“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, 29 for our “God is a consuming fire.” (Hebrews 12:28-29)
Jesus said in Matthew 24:14, “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” The kingdom of God is at the heart of God’s eternal purpose. The “gospel” message has shaken nations, toppled kingdoms, altered lives, and set countless people free. This message radically changed my life. It challenges me, stretches me, and transforms me. I’ve been a Christian for over twenty-five years. Throughout that time, I’ve heard endless sermons, and read endless books. This ‘gospel’ message of the kingdom has never ceased to bring revelation that leads to transformation.
What is a kingdom?
The kingdom is the governing influence of a king over his territory, impacting it with his personal will, purpose, and intent, producing a culture, values, morals, and lifestyle that reflect the king’s desires and nature for his citizens.
You can’t have a kingdom without a king and a domain, a territory. As believers, we are citizens of the kingdom of God and are called to establish God’s kingdom here on earth, God’s morals, God’s purpose and intent, God’s values, and His kingdom culture here on earth.
We are on the verge of a new movement of the Holy Spirit. We need God to open up our spiritual eyes and ears to what the Spirit is saying to the Church. Remember in the Book of Revelation the church of Sardis was asleep. Jesus wrote to them about all the wonderful activities they were doing, but the church was ready to die. Jesus, through His revelation to John let them know they needed to strengthen what remains. (Revelation 3:1-6)
If we want to experience the power of the Gospel in our lives and churches today, we would do well to embrace the same Gospel the early believers did. —Dr. Michael L. Brown, host of the daily, nationally, syndicated talk radio show, the Line of Fire
If you’re going to base your entire life on something, you want to know that it is solid. If you’re going to stake your eternity on that same thing, you really want to be sure that it is the truth. Jesus said in Matthew 24:4-7, we are to watch out that no one deceives us because many will come in His name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and be deceived. He also said we will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but not to be alarmed. These things must happen, but the end is still to come. He warned us that nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.
As Christians, we build our lives and stake our eternity on the truth of God’s Word. Jesus as the “Chief Cornerstone” of our faith. As the Chief Cornerstone, Jesus ensures the stability of the whole system of our salvation. He alone is our rock of salvation. The foundation on which we stand. Isaiah prophesied the coming of the Messiah in Isaiah 28:16 (TPT), “Here’s what the Lord God says, “Behold, I set in place in Zion a Foundation Stone, fully tested and proven to be faithful and secure. And written upon this precious cornerstone is this: ‘Those who trust in him will not act in haste.’ (cf. Psalm 118:21–23; Zechariah 10:4).
May the grace, joy, and peace of God be yours through Jesus Christ our loving Lord. To Him be glory, now and forever.