by Mike Farris
A kingdom consists of four elements… 1) the king’s domain, or territory,
over which he reigns, 2) citizens or subjects, 3) laws, and 4)
administrators to teach and administer the king’s law, or government,
with equity (no respecter of persons) and justice for all (same
punishment for same crime). In an earthly kingdom, the people die for
the king; in the heavenly Kingdom (the one Jesus came preaching), the
King dies for the people.
Jesus Christ is the King of all the
nations because of Who He is. Jesus has not overthrown another king to
make His claim. He is King lawfully by divine appointment… “the earth
belongs to the LORD, and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell
therein.” (Psalm 24:1). God the Father has decreed Him to be King: “But
as for ME, I have installed MY King upon Zion (a permanent capitol)…
and I will give the nations for your inheritance.” (read all of Psalm
2). God has anointed and sealed Him to His regal office. God has set the
crown upon His head.
Jesus came to earth to announce the Kingdom
of God. The time has come for Christians to demonstrate to all nations
there is a superior form of government. After His resurrection, Jesus
spoke to his disciples saying, ” All authority has been given to Me in
heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations”…
(Matthew 28:18-20). An earthly king is only authorized to administer the
law of God, not make his own laws. In the Kingdom of God there are only
two branches of government… administrative and judicial… no legislative
branch is needed because man cannot improve upon the law of God.
12:13: "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and
keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man".The “kings” of
the earth are in their postions for one purpose only… to administer the
Law of God. They have no authority, even though they have power, to go
above and beyond the Divine Law. Just because the “kings” of the nations
are in rebellion to the Kingdom of God and His righteous rule, does not
negate His authority. One may ask, if Jesus has all authority, why
doesn’t He use it to subdue the nations by force? That’s typical carnal
thinking… might makes right. Jesus taught that His Kingdom is not of
this worldly way.
All actions originate in the heart (Mark
7:20-23; James 4:1), and acknowledging Jesus Christ as King must began
in the heart. Instead of ruling by force as man does, from the top down,
Jesus sets up His throne where no earthly king can break in and steal -
in men’s hearts. No nation can survive forever unless Jesus Christ is
acknowledged as King and the people embrace His Law which insures
personal and national peace and prosperity.
The written Word of
God is the only standard for earthly kings’ rule: “Now it shall come to
pass when he (earthly administrators) sits on the throne (holds an
office) of his kingdom, he shall WRITE for himself a copy of this
(God’s) LAW on a scroll in the presence of the Levitical priests (judges
in the Law). And it shall be WITH him, and he shall read it all the
days of his life that he may LEARN to fear (respect) the LORD his God,
by CAREFULLY OBSERVING ALL THE WORDS OF THIS LAW and these statutes
(Deuteronomy 17:18-19). The earthly kings, as well as his people, come
under God’s Law.
For those who doubt that the Kingdom of God is a
reality, the Bible emphasizes that all people are Christ’s subjects in a
variety of ways.
First, Jesus speaks to Nicodemus about the
necessity of a “new birth”, a comprehensive transformation of the carnal
nature of man (John 3:5-7). Mankind is not ’sick’ and will get better
with scientific advancements, rather mankind is “dead in trespasses and
sins” (Ephesians 2:1). Only the regenerating power of the Holy Spirit
can make a dead man live. The fundamental issue is ethical, not medical
or psychological. Read the book, SonPlacing, by Garrison Russell to
learn how to obtain the Life of Christ… in you the hope of glory.
the written Word of God must be acknowledged as the only rule of faith
and practice. Law is not found in the vote of the people (if voting
changed things it would be illegal), the decree of the courts, or the
pronouncements of rulers. The Law of God is Christ’s the King’s Law;
therefore, it must be obeyed to live. God gives man only two
choices…Life or Death. Furthermore, being set free in Jesus Christ
liberates neither citizen nor ruler from the guidance, obligations, and
benefits of the Law (Romans 3:31), only the final curse (penalty) of the
Law (Galatians 3:13).
Third, the regenerate mind is renewed
(Romans 12:2). Every individual operates from a particular view of the
world in his mind, and evaluates all life from this perspective… meaning
his chosen religious presuppositions. True Christianity is not a
religion, it’s the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Prior to acknowledging
Christ as King, all life is seen from man’s carnal perspective: “For as a
man thinks within himself, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7). The new creature
in Christ will start to evaluate life from the perspective of the Word
of God, and began to think God’s thoughts, “taking every thought captive
to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5).
who do not want Jesus as King “will wage war against the Lamb, and the
Lamb will overcome them (not by force, but with His mercy and love) …
and those who are with Him are called the chosen and faithful”
How then, can the blessings of real peace,
prosperity, and happiness be secured which will assure liberty and
guarantee justice for all? King Jesus answered this question when He
said, “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness (which is
the perfection of the administration of the Laws of that Kingdom); and
all these things ( the needs of life of which He had been speaking) will
be added (that is, given) unto you” (Matthew 6:33).
This is a
call for all Christians, from the least to the greatest, to restore the
administration which God established over the Kingdom. God gave us the
Laws of Righteousness which His people are instructed to administer.
This Divine Charter of National Administration of establishing equity,
justice, and liberty is only possible when the Divine Law is kept
personally and nationally. And while God never granted man (or any group
of men) the right to make law, He absolutely enjoins all nations to
keep, observe, and administer His Laws. Get a copy of the book, Digest
of the Divine Law, by Howard B. Rand, available from Stone Kingdom Ministries.
Learn the Divine Law, teach it to your children and
grandchildren. Be the “salt and light” God called you to be. Become an
overcomer, even as Jesus Christ overcame, and sit with Him on His throne
(James 1:12; Revelation 3:21). Pledge your allegiance to the Kingdom of
Christ himself says the Law is to be fulfilled on earth.
Our earthly life is a ‘dress rehearsal’ for Kingdom service. Christians
should demand that all government be based on the firm foundation of
God's Laws and abolish corrupt government.
“Do not think that I
came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but
to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass
away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all
is fulfilled. Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these
commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom
of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great
in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:17-19)
Our Father which art
in heaven… Thy Kingdom come… Thy will be done on earth as it is in
heaven. The Kingdom is a prepared place for a prepared people.
The National Anthem of the Kingdom of God