Why did He speak of a new kingdom and how does this message apply to me as a Christian? This message of a new kingdom preached by Jesus Christ affects Christians in every phase of their lives and changes the center point of our focus and desires on earth.
There are two kingdoms that exist in the invisible world controlling the activities that are manifested in this earthly realm. Whether you are a believer or an unbeliever there remain only two choices, the kingdom of darkness or the kingdom of heaven. We must choose either the kingdom of darkness headed by the fallen angel called Lucifer or the kingdom of heaven ruled by God. The invisible part of man, which consists of soul and spirit, can only be fulfilled by choosing God’s kingdom to reign within the heart of man.
These two invisible kingdoms are at war for the souls of men living on earth. Christians need to understand that Jesus’ preaching and teaching informed us on how God ruled His domain and how those who are a part of His kingdom should live in subjection to His authority. His teaching also explained the benefits which are given to those who have surrendered their lives to Christ and the glories of heaven which will be revealed.
Christians must understand that the earth in which we live is not able to produce eternal life because all that we see is constantly fading away and eventually will die. Jesus preached a kingdom that was beyond the clutches of death and corruption and offered the believer eternal life. When Pilate inquired about the kingdom, Jesus explained that His kingdom was not of this world. Jesus was proclaiming to believers that we should invest our time and life in a kingdom that could not be invaded by the corruption of this world.
Most Christians think that it is God’s job to fix all of our problems, heal all of our hurts, and remove all of our obstacles while living on earth. We deeply desire this natural world that is filled with chaos and wickedness to possess the characteristics of the invisible eternal kingdom of God. Jesus often allowed His power to flow from the kingdom of heaven into this natural realm on earth through healing the sick, raising the dead, and performing many other miracles that were intended to point us to the eternal kingdom where death and sickness cease to exist. All those who received healings and miracles eventually died because Jesus wanted us to look to the invisible kingdom of God, which is present now in the hearts of men (when we repent and accept Jesus Christ as Savior) and shall be revealed in its fullness in the world to come.
Jesus did not intend for this life to be so comfortable that we would look to this natural world as a source of peace and comfort for the struggles and hurts we so often face. Politics and worldly success have their place in life, but can never cause those who are spiritually dead to experience new life in Christ.
We can offer the world the love and peace of God that is beyond the grasp of this world. The love that God gives so freely yields purpose and peace in a way that is beyond human comprehension. The riches of this world are unable to fill the empty void that abides in the soul of every man. This void can only be filled when Jesus Christ dwells in the hearts of men. The kingdom of God is free to all who believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and are willing to repent of their sins and accept Him as Lord and Savior. Jesus would love for you to be a part of His eternal kingdom today.
Reginald Simpkins is pastor of The Heart of God Ministries, 2725 Lowes Court, in Montgomery. The church was founded on May 2002 under the leadership of Pastor Reginald and Subrena Simpkins (wife). The church held its first services on AUM’s campus.