Lord, Let Thy Kingdom Come
Elder Derrick N. Phelps
Superintendent, Christian Education
Emmanuel Grace Apostolic Church
March 2, 2022
Most of us, by now, have been inundated with the news that Russia has invaded Ukraine. Many of us also understand this invasion to be hostile, to say the least. For whatever reason that you may agree or disagree with the invasion, the fact yet remains that it is real, and it has happened
While many of those of the Christian faith are anxiously anticipating the coming of the rapture, there are some events of vital importance to us that affect the way we should be operating within our faith in this present world. We all know that this present world is full of hostility, self-righteousness, oppressive, deceitful, and many other hostile emotions that will take up a good portion of my time to pinpoint them all.
When Jesus was delivered into the so-called hall of justice, His chief oppressor, Pontius Pilate, began to question who did Jesus think He was. What kingdom did He think Jesus was the ruler of? In a gentle and well stated answer, recorded in St. John 18: 36, Jesus answers, “My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence”. (KJV). In other words, the Kingdom of God is not full of the worldly items mentioned above. His kingdom is not full of violence, hostility, anger, oppression, and the like. It has not come with hostility or oppression. Never-the-less, God’s kingdom does exist.
If God’s kingdom exists now, then where is it and how can we recognize it in this present world? John the Baptist was heard saying in Matthew 3:2, “Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (KJV). Matthew even supports John the Baptists’ announcement in Matthew 6:33, saying “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (KJV).
According to an article written by Christianity Today, many Christians believe in one or two types of the kingdoms of God. The first group believed that God’s kingdom is real, and it does exist right now. The second group believes that the kingdom of God is nearby or just simply out there somewhere; the latter being the most dominant answer among evangelicals. The most important thing to remember is that God’s kingdom is identified by people and by place.
In an article written by The State of Theology, the author states that “the church does not have the luxury of idly standing by. The Church must tap into the unrealized position that it holds in this present world. This is the time for Christians to study scriptures diligently, engage confidently, and witness fearlessly.” The kingdom requires study and engaging with it to discover its affect upon the world.
The topic was of such grave importance to the disciples of Christ, they asked Him, Lord, teach us how to pray. They understood that the kingdom of God was very real, and it was important for them to experience the realness of its prophecies and all other areas of fulfillment (this is known as realized eschatology). They realized that it is the power of God working in the world today. For His kingdom to be realized, what can be accomplished in heaven can also be experienced on earth. It is realized right now, and will continue to be realized in the future, inclusive of Devine power and with God’s glory. Ask God, and you shall receive. It is God’s will that we should ask.
The Apostle Paul shared his enthusiasm with the church in Ephesus where we find him making this statement: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:” (Ephesians 1:3 KJV). Paul’s statement would indicate that the doctrine of salvation includes living within the kingdom of God while living in this present world.
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