We hear the term “Kingdom” tossed about the Body quite often; but what Kingdom would that be? Or…What is the difference between the various Kingdoms mentioned, such as the "Kingdom of Heaven" and the "Kingdom of God?" Where are they? And…. If we are priests and kings, what do we reign over?
The Kingdom of Heaven - A Spiritual Womb
To explain this, we will start first with a word about the Kingdom of Heaven, which is like “our place of growth and development” from where we undergo our “wilderness experiences.” The Kingdom of Heaven is also known as The Net or it is sometimes referred to as a “womb or incubation place” which supports our spiritual growth, as we “mature in Christ.” Thus you see many references to this growth process in Scripture, such as with the parable from Matthew 13:31-32 (KJV):
"The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof."
The Kingdom of God - The Ultimate Goal
However you describe it, The Kingdom of Heaven is “where” we find ourselves, right here on earth after we “join” the Body. But as we develop into the Church and as we grow spiritually, the goal is to become the living embodiment of the Spirit or of...the Kingdom of God.
"Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. that which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit." - John 3:5-6 (KJV)
When we understand that "water" refers to mercy and the Spirit involves the healing and transforming power of the Grace of God within us.... we know that walking in Mercy and Grace are the foundation stones for true spiritual growth....unto salvation (full transformation/transfiguration of the soul by the Spirit.)
So another way you could say all of this is that,…We enter the Kingdom of Heaven so we can have the position (forgiveness and mercy), we can have the standing with God (Holy Spirit abiding within us) and we can have the conditions (support of the family in Christ)... to be able to be "formed into" the Kingdom of God; and I will define the Kingdom of God as the fully transformed and transfigured condition & consciousness of the soul, having come to abide in complete union with the Living Spirit of God. (I can relate, if you have to read that one a couple of times to get it.)
Well, we certainly have a lot of very important “soul work” to accomplish. So, as we journey through the Kingdom of Heaven, with our wonderful goal carried in our hearts and minds...of experiencing full and eternal union of our souls with the Spirit of God …well, we can safely say, that indeed… there is a very important purpose for which we “enter” the Kingdom of Heaven.
Teach, Baptize and Teach
Thus, Jesus instructed us at the end of Matthew to “teach, baptize (identify with Jesus), and teach more” so that not only would we “enter” into the Kingdom of Heaven (process unto salvation,) but that we would fulfill the purpose for having entered, that we might “finish the race” and finish lawfully, as led by the Spirit of God.
We hold the keys
“And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” – Matthew 16:19 (KJV)
“Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.” – John 20:23 (KJV)
As for what we reign over…..this would not be people or even things, but over our choice to turn away from the habits/ways/wiles of the old nature and embrace the spiritual nature, thereby choosing responses to life’s events that reflect that relationship with the Spirit of God.
We hold The Keys……and as we love and forgive on earth, this frees the mercy of God toward ourselves….Hmmm. For more on this, please see the article, “Binding and Loosing” by Pastor Newmyer in the Study Resources area of our Website.
Thank you for joining us here and may God bless and guide you on your journey from Kingdom to Kingdom.
Sincerely…..Ann M. Wolf
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