“My Kingdom is not of this world”
“My kingdom is from another place” John 18:36
“…not of this world…” in this day when more and more we are recognising our responsibility of stewardship and transformation to our environment, our world; when we are realising that our destiny does not wind up in an escape from this fallen world but in transforming this creation to Gods’ ultimate intention, that Christ will fill all in all. There is a tension to hold to in “…not of this world…” meaning we do not belong to this world, the Kingdom of God finds its source – origin – its genesis – nature – authority – life – laws and resources all find their root or origin outside of this cosmos. As a matter of fact I tend to see that the Kingdom of God is the Christ and that God is the Kingdom. The origin may not be in this cosmos but it is God breaking into our world.
The Kingdom of God cannot be understood by seeking parallels of kingdoms in this world, it is not worth examining kingdoms of old or even kingdoms that still exist, as they are totally incompatible. For this thought lies behind the theological mystery spoken to Nicodemus “…you must be born again…” this experience, encounter is not for salvation but “…you must be born again to see the Kingdom of God”
Your responses to life’s situations, your behaviour and actions are the result of your theology not of your intellect or emotions. The way you think and feel are shaped by your deepest convictions from your spirit – God. At least this is how it should be, today I must admit I see many that are challenged to conduct themselves this way, they struggle to remain true to their convictions, to the established foundation of their lives. Life can become so fickle and changeable as the commercial emotional living on the surface of life prevents convictional living. Decisions are then made for the benefit of the immediate, self-gratifying rather than what belongs to people’s advance and betterment which is about maturing. We have come to a world that react rather than living out convictions from the foundation of life actually from the Christ, who is our foundation.
This is why “if any is in Christ…new creation” the spiritual house, mankind is governed by the Spirit, as the agent of the Godhead, as God working with in us to bring us into the life way of the Kingdom of God. This is the law written on our hearts by which we will reign in life.
To believe this is to live this – which is why the reality of many people’s claim to being born again is questionable. If this cosmos rules in our life then it is questionable, if the other place Kingdom has been either seen or entered, it will alter our way of life.
I shall continue my ramble through the Kingdom thoughts the as I write in my next blog, I will continue this thought line from this point onward as we go forward, until next blog which will be soon a joyous reaching for the King.