Praise the Lord, we have been transferred out of the kingdom of darkness and into the kingdom of the Son of God’s love! The Father loves the Son and finds His delight in the Son, saying of Him, “This is My Beloved, in whom I have found my delight” (Matt. 3:17; also see Matt. 17:5). Because the Father delights in the Son, the kingdom of the Son of God’s love is a pleasant and delightful place, and this is the church life! In Col. 1:13 the kingdom of the Son of God’s love is the reality of the church today.
the kingdom of God is the realm of the divine species
Even as the cat kingdom is the realm of the cat species, so the kingdom of God is the realm of the divine species. Only God has the divine life of the kingdom of God, but He doesn’t want to be alone here – He opened up the kingdom to whomever wills to come! Now there are twelve gates into God’s kingdom (see the 12 gates of the New Jerusalem) through which everyone can enter to be part of the kingdom of God as the realm of the divine species. Here are all the divine things, and it is in God’s kingdom that God can rule and reign freely.
how can we enter the kingdom of God?
This is the question many people ask and wonder about, how can we human beings enter into the kingdom of God? It is physically impossible to enter the animal kingdom once you are born as a man… Nicodemus asked the Lord Jesus in John 3 this same question, and the Lord answered, “Unless one is born of water and of Spirit, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3-5) – unless one is not put into Christ’s death (the water) and does not receive the Spirit, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Through repentance of the past and believing into Christ we enter into the kingdom of God to be part of the divine species.
we as believers are God’s kind, God’s species
God became flesh – God became man – to enter into our race, our species, and now man becomes God in His life and nature (but not in His divine Godhead) to enter into the divine species. Man was created in the image and likeness of God with a spirit to receive God, but unless man makes a conscious decision under the divine light to receive the life of God, man is still man, part of the human kingdom. We are not “born Christian” by human birth but by our opening to the Lord to receive Him in our heat as Lord and Savior, even as our life.
Now as believers in Christ, we are born of God by regeneration to be His children in His life and nature but not in His Godhead (John 1:12-13). We have not only the appearance and likeness of God, but we also have the divine life within us and we are daily renewed in our mind, transformed in our soul, and conformed in our image to become just like God. Since we are children of God, it is logical to say that we are God’s species – we are God-men in the divine species, men who belong to the kingdom of God!
[sharing inspired from the life-study of Colossians (msg. 4) and, Crystallization-Study of the Gospel of John (msg. 12), as quoted in the Holy Word for Morning Revival on, The Four Great Pillars in the Lord’s Recovery. You can purchase the morning revival book online, follow the articles on The Four Great Pillars on this blog and become a fan on Facebook for more updates ]
Lord Jesus, praise You for regenerating us and transferring us into Your kingdom! Now we human beings are children of God – we are God-men in life and nature but not in the Godhead! Lord, keep growing in us as life and keep dispensing Your life into every part of our being. Make us God-men in full, those who fully express You by letting the divine life live and flow through them! Thank You Lord for making us part of the kingdom of God!
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