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Our topic is Understanding the Kingdom
To begin with,
A Kingdom means the _domain_ of a king
It means the territory in which a King’s will is being done.
It means the influence of a King
When Jesus came into the world, His message was Kingdom. So, let’s look at what He means.
Matthew 13:31 Another parable put He forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: 32 Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.
Here Jesus is giving an analogy of the Kingdom using a seed becoming a tree that harbours the birds of the air
When Jesus began to preach, He said;
Matthew 4:17b Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
This is of utmost importance to note, let’s look at how He manifested the Kingdom
Matthew 12:22 Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw. 28 But if I *cast out devils by the Spirit of God*, then *the kingdom of God* is come unto you.
Acts 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who *went about doing good*, and *healing all* that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
You can notice the mention of the Spirit of God in the scriptures above. Don’t forget, we have been taught that the presence of a colonial governor represents the Kingdom in the place,
That’s why Jesus said, if I do these by the Spirit of God, then the Kingdom is come unto you. He went about doing good, manifesting the Kingdom,
E.g Liberty is one of the attributes of the Kingdom, that’s why He kept setting those in bondage free
where the Spirit of the Lord (the Governor) is, there is Liberty
Now, back to our text, Matthew 13:31
The seed planted grew and became a mighty tree that the birds can flock to
Let’s look at this interesting scripture;
Isaiah 2:2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that *the mountain of the LORD’S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills*; and all nations shall flow unto it. 3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
Does this sound like birds flocking to a good tree that provides life??
Permit me to tell you now, you are the Branches of that tree
How do I know?
Isaiah 60: 3 And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.
They are coming to lodge _on you_ because you are their LIGHT, a solution to their problems!
1 Corinthians 4:20 For the kingdom of God is demonstrated not in idle talk but with power. NET
God’s kingdom is not just doing talk, but manifesting the realities thereof
Luke 5: 17 And it came to pass on a certain day, as he was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judaea, and Jerusalem: and *the power of the Lord was present to heal them.*
He’s simply manifesting the Kingdom and one of the problems of His days, is that people were sick, Just like they are now, in all dimensions. But there is something interesting to note👉
John 1:9 That was the true Light, which *lighteth every man* that cometh into the world.
He lights every man, He solves their problems. He brings them back to the original intention of the Father
Matthew 4:13 And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim: 14 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, 15 The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles; 16 The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up. 17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
He is the Light of the world, He manifested that, while He was in the world but now He tells us that;
Matthew 5:13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. 14 YE ARE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. works, Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Our light shining is in our good works. We have to let our light shine, Our good works must come out to bring glory to God
Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Jesus went about, doing good. See, your manifestation, is the expression of His Kingdom. Your good works bring Him glory, which is an attribute of the Kingdom.
When He colonized the earth, He wanted He Kingdom to spread over, filling the whole earth.👇
Daniel 2:35 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth. 44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.
You are called to fulfill that. Men will come to you for solutions, as you manifest the Kingdom.
Then the whole earth will be filled with His glory as prophesied. Enough of “Churchy Christians” we are meant to shine in the darkness, in the world, not in the church.
The Church must display the glory of the Lord out there
This is the KINGDOM MINDSET The Church must fulfill the Kingdom Mandate, the Take-Over mandate. As He told us to _Have dominion over everything_
This is the Current move of the King.