The phrase “kingdom of God” has been used so much by so many people from so many different religious backgrounds that its real meaning may have been lost. Heretofore, most have understood the phrase to mean “God’s kingdom,” or the kingdom that belongs to Him. And this is true, it does belong to Him and His children. However, there is another way to look at that phrase, and that is “the kingdom of the Spirit.”
It says in John 4 that “God is Spirit.” Therefore, “kingdom of God” can be construed as “kingdom of Spirit.” Or, in other words, it means a form of order and government headed by a Sovereign entity that is comprised of Spirit. The Master did say that “the flesh profits nothing; it is the spirit that makes alive.” “All is vanity,” in other words, except the invisible spiritual things.
We are admonished that we should seek first this invisible spirit kingdom. Also, the only true worship of the Father is in spirit and in truth. It is not any old spirit worship, but it must be spiritual and truthful. It won’t be anything remotely having to do with earthly natural things.
True worship is an invisible connection between our spirit in the human heart and the Eternal Creator Spirit. It is the connection you cannot see. You cannot legislate it, tax it, build fine buildings in order to coax true worship into your midst. It is an invisible agreement between the Creator and His special spiritual creation, Adam. “The true worshipers must worship the Father in spirit and in truth.” They must find out the truth about His invisible Spirit reign within, for “the kingdom of God (Spirit) is within you.”
It is a realm of the heart, an inner sanctum full of true thoughts about the true nature of things. “The kingdom of God cometh not with observation.” You can’t see it with your fleshly eyes. It is not of this earth. Consequently, when we look out over this earth, anything we see, be it ever so religious, cannot be or have anything to do with the kingdom of Spirit (God).
“Every good and perfect gift comes down from the Father of lights.” The kingdom of God is a dimension and realm that our five senses don’t pick up on. It is not of this earth. It must first be believed on, and then it will begin to manifest itself to the understanding of our hearts. We will never see it first with our earthly eyes and then believe. Faith must be exercised—believing having not yet seen with the fleshly eyes. The kingdom of God is the government of God, who is Spirit, and who rules in our hearts by His very essence, which is spirit.
Lastly, the kingdom of God can only be seen and entered through being “born again,” or more properly translated, being “born from above.” We must be born “of the Spirit.” This happens through our spiritual death, burial and resurrection with Christ–by faith (John 3: 3-6; Romans 6).
Kenneth Wayne Hancock