I imagine people who immigrate to the US from nations with monarch-style governments have a lot to adjust to. Democratic thinking is totally different from Kingdom thinking! In fact, these two governmental structures are nearly opposite. It’s because of our democratic mindset that we, as believers, have such a difficult time understanding the way things should be in the Kingdom of God. We just don’t know how to function!
If we’re going to become effective citizens of the Kingdom of God, we must know what a kingdom looks like. Let’s examine some characteristics of a kingdom:
- Kingdoms have a king. Jesus is the King of kings. We have been made kings and priests unto our God through the sacrifice of Jesus. Jesus is THE King, and we are kings who are meant to exercise rule and dominion in the Earth.
- Kingdoms have territories. The Earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof. It is a territory belonging to the Kingdom of Heaven, given first to Adam and then to Jesus. As kings, we are to rule this territory.
- There are citizens in a Kingdom. Philippians 3:20 says, “Our citizenship is in Heaven.” If you took 10,000 U.S. citizens and put them on a deserted island, it eventually would look like the country from which they came – same government, language, and culture. We are citizens of Heaven, living on Earth, and we are here to establish the government, language and culture of Heaven.
- Kingdoms have a constitution of basic laws. In a politically organized body, everything is done according to that constitution. Our constitution is the Bible; all of the basic laws of God are written there.
- Kingdoms have laws. All laws have benefits and penalties. God’s law in the Garden was simple: do not eat the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. The benefit of obeying was eternal life and fellowship with God. The penalty of disobeying was physical and spiritual death. In the New Testament, we were given the law of love. If we do not obey that law, our faith will not work, because faith works by love.
- Kingdoms have government. Government is an organization or agency through which a unit exercises authority. Isaiah 9:6 says “the government shall be upon His [Jesus’] shoulders.” We are the Body of Christ; the Government of God rests upon us. We are the agency that exercises Kingdom authority.
- There are privileges and benefits to being in a kingdom. If a citizen of a kingdom gets attacked, it is like the kingdom itself has been attacked. If you seek first the Kingdom of God and the devil attacks you, it is as if he attacked the Kingdom of God. Heaven’s army will protect you because you are a citizen.
- A kingdom has a code of ethics or moral principles and practices. If we violate the principles and practices of God, we do not get His full blessing.
- Kingdoms have an army. The Bible says that we don’t wrestle against flesh and blood, but with principalities, powers, rulers of darkness, and wicked spirits. We are not the ones who physically deal with them but we do not have to do all the spiritual fighting either. We have an army of angels who respond to our words and fight for us.
- Kingdoms have a currency. In the world, we buy goods and services with money. In the Kingdom, we obtain things with our faith. Faith is the currency of the Kingdom. The amount of faith we have determines what we are able to believe God for.
Becoming a citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven is simple: confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, and you shall be saved. Walking in a Kingdom mindset is a little more difficult. It’s time we embrace God’s structure of government so that we can truly see His Kingdom established here on Earth!
~Apostle David Coker