Jesus’ mission of revealing the kingdom could be identified with one word: righteousness. We are told, “For the kingdom of God is…righteousness” (Romans 14:17, NKJV). Jesus tells us to “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” (Matthew 6:33, NKJV). To put it simply, righteousness means “right in the eyes of God.”
Scripture makes it crystal clear: “There is none
righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10, NKJV). Unless someone is born
again by the incorruptible seed of the Word of God, it is impossible to
be righteous or acceptable in the eyes of God. However, the Word
declares: “Christ was without sin, but for our sake God made him share
our sin in order that in union with him we might share the
righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21, TEV)
Because of what Jesus did for us, we are now acceptable
to God in every way. Right standing with Him has nothing to do with our
effort but is based on the amazing work of Jesus Christ. It breaks my
heart to hear Christians refer to themselves as miserable sinners who
have just been forgiven when such a great price was paid for us to not
only be forgiven and delivered but also to be re-created in the image
First and foremost, the kingdom within speaks of the
divine nature, which empowers us to live holy and fruitful in this
present world. This power is most evident in the life of Jesus. He
showed how humankind was created to live—not bound to the burning
desires of fallen flesh, but motivated by righteousness, propelled by
the power of the Holy Spirit in love, joy, and peace—abounding in
forgiveness, healing, restoration, and lifting others to the higher
life. This is the kingdom; it’s not only to live holy but also to bring
heaven to our lost and dying world.
Now here is His charge to us: “As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” (John 20:21, NKJV)
What a statement! We are to bring heaven to earth in the
same manner Jesus did. In essence, this is how it should be: To see one
of Christ’s true followers is to see Jesus, just as seeing Jesus was to
see the Father.
What a responsibility—and an opportunity—this is for each of us!
Marked by boldness and passion, John Bevere
delivers uncompromising truth through his award-winning curriculum and
best-selling books now available in over sixty languages. His newest
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