The image of the Kingdom of God is an important one for understanding the message and ministry of Jesus and the role of His disciples in His healing mission.
The King and the kingdom of God are eternal and one. Receive the King and receive His kingdom. Reject the King and reject His Kingdom. His Kingdom is a place of equality and respect, truth and justice, peace and harmony, restoration and healing, freedom for the captives and liberty for the oppressed. Jesus brings this reality here on earth into this world damaged by evil.
The King of glory became one of us, so we could become one in Him. When a disciple of Jesus surrenders to the Father’s will, daily immersed in His presence, the Holy Spirit transforms their heart and mind to become more like Jesus. In Christ Jesus they are empowered to rule and reign in this life over their selfish desires and all powers that stand against Jesus’ right to rule and reign.
the eternal kingdom
This position of victory is surrender of self will to God’s will. This position of transformation is receiving all that God gives. Therefore through transformed hearts and minds Jesus’ commandments are actually promises that He fulfils.
In addition all who receive and believe in Jesus also have a time future inheritance. An eternal state of perfect resurrected bodies that never age, never wear out and never die. Together with God they will live in a renewed world of love, peace and no evil.
When Jesus returns to the earth all who have received Jesus’ free gift of Himself, His flesh and blood sacrifice throughout human history, will inherit their perfect resurrected bodies.
‘The Kingdom of God reigns in surrendered hearts for the will of the Father to be done.’ @ineverystep