Lesson 1: What is the Kingdom of God?
According to Witness Lee in his book ”The Kingdom”, The entire universe, time & space, physical & spiritual spheres, physical & spiritual beings as well as all creation is God’s Kingdom. God’s Kingdom are all places of His dominion as it’s revealed in Psalms 103:22, Mathew 25:32, Revelation 20:7-15. Therefore, nonbelievers and believers are within places of God’s dominion. Suffice it to say that The Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth, who is the One True God, is ruler of the seen and unseen beings and worlds. He is Owner of all that He created.
Although some beings revolted against God’s Kingship over them, this doesn’t exclude them from being within places of His dominion! That’s why while on earth, The Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth had authority over devils to cast them out! See this! Why did demons beg Our Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth to not cast them into the abyss before their time? (Mathew 8:29 & Mark 5:7) It’s because Christ Jesus is owner of all His creation and has authority over what he created! Do you see that! This is awesome! When we come under the government of our Lord Jesus Christ, we submit to His rulership becoming citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven! (John 3:5). We are no longer aliens within God’s Kingdom but citizens in His Kingdom with rights to appropriate kingdom benefits! Are you a citizen in God’s Kingdom or an alien within His Kingdom? Food for thought!
Lesson 2: What is the Kingdom of the Heavens?
According to Witness Lee in his book” The Kingdom” The spiritual paradigm in a person’s soul, born of God, is the seat of the Kingdom of The Heavens (Mathew 5-7, John 14:23). When asked about the coming of the Kingdom of God (Luke 17:21), The Lord Jesus answered that the Kingdom of God doesn’t come in a physical way or careful observation but is within a person. I believe, The Lord Jesus was saying that The Kingdom of God is the Spirit of God. Once God’s Spirit enters and settles in a persons’ spirit, then, The Kingdom of God has come. At this point, God gets ground to begin the administration of His Kingdom in that person and, through that person, advance His Kingdom on earth. But this is just the beginning of the process of the coming of God’s Kingdom!
Once God who is a Spirit, comes into a person’s spirit, the reality of the Kingdom of the Heavens is slowly released into the soul. The Kingdom of the Heavens is the culture, values and norms of the Kingdom of God or a sphere where God has influence. Every country on earth has a distinct culture, values and norms. Similarly, The Kingdom of God has a supervisor culture, norms and values called The Kingdom of the Heavens. For example, The Lord Jesus admonished us to live a life that exceeds the righteousness of religious pretenders and hypocrites (Mathew 5:20). But as men, we cannot possibly live a superior lifestyle unless we possess The Life that empowers us to live that kind of superior life demanded of us (Mathew 5:48, 1 Peter 1:16).
The woman at the well, religious leaders and lawyers (John 4:18, John 8:3, Luke 11:37-54) lived lifestyles natural to mankind. The human life within them empowered the practice of adultery, corruption, extortion, greed etc. And many of us have experienced similar forces at work within us! The good news is that The Life of God (Christ The Lord |Mathew 3:16) whom we receive, empowers us to live a holy and righteous lifestyle according to God’s standard! How awesome is this? This is the reality of victory over the world!