What is the Kingdom of God?
The Kingdom of God is the entire domain over which God rules. It encompasses 4 realms; the spiritual, the physical, the internal and external realms.
The Kingdom of God consists of every area over which He exercises and demonstrates His dominion. The word “kingdom” is a contraction of “King’s Domain” or the “domain of the king.”
The term “Dominion” means the authority and ability to rule over something or someone. So, anywhere God’s authority and ability is ruling is the domain of God, where His dominion is in effect.
The Spiritual Realm
One person tried to usurp God’s authority in Heaven (The Spiritual Realm) he was caught and kicked out, so God retained His complete dominion over Heaven.
The Physical Realm
The same person tried to usurp authority in the Earth which is headquarters to (The Physical Realm) and partially succeeded, the reason he partially succeeded is because God originally gave authority in the Earth to His Chief Ambassador, a guy named Adam who committed high treason and rebelled against God leaving a vacant spot for Satan to usurp Adam’s authority to rule the Earth.
Now, since that time to now, God has been implementing His Master Plan to restore the Earth to His complete dominion once again.
The Internal Realm
In order to fix the problem with the Earth God had to go to the source of the problem, which is Adam and his descendants and to the source of their rebellion, Adam’s heart and the hearts of all men (The Internal Realm).
The problem of rebellion against God’s authority is a defect of the human heart, and in the Bible the heart symbolically represents the mind and spirit.
Therefore, this is where God needed to start reclaiming His dominion — Over the minds and spirits of men; this is why His primary command to the human race is to… Repent!
To repent is to change your mind so God can transform your spirit!
When we humble ourselves to God and once more seek His dominion over our lives we authorize Him to transform our spirits so that His dominion can be established in our hearts.
When His dominion is established in our hearts during the ‘Born Again’ process we give life to the doctrine that the Kingdom of God has come and it is within us.
After this amazing experience of becoming born again we now have the authority and ability of God personally restored to us so that we can once more exercise and demonstrate dominion.
What do we do with this dominion?
We influence culture.
Everywhere we go, in whatever we do, as Born Again Christians we influence the culture around us until it resembles the culture of Heaven.
This is the purpose of having our personal dominion restored.
The reason we are changed internally is to have an impact on whichever society, in whichever Nation we live (The External Realm).
The External Realm
The Bible says, “For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. (Hab 2:14)
The word ‘earth’ is translated from the Hebrew word ‘erets’ which means Nations or Societies. The phrase ‘filled with the knowledge’ means ‘to be pregnant with the revelation’.
So, ‘the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD’ can be translated as ‘Societies shall become pregnant with the revelation of the glory of the LORD’.
Now, the word ‘glory’ here means weight and a weight is something that causes an impact.
If you drop a 5-LB weight on your foot it causes an impact on your senses.
What causes an impact on Societies? What is the weight of a Society?
The weight of a society is its culture.
The culture of a society is what influences or impacts it. Therefore, the culture is the weight and the weight is the glory. So, the culture of a society is the glory of that society.
For instance, the glory of ancient Rome was the Roman culture. The glory of American society is American culture.
So, looking at that scripture once again we see, “…The earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD…” can be translated as, “Societies on earth shall be pregnant with the revelation of the culture of Heaven’.
This, my friends is nothing more than the fulfillment of Jesus’ Great Commission to His Disciples, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations… Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you…” (Matt. 28:19, 20)
And this is what we, as Born Again Christians are called to do — To impact the culture of the societies in which we live.
The societies of the world are the external realms of the Kingdom of God and our job is to influence these societies until their culture is identical to the culture of Heaven.
The Kingdom of God is God’s rule over a 4-fold realm; Heaven (The Spiritual Realm), Earth (The Physical Realm), Man’s Heart (The Internal Realm) and the Culture of Societies (The External Realm).
This is the fullness of the Kingdom of God!
When God completely rules all four of these realms His dominion will once more be completely restored. Then we can truly say, “The Kingdom of God has come.”
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