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LIVING IN THE KINGDOM NOW

THE SPIRITUAL LAWS OF THE KINGDOM

The most important being: The law of the spirit of life in Christ
It is a kingdom with a King
It is a kingdom with a constitution
The capstone of this Kingdom on earth is Christ. Not the Vatican or Lambeth Palace etc.

The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus enables us to live in the Kingdom.
The character of this kingdom is Righteousness, Peace and Joy.
The currency of this Kingdom is faith.
Its boundaries are without restriction.
Its authority absolute.
Its existence timeless for it has always been.
We entered the Kingdom by new creation birth to become a permanent part of its structure as living stones.
We are not here to build it that is preposterous.
We have the responsibility, privilege and joy of declaring it.
All creation is subject to the King, the Creator of all things John 1:3.
There has never been a time when the King was not in total control.
Satan may claim to be the God of this world system but although I reside in the world he is not my God.

The new covenant law is spirit and life

“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death” Rom 8:2, Deut 5:2-3. We were not included in the grinding bondage of the law that was given to Israel via Moses. We are New Covenant people saved by grace through the repentance and the gift of faith and; and have been translated through baptism, by the operation of the Holy Spirit into the Kingdom of God, to live by “the law of the Spirit of Life” in Christ Jesus.

To live within its boundaries on earth requires that we spend time with the Lawgiver Jesus Christ, in meditation; in conversation (prayer) – in listening, (Prov 8:34) and especially in the use of His word.
The kingdom whereof Jesus is both King and Lawgiver is not just a kingdom of this world: It cannot be found geographically, it is Universal; by that definition it covers all time past present and future, and the reaches of space.

Luke 17:20 After having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is within you.”
John 4: 21-24, nor would it to be monopolized by one nation or class of people, or denomination.

On earth the KOG would be found located within the hearts of men and open to all.
The New Covenant Heb 8:10 is about living in harmonious union with Him in His Kingdom. Our salvation is far more than an insurance policy to escape hell. It is an invite to enter the kingdom via the “door” that is Christ through repentance and living faith. It’s called the “Gospel” or “Good News”. The extent to which His kingdom rules on earth now is according to the measure of our individual submission and obedience. But when Christ returns His rule will be absolute, (as by a rod of iron) and universal. Our usefulness in the Kingdom on earth is determined by our acceptance of and individual submission to the “Apostles doctrine”. Ultimately His rule will cover the whole earth as “the kingdoms of this world become the kingdoms of our Lord and He shall reign for ever”, Rev. 1:15

The reason He has delayed His absolute rule on earth “as it is in heaven” is because He is not willing that any should perish.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

Matthew 6: 9-10

Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be your name.
Your Kingdom come,
Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Where is the Kingdom of God?
Is it just in Heaven?
Is it now on Earth?
Is it come into the hearts of men down here yet?
The answer to all the above is “yes”.

The objective of our Lord and Supreme commander is three fold.

1. Matthew 6:9. That the establishment of His Fathers Kingdom and His Father’s will to be done on earth just as it is in Heaven.

2. Ephesians 3:10. “To the intent that now unto principalities and powers in heavenly places might be made known and demonstrated in His saints the manifold wisdom of God"
To realize this goal His throne will be established in the hearts of His people so that when He comes every eye will see His manifested handiwork in us.

3. The following is His Ultimate intention for His subjects?
“Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.
Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.
And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, (Peter said “save yourselves” (Acts 2:40) just as He is pure. 1 John 3:1

They met for spiritual maintenance.

Our destiny is the highest possible, “we shall be like Him”. For this cause we were created, redeemed, and sanctified; that we should be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the first-born among many brethren.
To see Christ face to face and be with Him in unbroken fellowship and be like Him is the three-fold destiny of every Kingdom citizen.

The first step towards realising His intention

It is for you and me to begin to submit to the King.
We do this by steadfast continuance in the “Apostles Doctrine” acknowledging His supremacy over us.
The Supreme command is not mere idealism. It is not just some official thing, it is vital that we recognize that He is not just a figurehead; a remote individual somewhere, He's God. He's supreme and over all. His word is final in every respect.

No warfare can be fought without recognition of a high command, to ignore it is to court disaster and certain defeat. There can be only one in that position; and that one is Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ the final authority in everything. Next there are the rules of engagement. He has left us in no doubt in His holy word as to what these are. A wise commander will make certain that his troops know him. He makes it his business to get out and make himself known, so that they might get to know him. He will not be aloof but personal in his dealings with all ranks.

For to achieve his purpose He has done two things: He has given us His Spirit. And He has to given us the “Apostles Doctrine” made up of 21 letters to the believers all over the Roman Empire. In addition we have the teachings of the Master Apostle. This is a far cry from programs designed by religious gurus, to be adhered to by lazy saints.

DISMANTLING THE MYTH

Some time ago a Pastor friend asked me this question, “what benefits are you getting from what you believe and the way you now live, that you didn’t have and couldn’t do before? Can you be more specific regards what you’re doing?

My response was, yes I can; “I consciously made a decision to live in the Kingdom of God under the Kings rule.” It never registered with him; I doubt that he understood what I meant. Sadly he continues to struggle away urging his flock to pray for revival? Should I have insisted that he listen to me, or do what I’m doing? Absolutely not that’s the work of the Holy Spirit. I’m simply a voice. But I continue to pray for him, and will try and persuade him as I will to everyone else who enquires.

Some burning desires that need to burn out.

That His Kingdom needs fixing.
Our obsession with numerical growth at the expense of personal holiness.
Our over preoccupation with missions
The urge to follow the Herd
The adoption of lifeless programs
The embarrassment of having a small church will no longer consume you.
The hype regards saturation house church planting
We need to stop and reflect on the foundation we are building upon because everything we do here will eventually be put to the torch. Is what you’re doing combustible? Is it flammable, like wood hay and stubble? Kingdom material is fire proof; it’s durable like silver, gold, and precious stones.
All the efforts of man eventually decompose and fade away.
Go with the prompting of His Spirit in you, and not with somebody else’s hunches.

Luke 16:16 the law and the prophets were until John. Since that time the Kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is pressing into it.
You did run well – What’s more to the point is who hindered you? Was it a saint or Satan?

Many have become enslaved by religious traditions and thereby live in a rut. We have people drop in on us from time to time to have a talk, ask some questions, and get excited only to drift away. Some obviously counted the cost but found the price too high. It’s disappointing but not to worry because when they become sincere they will find.

Woe to you lawyers for you have taken away the key of knowledge. You did not enter in yourselves, and those who were entering you hindered. And as He said these things to them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to assail Him vehemently, and to cross-examine Him about many things, lying in wait for Him, and seeking to catch Him in something He might say, so that they might accuse Him. Luke 11:52-54.

Matthew 23:13-14 “woe unto you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You shut the door in the faces of men seeking to enter the kingdom, and you do not enter yourselves, nor do you permit those who are about to enter to go in”.
Why did they behave this way? It was because they believed they had the Keys of the Kingdom and you have to get their approval to enter. The doctrines of most religious structures are no different.

Luke 17:21 “Nor will they say, 'See here!' or 'See there!' for indeed, the kingdom of God is within you”. It is not simply a matter of geography, as where to meet, or what to do when we get there. It has everything to do with who we are, and what we are when not at the “meet” surrounded by others doing religious stuff.

I speak for Anne as well as myself when I say we found that our relationship with Christ took on a dimension such as we had never known before. I told one friend what a marvellous relief it was when I realized that He has not called us to build His Kingdom, but simply live in it and benefit by it. Yes that’s right, just live in it, down here, right where I am, in the here and now. What a joy. What a glorious deliverance from the torturous fundamentalists; the mission driven evangelicals and raving charismatics’ that are ever insisting that we must go! We must do more! And we must give more. So to counter this we just began to resist religious political activists and began to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit, and follow to Him and do His bidding instead. To go when He sends us; and go where He sends us.

We began to live by Kingdom principles as found in the “Apostles doctrine” in a secure environment that the gates of hell cannot withstand. We found that much of what we had been taught, and what we had taught others in former days was not declaring the Kingdom of God but building our own kingdom.

To be sure the old environment satisfied our ego as it does with all upbeat pastors, but it didn’t do a lot for the rest of the saints. Looking back I see it was an extraordinary waste of time, money, and precious resources that should have been utilized more effectively; like spending time with the family instead of at the Christian factory pleading for a reluctant God to save His world.

Why do I say that, because I have seen how many have grown cold over the years that were once aglow with the Spirit? Initially there were aspects that were testing. Some criticism came from friends who thought we had gone off the rails; more came from those who lacked the courage of their convictions to do something about their own spiritual condition. Others threw everything in the Book at us to try and trip us up, especially those things that they should have preached but never had the mind of the Spirit or the courage to do; or they were too chuffed with their own importance. Their pragmatic arguments seemed logical, (they always do) but the Lord gave us the wisdom to see the difference.

Gradually we realized that we could stand without the trappings of services and programs to prop us up and keep us from falling. That we were able to withstand anything the world threw at us as long as were clothed in the amour He had provided. We knew we were not sufficient of ourselves, but that our sufficiency was of God who enabled us to stand upright against all the onslaughts of the enemy.

We began talking to Him about every aspect of our lives. Then we started to find others on the same journey. We opened our homes to each other, where bread and wine (the Lord’s Table) was available for any that wished to come and dine. We felt more secure than we could have ever imagined. We have learned that where He guides He provides, and as He leads He feeds.

We saw that money is power, and what desolation it can cause personally and collectively to those who pursue it. How religious building programs have destroyed more relationships than they ever edified. I have seen the power it gives to men to promote their ministries; some even build physical churches for themselves to gratify their craving to preach. I saw that although money is amoral it takes on the character of the user. Judas is a good example. I found one does not need a pulpit to serve God, or money to further His cause; but that He has brought us into partnership with Himself, and all that He has is ours and when we do what He asks of us; then every need will be supplied. I have learned over many years that His supply is inexhaustible.

Has it ever dawned on you that if the religious structures (including organic ones) that most Christians rely upon were removed they wouldn’t know what to do? Many would become panic stricken. Let me ask you, “What would you do if you had nowhere to go”?

Millions of saints around the world are living underground with their Lord and King with none of the trappings we in the West have come to rely upon, such as professional clergy, and church buildings, yet in spite of all opposition they remain faithful and keep growing like their Master. It’s happening right now in North Korea, China, and in other places it has been like that for centuries.

How would you express your faith if this happened to you? Perhaps you’re doing it already! The institutions of the west are entertaining weak and insipid saints. Western Christianity is Babylonian by nature.

Revelation 3:15 “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were cold or hot, but because you are lukewarm, I will spew you out of My mouth”.

Our knowledge of the Lord will determine our progress in warfare.

John 17:3 “And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent”.
The fact that we are so often defeated is because of our lack of knowledge of the Lord and His ways. He has certainly gone to great lengths to allow us to know Him. If we are ignorant of these things it is because we have voluntarily chosen to be so.

The book of Ephesians is sometimes referred to as the great battle plan, and we find here that Paul puts tremendous weight upon the word “know”.
“That we might know what the hope of His calling is and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints”.

The word "know" is the governing word in this whole matter of our warfare. Tried and tested warrior though Paul was, yet he laid the greatest stress on knowing the Lord. This is certainly far more important than anything else that men may regard. Paul said I count all things but dung that I might know Him.

We certainly need to know our supreme commander. What the hope of His calling is. What are the riches of His inheritance in the saints? And what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power, which He wrought, in Christ when He raised Him from the dead. The purpose for which the Holy Spirit came on the day of Pentecost was that He might take the things of Christ and make them known to us.

Some characteristics of our Supreme Commander

Firstly He has a clearly defined objective. We must be aware of what it is. So many of God's people haven't got the faintest notion of what that might be, or why they are here apart from heaven or hell. Their lives are a dichotomy; with one leg in the world and the other in a spiritual rut.

I wonder how many of us could express in a few words from the New Testament exactly what the supreme objective of the Lord is; because He has declared it in His word.
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven Matt 6:10.
He came to establish His throne in our hearts here on earth and to demonstrate to principalities and powers His might, power, and wisdom through His Body which we are.

When Christianity degenerates into formalism and ecclesiastical systems without spiritual power Satan is not bothered in the slightest. What God is looking for is a physical expression of the throne of Christ in the midst of His people.

He wants a practical living expression that goes to and beyond presenting doctrine and teaching. He wants a demonstration of Kingdom life and power. Where there is an organization or institution without spiritual character or heavenly nature, and there is profession without visible reality, its course will go on unchecked, and Satan couldn't care less but is rather pleased.

But the enemy is bitterly opposed to any living organic expression of Christ in his territory, for such represents the throne of God in his domain. That's why very often when we start seeking for a demonstration of the physical presence of that which God desires, we run into the most tremendous opposition that at times seems so out of proportion with who we seem to be. That’s because of Satan’s fury.

Finally we must recognize there is an underlying force, the forces of hell that seek to destroy this expression of the throne of God in the midst of His people, for he knows that it represents to him his greatest danger, and ultimately his defeat.


Not my will but Thine be done
So that the fullness of the Son
May rule within this heart of mine
I have offered Thee
Until everything I do
Becomes, the thing that pleases you
Abba Father I would be a son indeed
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