A. People have long misunderstood the spiritual nature of the kingdom of Christ (Luke 17:20-21).
- They wanted Christ to be an earthly king (John 6:15).
- After much teaching, they still perceived the kingdom and Christ in an earthly sense (Acts 1:6-11).
- For example, one could be talking about the kingdom in reference to being in Heaven (I Corinthians 15:24; 15:50-53 and II Timothy 4:18).
- For example, one could be talking about the kingdom in reference to the church; the followers of Christ on earth (Colossians 1:12-13) and even the angels of heaven (Hebrews 12:22-23).
- Whether of the current (Revelation 1:9) or future (James 2:5); the kingdom refers to the people of the Lord.
II. Body: Our Lesson Comes From A Discussion Between Jesus and Pilate (John 18:33-37).
A. The kingdom, of which we as saints are citizens of, belongs to Christ and our Father (Ephesians 5:5 and II Timothy 4:1).
- To answer Pilate’s inquiry, YES Jesus is the King (I Timothy 6:14-15).
- So, what does that mean about His authority (Romans 14:7-9 and I Peter 3:22)?
- Those whom are saints are called by the Gospel (II Thessalonians 2:14) unto His Kingdom (I Thessalonians 2:12).
- Our conversation [citizenship; Strong’s # 4175] is in Heaven (Philippians 3:20).
- Therefore, we are not supposed to be worldly (Titus 2:11-14).
- Think about Jesus’ statements and prayer concerning His disciples (John 15:18-20 and John 17:9-23).
- For us who have escaped, don’t turn back (II Peter 2:20-22).
- The faithful will contend earnestly for the faith (Jude 1:3-4).
- The faithful will engage in a certain kind of warfare (I Timothy 1:18).
- Like Paul (I Corinthians 11:1), the faithful will be set for the defense of the Gospel (Philippians 1:12-17).
- Our weaponry and our warfare is not a carnal (II Corinthians 10:1-5 and Ephesians 6:10-17).
III. Conclusion: The characteristics of the kingdom are the very opposite of what we see in this world (Romans 14:17).
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