The Kingdom and the Reigning

New JerusalemIn New Jerusalem we will serve God and the Lamb, see His face, His name will be on us, the Lord God will shine on us, and we will reign forever (Revelation 22:3-5). Our reigning comes out of our current participation in His kingdom.

Revelation 1:5-6 tells us that Jesus Christ “loves us and has released us from our sins by His blood and made us a kingdom, priests to His God and Father.” Jesus Christ made us a kingdom, the Father transferred us into this kingdom (Colossians 1:12-13), and the Spirit regenerates us into this kingdom (John 3:3-6).

We are in the kingdom through the operation of the divine Trinity. Now, our living in this kingdom is “righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”

Righteousness denotes that which is right and proper. Those who live in the kingdom of God should be right and proper toward others, toward things, and toward God….Peace is the fruit of righteousness (Heb. 12:11 and note)….If we are righteous, right, and proper toward others, toward things, and toward God, we will have a peaceful relationship with others and with God. Thus, we will have joy in the Holy Spirit and, in particular, before God. In this way we will be filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit (Acts 13:52) and will live out righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit, which are the reality of the kingdom of God.*

John, despite tribulation in his exile on the island of Patmos, was a person living in the kingdom (Revelation 1:9). We too, regardless of outward circumstances, can live in the reality of the kingdom while waiting for the public manifestation of the kingdom (Revelation 11:15) which will bring forth New Jerusalem.

* From the note on Romans 14:17, The NT Recovery Version Online, © 1997-2012 by LSM.

Photo of Montana by Dr. David Goodrich, courtesy of NOAA/U.S. Dept. of Commerce.

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  1. I’m thankful that today, in this age, we can live in the kingdom as a reality. As we exercise to be right and proper toward others and toward God, we enjoy peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Through such an exercise in our daily living, we can live the kingdom life in reality.

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    • True. We cannot see the kingdom with our eyes but we can exercise to participate in the kingdom now in the Holy Spirit.

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