To understand the Kingdom, we need to be poor in spirit.
”’Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”’ (Matthew 5:3)
Don’t complicate the Kingdom of heaven. A Kingdom is firstly about a King, and secondly about a sphere of rule. The Kingdom of God is the sphere of the rule of God. Jesus once said, ‘My kingdom is not of this world’ (John 18:36), and when asked when the kingdom of God would come, He said, ‘The kingdom of God is not something that can be observed, nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is in your midst” (Luke 17:20-21). The kingdom of heaven is the rule of the King of heaven in the hearts of His people.
To be part of His kingdom, involves both a fresh view of ourselves and a fresh view of the King. In our brokenness, we turn to the King and our continual awareness of our own poverty sustains us in a relationship of dependence on the King. He exercises His kingship in a surrendered life. He is King and sovereign whether we surrender or not, but our experience and enjoyment of His kingship comes from relating every event to Him and trusting Him to be sufficient. This same Lord Jesus Christ lives in the lives of His redeemed, and is as secure, confident and sovereign as He has ever been. It is the poor in spirit who know this best.
Is Christ King in His kingdom, which is in you?
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