Kingdom Principle: The Kingdom is begotten in you from above. It is not earned, achieved, or given apart from the seed of the Father taking root in you via the Spirit.
There is an interested perspective shared by Dr. Agus in his revolutionary medical book “The end of illness”. He states that we are all living with cancer within us. What we must do to prevent this cancer from killing us. His goal is to guide us to live our lives in obedience to the principles (system) set forth which he proposes for a healthy life. (Great book – a bit long and steeped in medical jargon) Overall – the simple things we do everyday matter – learn to listen to your body, feed it the right foods and take the appropriate precautions and you will not be sick…. (A gross summary of a great book) However the point is – In you already lies the very thing that can kill you, and at the same time, in you lies the very truth that can save you. (Nothing in this book is theological) But everything in the Bible is…. Is each day of your life one day closer to your death, or is your death behind you and now life has begun to flow from you?
Your body is like the the dormant cancer that can kill you and when you feed it what it craves – you go out in flames. Your soul has the most to lose here, for if your body does not live, neither does the soul – therefore it works to create a system where the body submits to the soul. This battle is a fruitless “see-saw” which kills you as a result of the war between the lawlessness of the body gratifying its desires, and a rigorous pursuit of the soul into one of two extremes either – legalism or mysticism. All to which Jesus enters bringing forth the reality of the Kingdom of God. This Kingdom is not rooted in the body or the soul; rather it is rooted in the seed of the Father, ignited by the Spirit. The choice of the Kingdom follows everyday after you are born from above to follow the principles of the King. (The little things matter – daily be with God *intimacy*, feed your spirit what it needs – be equipped and edify the body of Christ – *fecundity*, listen to the Spirit testifying to your spirit. – *ecstasy*) The last 8 posts lead up to this being the foundation of the church (individuals) to the world.
Have you ever felt completely incapable to doing something? Have you ever been asked to trust someone but did not comprehend what they were saying? Have you ever accused another of wrong doing, only to discover that you were guilty of a greater offense? In such places you may have encountered the doorway to the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God is opened to all who have been born from above by the Spirit of God. In this world, there are options as to how to live your life. The option of the Kingdom is marked by our adoption into the Kingdom. You can not choose it, for it chooses you, you can not earn it, for your admittance has already been paid for, you can not achieve it for even the most zealous endeavor of piety will not open the doors of the Kingdom.
What then does open the door to the Kingdom? – walking in the Truth of the Spirit. The Kingdom of God is not of this world and so nothing of this world can open its passage. Rather the movement of the Spirit of God upon your heart calls you forth and invites you to live as a child of God. This seed of the Father breaks through the confusion of this world and brings the clarity of the heavens. This act of being born again – is not simple evangelical salvation – for it was foretold in Numbers 21 and Ezekiel 36 – among other places… and proclaimed by Jesus over and over again as Kingdom of God. So how do you know if you are born above into the Kingdom of God?
You can connect these to last week’s reference Micah 6:8
1. Does the Spirit of God bring conviction to you, in such a way that neither your body nor soul rule over you? Contrast Isaiah ch. 1-5, to Isaiah 6 – see the change in Isaiah.
2. Do you find yourself keeping your eyes on the King regardless of the circumstance? (Psalm 29 demonstrates this does Romans 8)
3. Do the people (of the world) around you seek to understand what motivates you or fail to understand how the Fruit of the Spirit are so real in your life? (This may not ask this, but change in your live is seen by others as you seek to walk with Jesus – trace the life of Nicodemus in John 3, 7, 11, 19)