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How God's Kingdom Operates

Whenever we intend to operate within any particular context, the first thing we must know is: what are the rules or laws that govern that medium? For instance, if we intend to operate within the realm of water, we must know or have some operational knowledge of those laws that govern buoyancy and water. Or, suppose we intend to operate in the context or medium of air. We must again know what are the laws that are in effect that govern the operation of air, or flight. Yes, we must know about sinking or swimming, the laws of lift and air foils... whatever or wherever we intend to operate, there will be laws that govern the circumstances and conditions of the medium, sphere, or realm in which we intend to operate.

    In turn there are always consequences, some good, some bad, of the operation within these laws, or the failure to operate within those given laws. Sometimes those consequences are minimal. If you throw a tennis ball straight up into the air above your head, without any other physical force operating on the ball, and given you don't move, it will land on your head, a minimal consequence. If however, you change the ball to an anvil, and fail to compensate for the law of gravity by moving out of the way, when the anvil lands on your head the consequence will be catastrophic and quite unpleasant!
A Kingdom Governed By Laws  

The kingdom of God, just like any other medium within which you intend to operate, is no different. Just as with other mediums or spheres (air, water, etc.), there are also laws in place that determine effects within the kingdom of God. But unlike the air, water, the laws of a city, or the laws of gravity, all of which are widely understood, to many the laws of the kingdom of God remain a mystery.

    Part of the problem with understanding the laws or principles that govern the kingdom of God is there is a great misconception of what the kingdom of God really is. So before we get into the exploration of the subject of what laws govern the kingdom of God, and how to operate within God's kingdom, it will serve us well to begin first by defining God's kingdom.

    Merriam-Webster's Dictionary defines the word kingdom as ‚ " . . . a major territorial unit having a monarchical form of government headed by a king or queen." It is true that the kingdom of God is monarchical. It is also very true that God's kingdom is headed by a king, or ruler. But the alternate definition is much more appropriate: "... a realm or region in which something is dominant b: an area or sphere in which one holds a preeminent position." This description of God's kingdom is certainly applicable, for one thing is certain, God is preeminent. In order to truly understand this kingdom of God however, we must of course turn to His Word.

    Much of what you will find in the Bible describing the kingdom of God presents His kingdom in parable form. There is a reason for this. For in reality to define His kingdom in absolutes is to define God in absolute parameters. We can talk about His attributes, we can talk about what He consists of, but to absolutely define all of what God is would be an infinite task as great as God Himself. But this is not an excuse. I only present this point because it is the reality of the subject. This being said, let's see some examples of biblical definitions of God's kingdom: 

A Kingdom Of Righteousness  

Romans 14:17 states "For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost."(KJ) This verse is telling us the first thing we must know about this "kingdom" is, that it is not material in nature, although His realm does include the physical, it is not the essence of the kingdom of God. Next it is "made up" of several aspects. We'll take them in order. The first is righteousness. Yes, the kingdom of God is made up of righteousness, that is what is morally right or in accordance with God's laws. The next aspect, or kingdom aspect to look at is "peace."

    This seems so simple on its surface, to determine this definition as it relates to God's kingdom, but it is far from simple. You may recognize the word "peace" in the ancient Hebrew, which is Shalom. Now there are at least ten aspects of this word, with only the narrowest of definitions making it into the modern English rendering. Indeed the definition of this one word, peace can and I'm sure does, fill volumes. But for our purposes, the common translation or rendering, peace, will suffice for the moment.

 Now Romans 14:17 states that this kingdom, His kingdom, consists of righteousness, peace and joy. I'm sure we all think we know what joy is, but perhaps it would behoove us to understand exactly what definition the Word of God has for this word. Strong's Concordance ref. No. 5479 defines this word in ancient Greek, chara, to mean...  "cheerfulness, i.e., calm delight: ...gladness. . . exceeding. . . joy." But the Word says "joy in the Holy Ghost." That can only come one way, through salvation! Yes, because it is only through accepting Jesus as your Savior that the Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost comes to abide within us. The unsaved cannot have this. Herein then lies a clue to this, His kingdom. It can only be perceived or ascertained by those who belong to Him. Now I'm going somewhere with this, or should I say the Holy Spirit is, so bear with me. Yes, only those who belong to Jesus can participate in this kingdom.

A Kingdom Of Power  

 The next thing we must understand about the kingdom of God is that it is a kingdom of power. (I Cor.4:20) "For the kingdom of God does not consist of words, but of power." [NASB]

     But power over what? Power over some ethereal, vein imagining, which has nothing to do with this earth? Oh no. For this is a kingdom of God's own delight, inhabited with people He intended for Himself. He made it beautiful beyond measure, and fully intended for us to live in a stately, majestic, deathless state. Yes, this earth was a kingdom state too. It too was righteous, and full of peace and joy. And we were given dominion over this earthly creation. We were, after all, made in His image and likeness. We had dominion over this Garden of Eden until Adam and Eve gave away that dominion to the devil.

Redeemed

But there's good news in all of this. Jesus bought it all back for us! And what does this have to do with the kingdom of God you ask? Everything. For to operate effectively in this, His kingdom, we must follow the laws of operation of this kingdom. Now, laws are not part of some arithmetic average, some table of presumption that something will happen so many times out of so many times. No, a law never changes... it is immutable. And so it is with God's kingdom. If you are going to operate within His sphere of righteousness, power, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, you will have to heed the laws of the kingdom. And the first law that we must understand is the law of Seedtime and Harvest. For it is the basic, primary, immutable law of the kingdom of God.

     The law of Seedtime and Harvest is so important, so vital, so necessary to the successful operation within God's kingdom, that one cannot be a receiver of God's blessings without operating within the law of Seedtime and Harvest... it's that vital and important. That's why it is a lifetime study. Turn to our page on Seedtime and Harvest to continue your lifetime study of this law and how to operate in it effectively.

 In His Service

 

  Don Judd

 


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