posted Jan 3, 2013, 7:31 AM by Dale Barnes
We have been looking at some of the thoughts in the Bible about the kingdom of God.  It is an eternal kingdom that will never pass away, therefore it is not like the nations and kingdoms of this present world that “rise and fall.”  

God calls us into this kingdom by hearing and receiving the gospel message.  Paul writes to one church “encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.” (1 Th.2:12 NIV)  God’s attitude is positive about this.  It is God’s will that you respond and enter his kingdom.  “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.” (Lu.12:32)  God is on your side.  Again, the apostle Paul talks about “giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.  For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves…”  (Col.1:12-13 NIV)  When you and I receive his Son and trust him as the way back to God, he takes us out of the kingdom of darkness and put us under his rule; qualifying us for an inheritance in his kingdom.  Again, Paul says that the Holy Spirit bears witness to us that we are God’s children and because of this we are heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ. (Ro.8:16-17)  God truly wants us to have the eternal benefits of his kingdom.  He has made the way!

Now that Christ has come into our lives through faith and we are children of God and qualified for an inheritance in God’s kingdom, we are challenged to continue to trust God with our lives; begin to learn about Christ, his ways and follow him.  Paul speaks to the Thessalonian church of their perseverance and faith in the midst of persecutions and trials and tells them that “you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God for which you are suffering.” (2 Th.1:4-5)

Jesus said to his first disciples; “You are those who have stood by me in my trials.  And I confer on you a kingdom, just as my Father conferred one on me, so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom…” (Lu.22:28-29 NIV)  When all other nations have passed away, the Kingdom of Christ will continue forever.  His subjects will continue enjoying the riches of his grace and fulfilling his purposes throughout all eternity.  Human words are inadequate.  We will be living in God’s favor forever!