In 1988 archaeologists found the tomb of Charlemagne, the great and emperor of France. When the tomb was opened, after being closed for many centuries, the men who entered it found something amazing . They found certain treasures of the kingdom. But in the center of the large vault was a marble stone, and seated on the throne was the skeleton of Charlemagne, with an open Bible on this lap, and a bony finger pointing at Matthew 18:26, “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul?”
This was a lesson from an earthly king with a earthly kingdom. Charlemagne is saying to us, “All of my power, riches, and glory are not enough. There is another Kingdom which you must come to understand. Th good news that Jesus taught us was “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.” (Matthew 4:17).
Jesus made some great statements about the Kingdom and I would like to tell you seven keys to understanding the Kingdom.
The Kingdom Must Be Sought
Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you are well.Matthew 6:33
All of us are restless soul, you just made the statement about seeking first the Kingdom in the contacts of our worrying about what we have to eat or drink or clothes we have to wear. These things represent our daily earthly and physical life. To be sure, these concerns feel our days with all of the necessities relating to the body. in the midst of all of this energy spent on these things, Jesus is teaching us to get our priorities right and seek to be part of His Kingdom – and when we are part of His Kingdom – the Father will provide all the things we need.
People are constantly seeking for truth. That is why philosophers have given us such great systems of thought. That is why so many different religions have developed. But in the process of their search count with millions have been led astray by the evil one believe systems that can never satisfy the deep hungers of the human soul.
The kingdom of God must be sought. But the seeking person will have to find that God has been seeking him or her long before the search began. When a person is truly seeking to know God He will be found.
When you seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, “declares the Lord,” and I will bring you back from captivity.Jeremiah 29:13-14
The Kingdom Is Not Of This World
Jesus said, My Kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my service would fight to prevent my arrest from the Jews. But now My Kingdom is from another place.John 18:36
That’s truth that Jesus is talking about cannot be found in man’s philosophies. It is far more superior there anything we can have in this world. Why did we fill our days with that which is temporary at best and unsatisfying at work? Why do we try to fill that big empty hole in our hearts with things that were designed not to fit it? We must look beyond ourselves to those realities that are trying descendent of the answers that this world offers.
We have to understand ourselves in order to grasp this. We are body, soul, and spirit. To keep your body strong and healthy requires a lot of attention. To keep the Seoul, which is made up of the mind, emotions, and the will balanced and bright is a constant struggle. But the third part about trinity, which is in the image of God, our spirit, is where we will find the answer to our spiritual hunger. This is the part of us that enables us to perceive and know Gods and lifts us beyond the limits of earth.
The Kingdom Can Be Seen
Jesus declared, I tell you the truth, no one else and see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.John 3:3
Look around you. Can you see it? Those who have been born again can you see it in the lives of others. There is a divine quality in the believers life that is evident to other believers. I love going to church because I can see this divine quality in each person. Why? Because they have all been to the cross and experienced the cleansing of our their old nature and the birth of their new nature. Even the ones that have had not been worn again have a goal to them because they’re working on it. Being around believers in Christ enable us to to be brothers and sisters of a family – the faith Kingdom. No one can be part of this except through the birth which opens our spiritual eyes.
It is interesting that unbelievers cannot see this truth – But they can surely spot a phony.
The Kingdom Must Be Entered
Jesus said, I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.Mark 10:15
When our spiritual eyes are open to our need of redemption because we are on a course of an eternal hell, we get serious with God and pray in desperation, “Father, take your sin and death sentence off of me. I now believe Jesus took it upon himself on the cross and I now receive him as my savior and Lord. With that simple faith of a child I climb into your arms and trust you with my life and destiny.” And a father says to me, “You can now enter the Kingdom of God on earth and the Kingdom of Heaven and eternity.
This is the only way to enter the Kingdom. Think of all the ways that people are trying to enter the Kingdom. The Buddhist seeks to suppress every human desire and enter into a blank state of mind which they believe produces peace. The Muslim seek to please God by strict disciplines in prayer and forced observances. Even some Jewish are seeking to know God through the old covenant and are rejecting the completed new covenant made with by the Messiah. Many legalists I’m trying to please God with your good works and reject the accountability that He requires of them.
Unless the Kingdom is entered through repentance and faith – a person is still outside of the golden doors. If the Kingdom is not entered a person is lost and all alone in the great cosmic order.
The Kingdom Can Be Possessed
Blessed are the poor in spirit, or theirs is the kingdom of heaven.Matthew 5:3
Even as a child we desire to possess things. We learn early that certain things, such as our toys, are ours. Watch children playing and soon one of them will be saying, ￼”Mine, mine!”
When we enter the Kingdom we can on a totally different level exclaim, “Mine, mine!, Poor in spirit is another way of saying one who see his or her spiritual need. Those who see the need and come to Christ are the one who will be given the possession of the kingdom. Well I am writing this I walked out my back door I see a small portion of my little kingdom and I thought, “ I possess these blessings of the Kingdom Of God which are unlimited in scope for this life and unimaginable for the next life.
The prophet Daniel spoken this kingdom: “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven, he approach the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was giving authority, glory, and sovereign power; all people, nations and men of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his Kingdom is one that will never be destroyed… the saints of the most high will receive the kingdom and will possess it forever yes, forever and ever-Yes, forever and ever (Daniel 7:13-14, 18).
The Kingdom Of God Is WithIn You
Once, haven’t been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God will come, Jesus replied, “ The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say, here it is, or there it is, because the kingdom of God is within you.” Jesus was saying that while we are on earth the kingdom of God is a spiritual kingdom in the hearts of believers. The Pharisees were expecting an earthly kingdom with the rule that would free them from Roman oppression. They wanted a structure that they could see. But because their eyes were blind and their religious hearts were hard they could not see the revelation of God in Christ who stood before them. Where is the kingdom of God today? It is right here in our hearts. It lives in us God is using us to plant in the hearts of others around us.
St Augustine, who lived from 354-430 A.D., regarded as one of the towering intellectual geniuses in history, wrote more than 1000 works on philosophy, psychology, theology, history, political theory, and other subjects. His confessions, from which the following passages is taken, has remained a popular and influential work for almost 1600 years.
“ I entered into the inner most part of myself… I entered and saw with my soul’s eye (such as it was) an unchangeable light shining above this eye of my soul, and above my mind… He who knows the truth knows that light, and he who knows that light knows eternity. Love knows it. O eternal truth and true love and be loved eternity!
I do like when I find my soul and the light of God whenever I can relax for my necessary duties I have this recourse of pleasure. A state of feeling which is quite unlike anything which I am used to, I kind of sweet delight which if only I could permanently remain would be something not of this world, not of this life,But sadly the weight of the world falls upon me again and I have to swallow up the normality of it.
The Kingdom Of God One Day Will Arrive With Great Force
Jesus said, “Or I tell you I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comesuntil the kingdom of God comes.” (Luke 22:16).
Jesus said this as He was having His last supper with His disciples the night before His crucifixion. So far as we know, He did not drink of the fruit of the vine after the resurrection while He was still on the earth. He is waiting for what He called “ The marriage supper of the Lamb.’ This is after the return of Christ, and the judgment. In revelation 19 John says, “ after this I heard this sound like a great roar of a great multitude in heaven shouting:
“Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God, for true and Josh are His judgements. He has condemned the great prostitute who corrupted the earth by her adulteries. He has avenged on her the blood of his servants.”
Then a voice came from the throne saying: “ Praise our God all you His servant, you who fear Him, both small and great!”
“Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, life roar I’m rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder shouting;”
“Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give Him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come and Hid bride has made her self ready.”
“Then the angel said to me,“ blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” The church is the bride and the Lord Jesus is the groom and he will sit down with us and we will partake in his glory forever!
Praise be to His Name!