Someone recently wrote a letter to Christ in Me International saying that they do not believe in a physical Kingdom of GOD, but rather a spiritual Kingdom of GOD where Jesus is King.
Now, right off the bat, one may ask how it is possible for Jesus to be King in GOD’s Kingdom. Shouldn’t GOD be KING in HIS own Kingdom? Yes, Jesus is a King according to Scripture, but according to Scripture GOD is also KING. Who then is KING over GOD’s Kingdom, and who are the other kings and lords?
Deuteronomy 10:17 (NKJV)
For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality nor takes a bribe.
1 Timothy 6:11-16
But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. (12) Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. (13) I urge you in the sight of God who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus who witnessed the good confession before Pontius Pilate, (14) that you keep this commandment without spot, blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ’s appearing, (15) which He will manifest in His own time, He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords, (16) who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen.
First of all, when we look at verse 11 we see that we are men of GOD and not men of Jesus, because Jesus was also a ‘man of GOD’. When we continue to verse 13 we see that it is GOD, not Jesus, who gives life to all things – contrary to what we have been taught. Verse 15 states that GOD alone will decide when Jesus Christ’s appearing (the coming of the Son) will happen. It is important to remember that it is GOD’s decision when the second coming will be and not Jesus’ decision. In fact, Jesus will not be part of the second coming in person, because he died and was raised so that many Sons would be raised at the second coming. The “appearing” of Jesus Christ is the “revelation knowledge” of Jesus Christ – the distinction between Jesus Christ (spirit) and Jesus (flesh) – which will cause many Christian children to be raised into mature Sons of GOD. In other words, the appearing of Jesus Christ is the appearing of the Sons of GOD. The verse further states that GOD ALONE IS POTENTATE, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Finally, verse 16 once again confirms GOD as the invisible GOD, which disqualifies Jesus Christ as GOD. (Please read the full article, “The Second Coming of Christ” for more detail on this topic.)
Scripture is clear, as can be seen above, that GOD is KING and that HIS Sons (including Jesus Christ) are the other kings and lords. Please also read the article, “King and Leader” for more on this topic.
Let us now continue to the question of ‘physical or spiritual Kingdom?’
In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. (10) Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. (11) Give us this day our daily bread. (12) And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. (13) And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
We all know Jesus’ prayer: “Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”. Jesus’ prayer once again confirms that GOD is KING in heaven; he is speaking to GOD who is the ruling KING in Heaven (spiritual realm) and asks HIM to manifest HIS Kingdom on earth (to make heaven visible on earth). But, isn’t that the whole point, to make heaven visible on earth? Unfortunately, we were taught to live good lives, believe in the work of Jesus Christ on the cross and go to heaven – which is so far from the truth. The church does not preach what Jesus preached, but instead started to preach about “Jesus”, as opposed to the message that Jesus preached, which was always about “the Kingdom of GOD”.
Did GOD not manifest HIS Kingdom through Jesus Christ while he was on the earth? Yes, HE did. You could simply look at Jesus and know what GOD was busy with. While we are on earth, it is impossible for us to see GOD, or HIS Kingdom in heaven – but what we can see is GOD’s Sons expressing HIM and HIS Kingdom on earth (as was the case with Jesus when he walked the earth.)
Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; (25) but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. (26) But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. (27) So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ (28) He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ (29) But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. (30) Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.” ‘ “
And please continue to;
The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one. (39) The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels. (40) Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age. (41) The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, (42) and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. (43) Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!
Scripture is very clear on this; the Kingdom consists of many Sons who will shine like the sun in the Kingdom of their FATHER – not only one Son, let alone calling that Son ‘GOD the Son’. The church is working against GOD when they preach these things.
The parable explains the following: The seed/word is the Sons in the Kingdom of GOD. Sons are GOD’s plan and dream for this earth. Please see Numbers 14:21, But truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord.
The Kingdom is the world, because the whole world belongs to GOD and will one day be given back to HIM by HIS Sons.
At harvest time, or the second coming, Christians will believe and understand (grow into mature ‘grain’) that they are also mature Sons of GOD, just like their older brother Jesus Christ. This is the only way the earth will ever look like heaven. Imagine a world full of ‘Jesuses’, where every person is a ‘Jesus’ and every decision is made just like Jesus would! That is the purpose of Christ in you… to be like your older brother and manifest heaven on earth.
For three years (from his baptism until his ascension) Jesus, as a Son, showed the world what the invisible GOD was busy with – the restoration plan of GOD, whereby man was once again reconciled with GOD. In fact, Jesus died to manifest the Kingdom on earth.
Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.”
Now, at the harvest time (the second coming) GOD can work through many Sons in order to establish the Kingdom of GOD on earth, for all firstly to see and then to join. As soon as Christians are able to get their heads out of the clouds (heaven teaching), take up their birth right and mature into Sons, heaven can become visible on earth – and ultimately GOD can become visible on earth.
It is clear why the world is full of churches, but the earth is still not reflecting heaven, because all Christians are still children. Why is this? Because the church did not teach them that they are mature Sons of GOD, and as able as Jesus Christ, their older brother, was.
For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.
But why did Jesus say that the Kingdom is inside of you and does not come with observation?
Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; (21) nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.”
At first glance it would seem that GOD’s Kingdom is and will always be invisible, according to what the person who wrote the letter believes. Consider the following; when Jesus Christ returns on a cloud at the second coming to manifest GOD’s Kingdom, according to religion, will that also take place without observation according to this scripture?
The answer is simple, GOD is SPIRIT, and HIS SPIRIT is in you. Christ is in you and therefore also GOD’s Kingdom. Everything in the spirit is already within you.
Ephesians 1:3 (KJV)
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.
You have the full solution and ability to make GOD and HIS Kingdom visible. Please keep in mind that you are also a spirit and that you only have to observe the flesh to see what is going on in the spirit. The Kingdom, just like GOD, is spiritual. It is MADE visible; however, it is always spiritual by nature. Therefore, you do not build a physical kingdom; YOU MAKE THE SPIRITUAL KINGDOM VISIBLE. Similarly, when you make GOD visible, you do not become GOD. Unfortunately, this is where religion gets it wrong. Religion calls Jesus GOD because he made GOD visible. They made the mistake that Jesus told them not to make in Luke 17: ‘See God is here! Or See GOD is there!’ They called flesh GOD, but GOD was inside Jesus Christ, just like the Kingdom was inside him. He too made the invisible GOD visible! You do not become GOD when you make GOD visible.
Back to the person who wrote the letter. When you deny that GOD’s Kingdom is physical and believe that GOD’s Kingdom is only spiritual, you basically deny Jesus’ prayer in Matthew 6 and ultimately work against GOD and keeping HIM from becoming visible to the world.
GOD is not made visible through friendships, bedside manners or even welfare programs run by churches where Christians hand out food and blankets.
John 14:9 (NKJV)
Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
Sons manifest GOD! There are many Christian children that need to become Sons; it is a big world we live in with a lot of places where Sons need to make decisions. GOD needs many Sons to make HIM visible over the whole earth – in every household, school, business and government.
CHURCH, wake up and look at what Jesus preached about. THE KINGDOM! Take up your birthright and grow up to become mature Sons and manifest the spiritual Kingdom. We at Christ in Me International teach you just that. You are also a Son of GOD!