Series: Kingdom of God; Sonship
Sun 11 August 2019 – Riaan Sinden
Matt. 6:9-10, 33; 1 Chr. 29:11-13; Gen. 1:26; Gen. 2:19; Gen. 3:15; Gal. 4:4-5; Matt 11:27; Matt 28:18; Eph. 1:22-23; Ecc. 10:16-17; Matt. 24:14; Psa. 34:8; Matt. 5:10, 20; Matt 19:14; Matt 4:12-17; Matt. 13:18-23; (Heb. 5:8); (John 5:19)
The Bible says, But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness (Matt. 6:33). It is not hidden but we need to seek the truth of it for ourselves. Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. ‘Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven (Matt. 6:9-10). If this prayer becomes part of your life, it can completely transform you. Let us start unpacking this piece of the prayer. Whenever the Bible talks about ‘kingdom’ it talks about the rule, His rule, His dominion, His authority, His government. So when Jesus said, Your kingdom come. Your will be done, it is saying ‘Your rule come, Your government, Your authority as it is in heaven so also on earth’.
When we talk about kingdom we talk about God’s rule. He is the King of kings, it is His rule. Any other type of rule is a false rule (1 Chron. 29:11-12). This is the revelation of David in singing His praises. It is important to understand that sovereign rule belongs to God. However, what we need to realise is that God’s rule comes by a medium of representation. What I mean by this is that from the very beginning when God created heaven and earth, God’s desire was to be known, to be visible. God wanted to be seen, He wanted to be felt, He wanted to be heard, He wanted a body to represent Him; that was God’s desire from the beginning. So once He created heaven and earth and started to create animals, He then said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness… (Genesis 1:26). And he created Adam in His image and likeness and there was this representative of God on the earth but a representation with nothing to do. Then God gave the first order, “Have dominion over the things that I have created” (Genesis 1:26). Just to have dominion is walking in the character, the person of, and like God. He gave Adam that first instruction, that first taste of a heavenly experience on earth.
So we know the story about Adam and Eve – that when they fell, their rule was surrendered and they lost the authority to rule. However, God gave them (and satan) a sneak preview of what was to come. God, speaking to satan said, And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel (Genesis 3:15). So out of the seed of a woman would rise of a Son, who would destroy the headship of the enemy. Somebody was coming that would retake this rule and He would crush the headship of the one who stole it. But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons (Galatians 4:4-5). Through Christ, God redeemed us and adopted us as sons. So we are not being restored to the first Adam, we are being restored to the image of the last Adam. The interesting bit is that the last Adam was actually before the first Adam (Col 1:16), so we are being restored not to the Garden of Eden but rather to a time before that, when everything was in Him. The first Adam had dominion over the planet but the last Adam has dominion over all things and that is what we are being restored to, that is what we are being framed for. We are being restored to the image of the last Adam. What we need to realise here is we are being restored as His body. We are the body of Christ. What this means is if Christ is somewhere, we are at that same place. If Christ is seated in heavenly places, we are seated in heavenly places. If Christ rules over everything, we rule over everything but we need to be in Christ. Anything outside of Christ is you just you doing your own thing, you building your throne; but in Christ we are seated in heavenly places. We need to understand that. All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him (Matt. 11:27). He wills to reveal the Father to us, that is His heart, He is not trying to hide anything. Even when we talk about the mysteries of the kingdom, it is not a mystery because nobody is supposed to find it; Jesus Christ wants to reveal this to us. Jesus approached and, breaking the silence, said to them, All authority (all power of rule) in heaven and on earth has been given to Me (Matt. 28:18, AMPC). The kingdom of God is the eternal sovereign rule of God in and through Christ, through the medium of the Church, being the body of Christ, and we can call them the redeemed ones, the corporate man or the corporate son. But it is the sovereign rule of God through Christ or in Christ in us.
When we pray, “Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”, we need to understand that it comes from a people who are completely surrendered to God. It is the Church’s responsibility to bring the rule of God as it is in heaven so also on earth. If we do not understand this we will probably continue to pray this prayer for another two thousand years. When we pray, it must come through a people surrendered to God. It is our responsibility to manifest God in this world, to manifest His kingdom. There is a maturity required to carry this responsibility; authority is not given to a child. Authority is given to a son and the responsibility for the kingdom will not be entrusted to a child because the child squanders his inheritance, but a son is in charge of the whole estate (Eccl. 10:16-17). Blessed is the land whose king is a son because now there is authority, now there is a rule, now the son is responsible. A mature son is a person who walks in complete obedience to His heavenly Father; this is the standard of sonship. Jesus put it this way “I only do what I see my Father in heaven doing, I only say what I hear my Father in heaven saying”, that is the standard of sonship (John 5:19).
We need a revelation of representation. To represent somebody higher than you means you are ambassador. In this case, we are the representatives of God on earth. In God’s kingdom only a son can be an ambassador. God waited for 30 years for Jesus to become a son, and Jesus learned obedience through the things he suffered (Heb. 5:8), that is why obedience is so important. A mature son is obedient only to the voice of God. Once again God is waiting for a child to become a son and the Church needs to step up to their place of maturity. The Church needs to come to a place where the kingdom can be entrusted to them so that the kingdom can come. It is going to happen through a people completely surrendered to the plan of God.
Our presence should influence our environment. God has given us individually a place, an area, a dominion to rule over and God has given us corporately a domain to rule over; an area where we must bring His kingdom. But that kingdom and rule must first come in our minds. If His kingdom does not come in your mind then it cannot come through you. The kingdom must first come in this earth (our minds) before it can come in earth. This means we need to be plugged into the throne of God continuously. Seeking first the kingdom of God is the priority for us.
Once you understand kingdom, once you understand rule then you will not stress about other things. There is no need to stress about what we will eat, drink, or about your job because you will rule over your circumstances. The kingdom must come in this earth first. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come (Matt. 24:14). It is only once everybody has experienced the rule of God through a people surrendered to God; then the end will come.
How do we preach the kingdom, what must we say, and what must we do? Very simple: be salt and light. Influence every area that you move in. If there is darkness, the minute that you step in, there should be no more darkness! David saw this (Psalms 34:8). This is salt and light, taste and see! Can we say this to the world, where we go, “Come, taste and see that the Lord is good”? Can they taste His goodness, can they see His goodness, and do you bring the light in the darkest of situations? When you see the news do you make declarations in line with the kingdom? This is a declaration in word but also through your life because your life declares the goodness of the Lord. We need to influence our domain with His righteousness. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake. For theirs is the kingdom of heaven (Matt. 5:10). Jesus also said, For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven (Matt. 5:20). Then he says: But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness… (Matt. 6:33). There is a link between kingdom and righteousness that we need to understand. There is also a connection between children and the kingdom (Matt. 19:14) because if you can come with a childlike faith, it opens door for the rule of God.
We need to submit to His word until His word becomes flesh in our lives. After Jesus was tempted in the wilderness (Matthew 4:12-17) the first thing Jesus did was He started preaching the kingdom of God. If the word of God becomes flesh in your life then people do not see you anymore. It is not about how good you can speak, or how cool you are; it is about Him. We need to live life in complete surrender to God and once you have surrendered your life to God then He is in control. Being that representative means to honour God in everything that you hold dear. The earth and everything in it belong to Him and so we become stewards of what God gave us. We always seek His kingdom first.
Jesus tells the parable that the kingdom of God is like a sower who went out to sow (Matt. 13:18-23). Some of the seeds (the word) fell on hard ground, some of it fell between the thorns it was choked, some of it was caught and some fell on fertile ground. We are the fertile ground, but still, the Bible said he brought forth thirty, sixty and hundredfold. It is our responsibility to prepare our hearts and become a people completely surrendered, seeking God in everything that we do, seeking the kingdom for God to be manifested in us. That is the people that stand in the gap between heaven and earth. As it is in heaven the manifestation will be seen on earth.