Wednesday, June 18, 2014

HIS OWN KINGDOM

In no other kingdom does God rule as supremely and as powerfully as in His own kingdom—the one He has established in the hearts of His people.

Jesus said, “Behold, the kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:21). And it is within this kingdom—the realm of our hearts—that Christ rules supreme over His people, guiding us, healing us, governing our actions and behavior.

“Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be not end” (Isaiah 9:7). This verse speaks of Jesus’ endless rule throughout eternity. Yet, it also has another significant meaning: We must always increase our submission to our King’s rule.

Can you honestly say that day after day, Jesus’ government over you is increasing? Are you bringing your behavior more and more under His authority?

You may wonder—If Jesus is in heaven, ruling in all authority at the right hand of the Father, how does He go about governing His kingdom here on earth? We find the answer in the book of Hebrews where the author tells us that in the Old Testament, God spoke to His people through the prophets. But today the Lord has chosen to speak through His Son.

“God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, who he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom He also made the worlds” (Hebrews 1:1-2).

Jesus is God’s explicit message to us—the divine Word made flesh. In turn, the Father has sent the Holy Spirit to remind us of the words Jesus spoke while on earth. Thus, Jesus governs us by the written, revealed Word of God. The Bible is our Ruler’s scepter, by which He makes His Word known to us.

If you want to hear the testimony of a man who was governed by the Word of God, look in Psalm 119:11: “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”