Sunday, December 28, 2008

The Gospel of the kingdom 6: An Unshakable Kingdom

We have a saying in our ministry: “Where you go, the King goes, and where the King goes people bow.” The idea is that you bring the rule of Christ with you. Where Christ rules, things change. The gospel is not just a set of facts to believe, it is a change in allegiance and therefore a change in life. Someone who accepts the gospel does not just accept a few facts about Christ, he or she accepts the rule of Christ as King—a King with all authority of heaven and earth (Matt. 28:18-20). Imagine what we could do with such authority filling our sails.

From our small-minded, and humanistic point of view there are resources lacking, closed doors, and insurmountable obstacles to fulfilling a global transformation movement. It is too much. But to the King, who has all authority of heaven and earth, there are no limits. The kingdom of heaven is more powerful than any kingdom of the earth. There is not a government, a law, a criminal cartel, a cultural fad or religious movement that can withstand the rule of God’s kingdom.

When instructing His disciples to go out and preach the gospel of the kingdom in the various cities and villages of Galilee, Jesus firmly told them that even when people reject your message and you are leaving town without any change left behind you are to announce, “Nevertheless, the kingdom of God has come.” The kingdom of God is not subject to the whims of man. Acceptance or rejection does not affect God’s kingdom, because it is above all of men’s calculated methods or reactions.

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