God’s Kingdomship August 21, 2010Posted by chriskorson in Uncategorized.
God has established government in every realm in heaven and earth. It exists in the seen and the unseen worlds. It is all His and He reigns as the King and Lord over all. Throughout scripture God shows his Kingdomship in four authority realms: heaven, family, nations and church. (An example can be shown in the cloud/fire of God, the tribes, Moses and Aaron. More on that later.) A proper understanding of these authority realms will aid in our gift development and make us more effective.
The Kingdom of God is the government in heaven. God is enthroned and securely established as supreme ruler. (Psalm 145:13). “Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations.” God has always ruled in the heavenly realm and He does not change. No matter what happens in this life for believers, after death, Heaven is the final destination. This “final answer” should cause incredible security and peace within believers. The reality check for this “faith in God of Heaven” is during trials, tribulations and persecution in this life on earth. Your conviction or lack therein that God is in control really shows in these difficult times of life.
The Kingdom of God is the government of family. (Ephesians 5:22-23,25-26,33,6:1) “Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior… Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, … However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband… Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.” God established roles and responsibilities within the marriage. God desires to bless a marriage that is in order. Would it not be great that our marriages were in such order that they reflected the Kingdom of God?
How many times have you seen a couple with great gifting mired by their marriage relationship? I have met countless couples that are not using or maturing in the gifts because of their marriage. The wife did not respect and honor her husband. The husband did not cherish and love his wife. This disharmony causes division with the couple’s giftings. I get the greatest joy in seeing couples whose gifts are flowing in harmony with the Spirit and each other. In these cases, the couple’s harmony within the marriage causes multiplication for the couple’s giftings. This is particularly seen in leadership couples that have differing gift types. Their local churches are known in the community for the giftings of the men and their wives. Having a God-ruled, Jesus-focused, and spirit led marriage will amplify any couples giftings.
The Kingdom of God is the government in the nations. (Romans 13:1-7) “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. God has established the authorities that exist. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, … for he is God’s servant to do you good… Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience. This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.”
It is interesting to note that Caesar made himself God and the Jewish festivals were celebrated by the Israelites in ways that are less than holy. Yet, Jesus paid taxes to the Roman government and attended Jewish festivals and wedding ceremonies. Jesus believed and honored government while on this earth. Even Jesus had to alter the when and where of his ministry and giftings due to the Romans authorities and the religious leaders.
National and local governments can be good or bad, but they will ultimately serve God’s end time purposes. As long as what the government is requiring does not contradict what the Bible says to do, then we are to obey. Sometimes these two do contradict each other and we are to follow the scriptures in that case. As an example, we are to go and preach the gospel, but in certain countries that is against the law. Christians are still to share the Good News in rebellion to the local civil law. Even in these countries, all other laws that are to be obeyed. In America, you would be a strange person if instead of speaking badly about the IRS; you thanked God for them and their role in this nation! God loves a cheerful giver, but how few believers apply this truth when paying their taxes. Believers are to honor and pray for civil government because that government does affect the outworking of their gifts.
The Kingdom of God is the government in the Church. The Kingdom of God has invaded the earth and is advancing (Matthew 11:12,12:28) “”From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and violent men take it by force… But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.” God rules over everything and he shows there is a clear picture of taking back dominion on earth. The church is part of Kingdom of God and is taking back its authority in the spiritual leadership realm.
Before Jesus left this earth he established government in the church by appointing the twelve as apostles. (Hebrews 13:17, 24) “Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith… Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you… Greet all your leaders and all God’s people.” This sadly needed to be said to the church then and again today. Many do not believe in the representative and servant authority in the Church. The church is in constant change in its move to maturity, and it needs leaders to serve. If the church and its leaders do not mature, then it is lukewarm or dead. The second fastest way to halt maturing in your giftings is to disobey righteous leadership that God has appointed to guide the way through change. On the other side, the word obey in Hebrews 13:17 does not mean obey like in a command or position structure. I remember in the Air Force many times saluting the officer’s rank but not the person because his and her immoral lifestyle or lack of relationship with me. The command here is to obey (peivqw) those leaders who have persuaded you of their calling, gift maturity and gained your trust and respect. Submitting to leadership that is anything less will hinder your maturity.
The Kingdom of God is government. One of the primary Christian faith doctrines is that we serve a God of administration, organization, authority, leadership and government in heaven and on earth. In each of these realms, there are similarities and patterns. In Heaven, nations, churches and family governments, there is order, with multiple roles and responsibilities.
God has established His kingship in heaven and is making His Lordship on earth visible in every earthly realm. The Kingdom of God has a King who governs in heaven and earth (Deuteronomy. 10:14). We are to recognize and honor each authority realm. Our conviction in this area will determine how we will use our giftings. The types of governments in an area will restrict or release our opportunities to exercise our giftings. As an example, try open-air preaching in China or try speaking tongues with interpretation in a traditional non-Pentecostal Church. One will get you tortured and the other, the left foot of fellowship.
It still amazes me when I talk with believers about God’s kingdom and His established authorities that some have a negative attitude towards it. Their understanding and acceptance is based on negative personal experiences or secular instruction and not the Word of God. Instead of resisting God’s established authority, it will serve all of us better to continue in our understanding of these government realms and how we can be more effective to serve Him. The question is: are we in obedience to what the scripture says about all governments? Do you understand the purpose of each government realm? Do we understand the affects and advantages of God-given authority as it relates to our God-given gifting? Is our lifestyle continuing to change as a result of God taking the time to continue to open our eyes to these things?