“the name that is above all names and at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is the Lord” —Philippians 2:9-11.
Today, we are to no longer know King Jesus just according to the flesh as the bearded one with long hair, sandals, and a robe. We are not to see Him as the baby in a manger, or the preacher on the hillside speaking to the multitudes, or the skinny bloodied body hanging on the cross. Today, we are to know Jesus as the eternal King of all creation and the Supreme power and Ruler of the universal kingdom. He is the most glorious and powerful being in the entire universe and when we meet the true King Jesus our lives become changed forever because we have encountered the life altering message of the King and His kingdom.
When Paul proclaimed the gospel of the kingdom of God it was with power and it changed people’s lives.
1 Corinthians 2:4-5 — “And my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.”
1 Corinthians 4:20 — “For the kingdom of God does not consist in words, but in power.”
When we go to a meeting at our local church facility on Sunday morning, do we hear a message of persuasive words of wisdom, or do we hear a proclamation of King Jesus as Lord and His kingdom accompanied by a demonstration of power?
This difference in seeing who Jesus really is can be a life altering concept. That is why I have included it in this section on the kingdom of God.
The gospel message of the kingdom of God is a life altering and life transforming message. Central to the gospel message is the proclamation that Jesus is Lord and that He is alive and well as the Supreme power and Ruler of His universal kingdom. From the moment we meet Him and have our encounter with King Jesus, we bow our knee to Him and from that moment on we begin to obey Him as we learn to hear Him instruct us by His Holy Spirit.
Is the Christ you know the mighty Ruler over all, or the bearded hippy-lookin’ man we see in pictures?
The Lord Himself said in John 3:3-6 that we cannot even see the truth of the kingdom of God, or enter it, until be are “born again” by the Spirit. Being born by the Spirit and filled with His life is the central meaning of the New Covenant which Jesus died physically to give to us.