The Kingdom Planted into Us

New JerusalemThe throne in New Jerusalem (Revelation 22:1) indicates that it is the ultimate manifestation of the kingdom of God. Mark 4:26 tells us, “So is the kingdom of God: as if a man cast seed on the earth.” Like Revelation 22:1-2, Mark 4 shows us that the essence of the kingdom is life.

Jesus spoke similar words in His parable and explanation in Luke 8:4-15, “The sower went out to sow his seed….And other seed fell into the good earth, and when it grew, it produced fruit a hundredfold….And He said, To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God….Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God….that which is in the good earth, these are those who in a noble and good heart hear the word and hold it fast and bear fruit with endurance.”

Our first step toward New Jerusalem is to receive the divine seed, the word of God, into us. “A seed is a container of life” (a phrase that has been in me for decades, from here). This seed conveys the divine life, the eternal life, into us. When this life matures in us we will fully be in New Jerusalem.

First Peter 1:23 links this planting of the seed with our new birth (in the prior post). This verse says that we have “been regenerated not of corruptible seed but of incorruptible, through the living and abiding word of God.” The seed, the living Word, when sown into us causes us to be regenerated, to be born again.

Luke 8 speaks not only about planting the seed but also about its growth and maturity. This growth is in our heart. We cooperate with this growth by always turning our heart to the Lord (2 Corinthians 3:16). Whether we are in a comfortable or uncomfortable situation, whether at work, in school, or in a car, we can simply pray , Lord, I turn my heart to You. Gain more of my heart and grow in me. Lord, mature in me.

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