Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.” – John 18:36
Writing about the kingdom of God, Selwyn Hughes once expressed these three important truths:
- Since the word “kingdom” implies rule or reign, when we pray for God’s kingdom to come (on earth as it is in heaven) we are asking for Him to be sovereign in all things.
- God’s kingdom, being eternal, is both a present and future reality.
- Wherever you find a person surrendered to the lordship of Christ, you also find the kingdom of God.
Jesus’ closest followers (and others) desired to see Him conquer the Roman world and believed that this was His sole purpose, to liberate Israel. Yet, by His grace and Spirit-revealed truth, we understand that His power and reign is infinitely greater than all earthly kingdoms in all of history combined.
In Christ, we not only overcome the passing powers of temporal kings. In Christ, we can even conquer ourselves, we can conquer all.
Jesus made clear that the Kingdom of God is organic and not organizational. It grows like a seed and it works like leaven: secretly, invisibly, surprisingly, and irresistibly. – Os Guinness