The Promised Kingdom
“For thine is the kingdom …”
Matthew 6:13a; NASB
A kingdom can be no better than its king, any more than the countries of this world can be any better than their political leaders. The character of the leaders of a country is reflected in the character of the country.
All heaven and earth consist of two kingdoms—
The kingdom of God, which is an everlasting kingdom filled with his eternal character and his children and—
the kingdom of this world, which is temporary, filled with the temporary ruler’s character, which is Satan, and those who are his children.
The Kingdom of God:
“Thine, O LORD,
is the greatness and the power and the glory
and the victory and the majesty,
indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth;
Thine is the dominion, O LORD,
and Thou dost exalt Thyself as head over all.”
1 Chronicles 29:11
The Kingdoms of This World:
Note nothing, according to 1 Chronicles 29:1, is beyond the authority, power, victory, or majesty of God’s kingdom—including the temporary dominion the devil has had in this world through the fear of death, brought about by sin. Those still in his clutches have rejected truth. They, like Eve in the garden of Eden, have rejected God as their King and embraced the prince of this world and his lies for he is—
- “the prince of the power of the air,
- the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience … Ephesians 2:2b;
Jesus said unto them,
If God were your Father, ye would love me:
for I proceeded forth and came from God;
neither came I of myself, but he sent me.
Why do ye not understand my speech?
- Even because ye cannot hear my word.
- Ye are of your father the devil,
- and the lusts of your father ye will do.
- He was a murderer from the beginning,
- and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him.
- When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own:
- for he is a liar, and the father of it.” John 8: 44-42; KJV
If God is our Father, we will love Jesus, God the Son. Satan has no power over us, for our power rests in the One who is head over all. We have been moved from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light, with the promises given to those who love God.
Children of the King’s Promise
it is not the children of the flesh who are children of God,
but the children of the promise
are regarded as descendants …
In the same way God,
desiring even more to show to the heirs of the promise
the unchangeableness of His purpose,
interposed with an oath,
in order that by two unchangeable things,
in which it is impossible for God to lie,
we may have strong encouragement,
we who have fled for refuge in laying hold
of the hope set before us.”
Romans 9:8; Hebrews 6:17,18;NASB
A Few Kingdom Promises:
“I kept looking in the night visions,
And behold, with the clouds of heaven
One like a Son of Man was coming,
And He came up to the Ancient of Days
And was presented before Him,
And to Him was given dominion
Which will not pass away;
And His kingdom is one
Which will not be destroyed …
But the saints of the Highest One
will receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever,
for all ages to come …
The LORD shall reign forever and ever.”
Daniel 7:13,14,18; Exodus 15:18; NASB
Revelation 21 paints us a picture of this everlasting kingdom.
- God will dwell with us.
- He will wipe all tears from our eyes.
- There will be no death, no pain.
- We will drink of the water of life freely.
- It is the inheritance of those who overcome this world.
- It will be a place of great beauty,
- A place with no temple, sun, or moon for the Lord and the Lamb will be the temple and their glory will be its light.
- Nothing unclean or any one who practices abomination or lying, will enter it,
- Only the ones with their names written in the Lamb’s book of life will be allowed in.
Jesus Christ is the one and only one who will usher in his kingdom—
“which He will bring about at the proper time—
He who is the blessed and only Sovereign,
the King of kings and Lord of lords;
who alone possesses immortality
and dwells in unapproachable light;
whom no man has seen or can see.
To Him be honor and eternal dominion! Amen.”
1 Timothy 6:16; NASB
For Thought: Think about it. Two kingdoms, completely opposite, the kingdom of God, for the children of promise, and the kingdom of darkness for the children of the father of lies. Eternal is the only characteristic common to both. Which have you chosen to inherit?