In Matthew 3:2, John the Baptist told us, “And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
In this post, we are not going to discuss repentance. Instead, we are going to touch on the subject of the “Kingdom of Heaven.”
According to Paul, the Kingdom of Heaven cannot be seen or understood by our fleshly desires, needs, or ideas.
Rather, God’s imparts unto us His characteristics through grace as we through complete submission become conformed to His image.
He said, “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.”
Daniel wrote about the coming kingdom in one of his visions,
“I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven,
and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.
And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him:
his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.”
In the Lord’s Prayer, we are commanded to pray for the coming kingdom as citizens of that kingdom while on Earth,
“Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10
Adam Clarke states about our current participation as citizens in God’s kingdom,
“Righteousness, without mixture of sin; peace, without strife or contention; joy, in the Holy Ghost, spiritual joy, without mixture of misery!
And all this, it is possible, by the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, to enjoy here below.
How then does heaven itself differ from this state?
It makes the righteousness eternal, the peace eternal, and the joy eternal.
This is the heaven of heavens!
The phrase, kingdom of heaven, ‘malcuth shamayim’, is frequently used by the rabbinical writers,
and always means, the purity of the Divine worship, and the blessedness which a righteous man feels when employed in it.”
So let us pray for and live in His kingdom now as a sanctified and righteous people set apart to His service and glory.
Only by the grace of God poured down upon us is this possible. His grace is transformative as it teaches us how to live right now in His kingdom!
“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee” Titus 2:11-15.
Jesus promises His Kingdom to those that obey His commandments, love Him with all their heart, mind, soul, and strength, and love others as themselves.
Let God purify you. Worship Him. Employ yourself in His Heavenly will.
Come, live in His kingdom.