The Kingdom of God

Big Idea: The Kingdom of God is the central theme of the Bible. Unless we understand how the Kingdom operates and where we fit into the King’s dominion, we will fall short of fulfilling our life purpose while on earth.

The Residual Principle: If you want to know the purpose of something, you simply have to look ahead to the end of the story. So, if we want to understand God’s purposes for creating mankind, then we look at the last page of the Book.

To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood— and He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father—to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. Revelation 1:5c-6 NASB

 

‘Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me. ‘He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. ‘He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’” Revelation 3:20-22 NASB

There will no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bond-servants will serve Him; they will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads. And there will no longer be any night; and they will not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God will illumine them; and they will reign forever and ever. Revelation 22:3-5 NASB

 

How does life prepare us to rule with King Jesus?

 

The three gardens give us an overview of the path of life.

You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.
Psalms 16:11 NASB

Garden #1 Gethsemane The Lord God planted a garden toward the east, in Eden; and there He placed the man whom He had formed. Out of the ground the Lord God caused to grow every tree that is pleasing to the sight and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  Genesis 2:8-9 NASB

Garden #2 Gethsemane Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to His disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” Matthew 26:36 And being in agony He was praying very fervently; and His sweat became like drops of blood, falling down upon the ground.   Luke 22:44 NASB

Garden #3 Heaven Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb, in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
Revelation 22:1-2

       The story of the Kingdom is illustrated by the parable of Snow White

Snow White represents all of us on our journey to become Co-rulers with the King. White and black and red, represent the colours of the story — righteousness, sin and Jesus’s blood.

 

Snow White, like Adam and Eve, was born into destiny as the beautiful daughter of the King and Queen.

 

The good Queen died, and the Evil Step-mother entered the story — a picture of the fall of Adam and Eve, and the subsequent rule of Satan.

The evil Queen and her servant tried to kill Snow White — Satan’s plan to destroy and kill the Church.

 

She ran to the forest. That’s Garden #2
The evil Queen and her servant tried to kill Snow White — Satan’s plan to destroy and kill the Church.

She ran to the forest. That’s Garden #2

She came to the safety of the seven dwarfs. They represent the under-grown Church. The evil Queen discovered where she was and three subsequent temptations followed. Although warned by the dwarfs, Snow White gave into the temptations and suffered the consequences.

 

Death ultimately came in the second garden. “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.  John 12:24

 

The Prince came and fell in love with Snow White and rescued her. New life followed. She was born again.

 

They were married, became King and Queen, and reigned together.

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