The Kingdom of God is very real. However most try to understand it with their human minds. No one can ever know God through the mind or intellect. The Book of Romans states:
“For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace,
because the mind set on the flesh is HOSTILE TOWARD GOD; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so” (Romans 8:6-7).
The true knowledge of God and His Kingdom must come from the Spirit realm where God lives. John 4:23-24 states:
“But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers.
“God is spirit [spiritual being], and those who worship Him [know Him] must worship in spirit and truth.”
God has a triune nature: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. All are spiritual beings. The Son came to earth to accomplish many things but before and after He was a spirit. Jesus made this of utmost importance when one seeks to know God or understand the mysteries of the Kingdom. In Mark 16:13-17, Jesus was with his disciples and He asked them:
“Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?”
So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven”.
Many interpret this scripture to mean that because of this Peter was the first Pope of the Catholic Church. But Christ is not saying that. He is pointing out that intellectually and through rumor no human could identify Christ as the Son of God. It took divine revelation from God to reveal this.
Man is also a triune being: spirit, soul and body. The spirit is meant to be the preeminent part of his nature, ruling over the soul and the body. The soul is mutable in that it can be controlled either by the spirit or by our fallen nature. In most, the soul dominates over the spirit. The soul is the seat of our emotions, our will, our intellect, our individually, independence from God and generates the vast majority of evil. On the other hand the spirit is life, joy, peace, longsuffering and kindness (see Galatians 5:16-17).
Paul, author of Galatians, put it this way:
“walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh (evil nature).
For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please”.
The spirit and the flesh soul nature are in constant conflict with one another. You cannot know God or His Kingdom through the flesh. Those who live life according to the soul nature will never discover their human spirit, which is the only vehicle we have to relate to the true God. That is why we must crucify the old nature and its lusts in order to free the spirit and see God as He is.
This is why most denominational churches are on the wrong track. Each has its own interpretation of God, not coming from God but from the intellect or from Satan). There is only one God. He is not capable of many ideas as to what He is and was. Yet there are thousands of ideas about God. Why is this? Because by and large mainline Christianity is concerned about works to please God. They think that their many good works will earn them an entrance into the Kingdom or “heaven”.
God is not concerned about many good works. Jesus said:
“Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.
“Many will say to Me on that day, Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’
“And then I will declare to them, I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS (MATTHEW 7:21-23).
These did mighty works even in the name of Jesus thinking they were pleasing God. But God was more interested in them “knowing Him”. When they knew Him the works would come from God and not out of our human efforts. The flesh nature cannot ever be righteous. Here is what God thinks of our human nature:
“How then can we be saved?
All of us have become like one who is unclean,
and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags;
we all shrivel up like a leaf,
and like the wind our sins sweep us away” (Isaiah 64:5-6).
The mystery surrounding the Kingdom is of course a mystery to all since we’ve never been completely there. God always emphasizes that He “will do a new thing” in the earth. But He gives us hints in the Bible.
First, when Jesus was teaching the multitudes to pray, He stated:
“Our Father who is in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN” (Matthew 6:9-10).
From this passage we understand that the will of God is already being done in heaven (the Spirit realm). Jesus wants the Kingdom to come ON EARTH as it is in heaven. He wants the barrier broken down that separates mankind from God. Actually, that has been accomplished already. When Christ died on the cross, he was resurrected into a new life. Satan and death were defeated and the Kingdom became available to all (Jesus said on the cross “it is done”. It is up to us to manifest the Kingdom in the earth in its totality.
Isaiah the prophet described the Kingdom which was a hundred years away.
“They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain,
For the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD
As the waters cover the sea” (Isaiah 11:9). Thus Christ’s victory was made manifest on the earth.
Isaiah goes on to describe this earthly Kingdom:
“The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb,
The leopard shall lie down with the young goat,
The calf and the young lion and the fatling together;
And a little child shall lead them.
The cow and the bear shall graze;
Their young ones shall lie down together;
And the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
The nursing child shall play by the cobra’s hole,
And the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper’s den” (Isaiah 11:6-9).
“For behold, I create a new heavens and a new earth;
And the former things will not be remembered or come to mind (Isaiah 65:17).
“The wolf and the lamb will graze together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox; and dust will be the serpent’s food. They will do no evil or harm in all My holy mountain,” says the LORD” (ISAIAH 65:25).
The Book of Revelation gives probably the most comprehensive view of the Kingdom. John begins the book with where his vision came from.
“I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like the sound of a trumpet,” (Revelation 1:10). His entire vision, recorded in all of Revelation, was given through The Spirit of God. The name of the book recognizes this: The Book of Revelation; revealed by God.
Revelation goes on: “Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, “These who are clothed in the white robes, who are they, and where have they come from?”
I said to him, “My lord, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
“For this reason, they are before the throne of God; and they serve Him day and night in His temple; and He who sits on the throne will spread His tabernacle over them.
“They will hunger no longer, nor thirst anymore; nor will the sun beat down on them, nor any heat;
for the Lamb in the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and will guide them to springs of the water of life; and God will wipe every tear from their eyes” (Revelation 7:13-17).
And: “Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear [bright] as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb, in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
There will no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bond-servants will serve Him;
they will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads.
And there will no longer be any night; and they will not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God will illumine them; and they will reign forever and ever” (Rev. 22:1-5).
All of this is to take place on the earth, just as it is in heaven. The two realms become one.
One can look on these scriptures (and hundreds more like it) and conclude they are but a fairy tale or a myth or legend. They can conclude that man hangs onto these myths because of his insecurity or fear. But there is a problem. Everything about the Kingdom is spiritually evaluated and appraised.
Paul said: “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God,
which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words.
But a natural [unspiritual] man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.
But he who is spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no one” (1 Corinthians 2:12-15).
Without spiritual understanding man will never know God or enter His Kingdom. If the things of God are dismissed as being “foolishness” then man will never know salvation. He who looks at the Bible and says that it is no more than the word of man filled with historical inaccuracies and contradictions will never taste of the good things of God. He who does not believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God is an anti-Christ.
“Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist” (1 John 4:1-3).
The first step in understanding God and His Kingdom is to have faith. Without faith it is impossible to know Him. This is the time when the Kingdom is hidden from man. Don’t say that since it is unable to be proved by almighty science, the wise of this world, philosophers, great ministers, churches that it is unknowable. Scripture says God is willing to give us the Kingdom if we just seek it. The rewards are great; the alternative is unthinkable.