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The Kingdom of God

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The Kingdom of God

 The Spirit of the Lord is working in the earth to bring the kingdom of God to bear in our lives and in the world.  God’s kingdom is both a future state in its fulfilment, but also manifested now.  The kingdom of God was the central theme in Jesus’ ministry.

Jesus proclaimed and demonstrated God’s kingdom. 

The kingdom of God refers to God’s sovereign rule, not a geographical realm nor a political reign.

Jesus’ ministry demonstrated the kingdom of God coming on earth with salvation, healing, wholeness, liberty and transformation.  His church is meant to also demonstrate the kingdom of God.  Jesus told us to pray for that: Your kingdom come.  Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

These gospel passages indicate Jesus’ strong emphasis on the kingdom of God:

Mark 1:14‑15, the kingdom is near; repent and believe.

John 3:3‑5, be born again to see the kingdom.

Matthew 6:10, pray, your kingdom come.

Matthew 6:33, seek first the kingdom.

Matthew 12:28, the kingdom has already come.

Matthew 13:11, the secrets of the kingdom.

Matthew 16:19, the keys of the kingdom.

Matthew 19:14, the kingdom belongs to the childlike.

Matthew 19:24, difficulties of entering the kingdom.

Matthew 21:31, repentant sinners enter the kingdom.

Luke 6:20, the kingdom belongs to the poor.

Luke 9:2, 11, 60, demonstrating the kingdom.  

Luke 12:32‑34, the Father gives the kingdom.

Luke 17:20‑21, the kingdom is within you.

These statements about the kingdom of God demonstrate the presence of the Spirit of the Lord in Jesus’ ministry.  God’s Spirit, powerfully present in Jesus’ ministry, brought the kingdom to bear in the lives of people, saving, freeing, healing, and delivering from demonic oppression.  Eventually it affected political decisions concerning justice and liberty, confronting and overcoming demonic oppression in people and in society.  Society was transformed from within, just as individuals’ lives were transformed from within by the power of the Spirit of the Lord.  Jesus declared this to be the work and evidence of the kingdom of God (Matthew 12:28).

The church proclaimed and demonstrated God’s kingdom.

The following passages tell a little of the emphasis of the early church on the kingdom of God:

Acts 1:3, Jesus continued to teach on the kingdom.

Acts 8:12, Philip preached and demonstrated the kingdom.  

Acts 14:22, the kingdom involves us in trials.

Acts 19:8, Paul discussed the kingdom.

Acts 28:23, 31, Paul continued to preach the kingdom.

Romans 14:17, the kingdom is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

1 Corinthians 4:20, the kingdom is not just words but power.

1 Corinthians 6:9‑10, evil does not inherit the kingdom. 

1Corinthians 15:24, 50, Jesus will hand the kingdom to the Father. 

Galatians 5:21, kingdom life is pure and holy.

Ephesians 5:5, the kingdom belongs to the righteous. 

Colossians 4:11, working together for the kingdom.

2 Thessalonians 1:5, suffering for the kingdom.

Revelation 12:10, the kingdom will triumph over all evil.

Note again the themes of right relationships with God and with one another in the power of the Spirit of the Lord.  The power of God was seen in signs (of the kingdom), wonders (revealing the kingdom) and miracles (demonstrating the kingdom).  See, for example, Mark 16:17, 20; John 20:30; Acts 2:43; 4:30; 5:12; 6:8; 8:6; 13; 14:3; 15:12; 19:11.

The early church, like Jesus, saw the work of the kingdom in terms of confronting evil in the power of the Spirit of the Lord, the demonstration of that power, and the freeing of people from the powers of evil oppression, to live in the love, joy and peace of God’s kingdom.

For this we can pray (your kingdom come) and work (Colossians 4:11), till in the end the kingdoms of this world become the kingdom of our God and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever (Revelation 11:15; 12:10-11).

 We proclaim and demonstrate God’s kingdom.

Response:  How is the kingdom of God revealed among us now?

You could testify to the transforming power of God’s reign.


Divine exchange

For by one sacrifice he has made perfect for ever those who are being made holy
(Hebrews 10:14 NIV).

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19 NIV).

“I was told by a distinguished rabbi about the ceremony when the Children of Israel presented lambs to the priest. The lamb would be impaled on a horizontal and vertical pole. Its back would be flayed to ensure it was a spotless lamb. None of its bones would be broken, and the blood would be drained from the lamb.
“Does that sound familiar? The lamb was roasted on two poles forming a cross. Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, was placed on a cross. His hands and feet were pierced, and none of His bones were broken. Jesus was crucified on the very day the Passover lambs were being offered up.”
Dr Michael Evans (Jerusalem Prayer Team)

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See also:

Cultural Types: The Lewis Model

5 Stages of Culutre Shock

5 common misconceptions between foreigners and Thais

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Revival summaries – Middle Ages to Reformation

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Revivals in history
Revivals were often ignored, minimized or opposed for many reasons:

  1. Some historians wrote for predominantly secular purposes, so ignored significant Spirit movements.  Josephus referred only briefly to Jesus and his troublesome sect.[i]
  2. Many historians wrote from the perspective of the established church, which often opposed and suppressed revival movements.[ii]
  3. Strong impacts of the Spirit constantly initiated new movements which criticized and threatened the established order, so these movements were opposed, their writings destroyed and many leaders martyred.[iii]
  4. Authentic revival movements were often regarded as heretical, and their leaders killed, as happened with Jesus, the leaders in the early church, and throughout history.
  5. Some Spirit movements became cults with heretical teachings, and so brought disrepute on the whole movement and suspicion concerning charismata, especially prophecies, so they were opposed and suppressed.
  6. Excessive enthusiasm or fanaticism in revival movements have brought these genuine Spirit movements into disrepute and so generated more opposition.
  7. Personal and historical accounts of impacts of the Spirit have been systematically destroyed during subsequent historical periods, often burned as heretical.
  8. Leaders and adherents of revivals have often been occupied with other pressing priorities such as ensuring their own survival rather than recording their history.

[i] Jopsephus gives one brief paragraph reference to Jesus (including later Christian editing) in his section on Pilate within his voluminous accounts of The Antiquities of the Jews:
“There was about this time a wise man named Jesus – if it is lawful to call him a man, for he was a doer of wonderful works – a teacher of the type of men who enjoy hearing the truth.  He drew many of the Jews and Gentiles to him; he was the Christ.  When Pilate, at the suggestion of the Jewish leaders, condemned him to the cross, those that loved him at first did not forsake him, for he appeared to them alive the third day, as the divine prophets had foretold, along with many other wonderful things concerning him. The tribe of Christians named for him still exists today” (1988, Josephus, Barbour, p. 61).

[ii] The excesses of Montanism, for example, brought it into disrepute and for centuries it was regarded as heretical.  Wesley acknowledged the Montanists’ authenticity, as do recent historians, while also noting their fanatical and schismatic tendencies.

[iii] The Reformation period provides many examples, such as the burning of the works of Hus, Savonarola, Wycliffe, and the reformers, many of them suffering martyrdom.


The Middle Ages – to 1500

Some highlights:

—Before Constantine the church spread rapidly in spite of, and even because of, persecution.  The witness of the martyrs influenced many people.  After Constantine the Holy Spirit continued his work in the church and the world, often causing strong opposition as in the New Testament.
—Irenaeus (d 195), a student of the Apostle John’s disciple Polycarp, led a considerable spiritual awakening in Lyons in southern Gaul where in addition to his Episcopal responsibilities he learned the local language and his preaching was accompanied by gifts of the Spirit, exorcisms and reports of some raised from the dead.
—The Montanists, or the New Prophecy movement, flourished in Asia Minor from 150-400s.  This movement included a revival of prophecies and of acknowledged prophets including women, a challenge for Christians to forsake worldly attitudes with stricter living standards in Christian communities, and a strong belief in the second coming of Christ with the ideal society soon to be established in the New Jerusalem.  Montanus spoke in tongues and began prophesying at his baptism, and taught that the gifts of the Holy Spirit were still available.  The lawyer-theologian Tertullian (c 150-223) became the most famous convert to Montanism when he joined that movement early in the 200s.  The movement came into disrepute because of excesses, particularly in prophecy, but it became a strong challenge to the lax state of the church at that time.
—Gregory the Wonderworker (c 213-270), converted through contact with Origen (c 185-254), became bishop of his native Pontus and appears to have led a strong movement of conversion till most of his diocese was Christian.
—Monastic orders were devoted to serving of God and people, often in protest to laxity and nominal Christianity in the church.  Many of these leaders led strong spiritual movements including various miracles, healings and exorcisms, although caution is needed in distinguishing between fact and subsequent fiction.
—Augustine of Hippo in North Africa (354-430), strongly influenced the church and society through his writings.  His work The City of God included a chapter entitled “Concerning Miracles Which Were Wrought in Order that the World Might Believe in Christ and Which Cease Not to Be Wrought Now That the World Does Believe.”
—Patrick (389-c 461) told of the conversions of thousands of the Irish, initiating active Celtic missionary activity including subsequent evangelism by Columba (521-597) in Scotland and Columban and others in France, Switzerland and northern Italy.  By 600 Augustine of Canterbury and his missionaries saw thousands accept Christianity in England and it was reported that they imitated the powers of the apostles in the signs which they displayed.
—Peter Waldo and the Waldensians in the 1100s began reform and revival movements which challenged the church and impacted society.
—Francis of Assisi in the 1200s called people to forsake all and follow Jesus.  Many did.  They influenced others in society.
—John Wycliffe and his itinerant preachers, the Lollards, made a powerful impact on England in the 1300s.  They aroused strong opposition leading to many becoming martyrs.
John Hus in Bohemia and Savonarola in Italy led strong reform movements in the 1400s which brought revival but led to their martyrdoms.  Hus was known for his unblemished purity of life and uncompromising stand for truth in a decadent society.  Savonarola fasted, prayed and preached with prophetic fire which confronted evils of his time, filled the churches, and brought honesty into much of civic and business life.
—Gutenburg’s printing press invented in 1456 made the Scriptures widely available.  This helped spark the 1500s Reformation with leaders such as
—Huldrych Zwingli in Switzerland initially calling for freedom of conscience though later denying this for others,
—Martin Luther in Germany proclaiming justification by faith alone based on the supreme authority of scripture, and
—John Calvin in Geneva emphasising the awesome sovereignty and grace of God.
—Radical reformers, such as Felix Manz the first Anabaptist martyr, were killed by some of the reformers in those days of heated religious conflict.
—John Knox fearlessly called Scotland to repentance amid the intense political and religious fervour of the times.

Revival summaries – Biblical Principles

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Summaries about revival
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Jesus’ last promise – Acts 1:8
——You shall receive power (dunamis – dynamic, dynamite)  when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and
—You shall be witnesses to me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.

Peter’s first text – Joel 2:28-32 (Acts 2:17-21)
17  I will pour out of my Spirit on all flesh …
—18  I will pour out My Spirit in those days …
Old Testament Revival texts
2 Chronicles 7:14
If My people who are called by My name
—will humble themselves
—and pray
—and seek My face
—and turn from their wicked ways,
—I will hear from heaven
—and will forgive their sin
—and heal their land.
—Psalm 85:6
—Will You not revive us again,
That Your people may rejoice in You?
—Habakkuk 2:14
—For the earth will be filled
With the knowledge of the glory of the Lord,
As the waters cover the sea.
—Habakkuk 3:2
—O Lord, I have heard Your speech and was afraid;
O Lord, revive Your work in the midst of the years!
In the midst of the years make it known;
In wrath remember mercy.
‘Revivals’ in the Old Testament
—1  Jacob’s household (Genesis 35:1‑15)
Jacob returns to Bethel – idols removed – God worshipped, covenant name Israel reaffirmed
—2  Asa (2 Chronicles 15:1‑15)
Prophet Azariah preaches – idols removed – temple restored, covenant reaffirmed – sacrifices
—3  Joash (2 Kings 11‑12; 2 Chronicles 23‑24)
Priest Jehoiada restores boy king Joash – Queen Athaliah killed, temple restored – faithful to covenant under Jehoiada
—4  Hezekiah (2 Kings 18:1‑8; 2 Chron 29‑31)
Destroyed idols (& bronze snake) – restored temple worship, saved from Sennacherib – Samaria fell
—5  Josiah (2 Kings 22‑23; 2 Chronicles 34‑35)
Ruled from 8 to 39 – cleaned up temple, Torah found and read – repented – saved from destruction
—6  Haggai and Zechariah with Zerubbabel (Ezra 5‑6)
Prophets challenged people – Leaders rebuilt temple – Temple rededicated – Passover restored
—7  Ezra with Nehemiah (Nehemiah 9:1‑6; 12:44‑47)
Repentance and confession worship restored, reforms established
—8  Jonah
Prophet preached for repentance – King and people repented, city was saved from destruction


Characteristics of Old Testament ‘Revivals’
—1  They occurred in times of moral darkness and national depression;
—2  Each began in the heart of a consecrated servant of God who became the energizing power behind it;
—3  Each revival rested on the Word of God, and most were the result of proclaiming God’s Word with power;
—4  All resulted in a return to the worship of God;
—5  Each witnessed the destruction of idols where they existed;
—6  In each revival, there was a recorded separation from sin;
—7  In every revival the people returned to obeying God’s laws;
—8  There was a restoration of great joy and gladness;
9  Each revival was followed by a period of national prosperity.

Characteristics of Revival in Acts 2 – Pentecost
—1. Sovereignty: Acts 2:1,2 – the day of Pentecost .
—God chose the time, place, people; & came suddenly.
—2. Prayer: Acts 1:14; 2:1 – constantly in prayer, in one place –
—They gathered together to pray and wait on God.
—3. Unity: Acts 2:1 – in one accord  – They met in unity with love and humility.
—4. Filled: Acts 2:4 – as the Spirit gave utterance –
—Filled with the Spirit, using gifts of the Spirit.
—5. Preaching: Acts 2:14 – heed my words – Peter preached with anointed boldness.
—6. Repentance: Acts 2:38 – repent and believe –
—Large numbers were convicted and repented.
—7. Evangelism: Acts 2:40-41 – three thousand –
—New believers were baptised and witnessed.
—8. Miracles: Acts 2:43 – many miracles and wonders –
—People were filled with awe at God’s great power
—9. Community: Acts 2:44-47 – close fellowship –
—Evangelism and commitment to one another continued.
—10. Growth: Acts 2:47 – the Lord added … daily – Daily witnessing, conversions.
Church Growth in Acts

—Acts 2:41  ‑ 3,000  added
—Acts 4:4    ‑ 5,000  believed
—Acts 5:14   ‑ multitudes of both men and women
—Acts 6:7    ‑ disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem
—Acts 8:1    ‑ persecution arose ‑ all scattered
—Acts 9:31    ‑ churches were multiplied
—Acts 11:21    ‑ a great number believed
—Acts 11:24    ‑ a great many people were added to the Lord
—Acts 12:24    ‑ the word of God grew and multiplied
—Acts 16:5    ‑ the churches increased in number daily
Hindrances to Revival
—(Adapted from How to Experience Revival by Charles Finney, Ch 8)
—1  PRIDE:  When Christians become proud of their ‘great revival’ it will stop.
—2  EXALTING SELF OVER GOD:  Some, under pretence of publishing things to the praise and glory of God, have in fact published things that seemed to exalt themselves.
—3  PREJUDICE:  A revival is likely to stop when Christians lose the spirit of brotherly love.
—4  BEING MECHANICAL: A revival will cease when Christians become mechanical in their attempt to promote it.
—5  EXHAUSTION:  A revival will stop when the church grows exhausted through its labour.
—6  SELF RELIANCE: When Christians do not feel their dependence on the Spirit revival stops.
—7  DECLINE:  A revival will decline and cease unless Christians are frequently revived.
—8  CONFLICT:  Revival can be put down by the continued opposition of the old school combined with a bad spirit in the new school.
—9  NEGLECTING MISSIONS: Another thing that hinders revival is neglecting the claims of missions.
10 NEGLECTING SABBATH: If the church wishes to promote revival it must sanctify the Sabbath.
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