” (John 5:19). The kingdom comes to a people who have given their all to be obedient to His voice. His life and obedience ultimately led Him to death on the cross, but through that, the kingdom has come!
When Adam fell, his mind was confused. He ran, hid and covered himself. If you are not obedient in your mind and your life, you will always be afraid and naked (Gen.3:9-10). You will always try to make a living instead of understanding that God is Your provider. That is an ‘orphan mentality’. The things we seek after will determine what is important in our lives (Matt. 6:25). We can then succumb to dual citizenship, but we are not dual citizens; we are ambassadors on earth but we are kingdom citizens. The moment we seek after other things, we clearly fall into the trap of serving two masters (Luke 16:13). I am not against prosperity, but if prosperity is the primary reason for what you do, you are serving two masters. If I earn more or if I earn less, He is my provider (Matt.6:33). We have it all wrong if we go around seeking other things and hope God’s kingdom will follow. Even when we teach our children as they choose their careers, first teach them how to hear God’s voice, first teach them how to get the purposes of God into their lives. First teach them to submit to God and be obedient to God’s voice. Then when they choose their career, it will not be because of the money, it will be because they want serve God and establish God’s kingdom where they are. Then the provision of God will follow them.
If we do not understand the kingdom, we will create something that is in complete opposition to the kingdom of God. We will think we are busy with the kingdom of God when we are not; we are busy establishing our own thrones. I am not saying it is wrong to work hard. While you are working, make sure it is what God is doing because His provision is where He is. Adam ruled everything in the Garden of Eden and everything he needed was made available to him. All he had to do was bring heaven to earth. God’s kingdom is advanced through people, and those people are the corporate Son (Heb. 2:5-9). Legally we are the sons of God but we need to grow up into the Head, which is Christ. Christ, who is the Head, will only find a resting place in a mature Son.
God is not satisfied with lip-service, He is looking at your life. It is how we live that is important. Our lives must reflect the kingdom of God in righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (Rom. 14:18). If the kingdom comes in our lives, we will be acceptable to God and approved by men. We must bring righteousness to earth wherever we go. In Christ, we became the righteousness of God (Prov. 21:21 AMP). We must bring peace that surpasses all understanding in our lives (1 Pet. 3:11 AMP). And joy comes in the Holy Spirit because the Spirit takes from Christ and reveals it in us. When Christ is revealed in us then there is joy. Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; Let the sea roar, and all it contains; Let the field exult, and all that is in it. Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy. Before the Lord, for He is coming,For He is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness. And the peoples in His faithfulness (Ps. 96:11-13). Once Christ is revealed in us, then creation will break forth into praise because they are waiting for the revealing of the sons. Represent His kingdom everywhere you are and everywhere you go. There must be a representation of the kingdom. It must first happen in my life and in my family, only then can I take it everywhere else. We must take the mysteries of the kingdom and represent them on earth.