Let’s look at the kingdom of God:
Where is the Kingdom of God right now? Is it centered in the Vatican? Or in Rick Warren’s church? Or Joel Osteen’s church?
Asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He replied to them by saying, The kingdom of God does not come with signs to be observed or with visible display, Nor will people say, Look! Here [it is]! or, See, [it is] there! For behold, the kingdom of God is within you [in your hearts] and among you [surrounding you]. (Luke 17:20-21 Amplified Version)
The original Kingdom of God was deposited on earth in the Garden of Eden. That is where God placed the first Adam, who had a relationship with the Father, which allowed Adam to ask for anything he needed or wanted from the Father. His level of intimacy was that of a son.
The Father even told Adam he could eat from every tree in the garden, including the tree of life, so his basic needs were met. There was only one stipulation, just one law to follow: he could not eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
Was the Garden of Eden a perfect place? No, absolutely not. Satan and his demonic angels had open access into the Kingdom of God and could tempt and deceive Adam and his wife, Eve.
And we all know how that story ended: with the fall of man and all of creation.
For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous. (Romans 5:19)
To restore the Kingdom of God on earth, the Father had to restore man’s standing before Him. Man was a sinner and God hated sin. Thus, man’s standing had to be changed into an acceptable one before Him, or a righteous position.
The term righteous is a legal term, not a religious one, and means to position oneself rightly. Therefore, when Jesus becomes our Lord, we are made righteous before God. And our righteousness allows us to inherit the Kingdom of God.
Now consider this, okay?
Because all of creation was –and still is – fallen and groaning for its freedom, the Father could not deposit the Kingdom of God in any building, location, or territory on earth in this era. None could ever possibly have met His holy standards of righteousness.
So, God did what looks foolish to all of mankind, He placed the Kingdom of God on earth within believers’ hearts.
Paul wrote about the treasure in earthen vessels, which parallels closely to the parable Jesus spoke:
The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. (Matthew 13:44)
A Garden of Eden was placed in believers’ hearts where the tree of life has blossomed into eternal life. A river flows from the throne of God to water our gardens and we can have fellowship with the Father at all times.
But in our new Kingdom of God gardens, Satan does not have access because we are sealed in Christ and protected until the day of our redemption.
(Excerpt from my book, Storming the Kingdom, an Amazon eBook.)
Thus, when people say that they want to advance the kingdom of God, it is done one person and one heart at a time.
(Continued in Part 7)