The Kingdom of God as the Spreading
of the Divine Life for God’s Eternal Administration
Scripture Reading: Luke 17:21; Mark 4:3, 8, 26; John 3:5; Rom. 14:17; Rev. 21:1-4; 22:1-5, 14
I. The direction of the Lord’s move today is to bring in the kingdom of God as the spreading of the divine life for God’s eternal administration (Luke 17:21; Mark 4:3, 8, 26; John 3:3, 5; Col. 1:13):
A. The kingdom of God is actually Christ Himself sown into the believers in the church age (Luke 17:21; Mark 4:3, 8, 26).
B. The kingdom of God is spreading in Christ’s increasing to be the enlarged, upcoming kingdom, which the Lord will bring in at His coming back (John 3:30; Luke 19:12, 15a; Rev. 11:15).
II. The kingdom of God is Christ the Savior Himself (Luke 17:21):
A. Wherever the Savior is, there the kingdom of God is.
B. The kingdom of God is with the Savior, and He brings it to His disciples (v. 22).
C. The kingdom of God is the Savior as the seed of life sown into God’s chosen people and developing into a realm over which God can rule as His kingdom in His divine life (Mark 4:3, 8, 26).
III. We need to see the relationship between the kingdom and the church (Matt. 16:18-19; Rom. 14:17):
A. The Bible first presents the kingdom and thereafter presents the church; the presence of the kingdom produces the church (Matt. 4:23; 16:18-19).
B. The genuine church is the kingdom of God in this age; today the believers live the kingdom life in the church (Matt. 16:18-19; 18:17-18; 13:44-46; Rom. 14:17; 1 Cor. 4:20; Eph. 2:19; Col. 4:11; Rev. 1:4-6).
C. The church brings in the kingdom; the work of the church is to bring in the kingdom of God (Matt. 6:10; 12:22-29; Rev. 11:15; 12:10).