Welcome to the Kingdom of God Teaching Series! Thank you for joining us in this foundational study of who we are as the people of YHVH, which is the Body of Christ. Please read on as we begin this series with this introductory session – The Kingdom is Come.
What is a Kingdom?
According to the Merriam-Webster Thesaurus, a kingdom is a region or area of activity, knowledge, and/or influence. Within a kingdom or domain, the way one thinks, the things one knows and one’s actions should be reflective of such environment.
With this in mind, the Kingdom of God Teaching Series is created to assist us in understanding the domain that we are a part of so that we can be effective and efficient members who are well aligned with who we should be.
Matthew 12:28 “But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.” cf Luke 11:20
At the time of creation, God’s desire to have a people with whom He can fellowship was manifested. Even though sin and death entered in, His desire did not change. Thus, years after sin caused a separation between humankind and God, He called Abraham to a land that he, Abraham, did not know of and covenanted with him to create a nation for Himself. That covenant was the Covenant of Law; but it was not good enough to create the people God desired. Nonetheless it foreshadowed the greater plan that the LORD had. This plan was the Covenant of Grace and Love, which brought forth an everlasting KINGDOM.
A prepared body was given to the Son of God, Yeshua our Messiah, and He came to redeem man back to God once and for all AND to establish the Kingdom of God. Therefore, the Kingdom is not coming; but rather, It Has Come! It is HERE!
From the beginning of Yeshua’s ministry on earth to His resurrection, He preached the Kingdom of God. He picked up where John left off. Mark 1:14-15declares,
“Now after that John was put in prison, [Yeshua] came into Galilee preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye and believe the gospel.’”
Acts 1:1-3 continues further,
“… of all that [Yeshua] began to do and teach, until the day in which He was taken up, after that He through the Holy Ghost had given the commandment unto the apostles whom He had chosen: to whom also He showed Himself alive after His passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.”
Messiah’s assignment on earth was completed; He established the Kingdom of God on earth then He instructed the first apostles to carry on the work of the kingdom. They picked up from where He left off as we are now to continue the work.
Next Thursday, we will learn more about what the Kingdom of God is. When did this kingdom come into effect? What is it really about? Let us know what are your thoughts in the comment section below.
Thank you for joining us as we learn together and grow together. Let’s continue in our exploration of the Kingdom! See you next week!