(Part 3 of 12)
The people of the kingdom are seen in Colossians 1:13-14… “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins” (KJV). The kingdom of God has come within you. Luke 17:20-21 says, “The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” The life of the kingdom is seen in power in man’s own life by the fruits of the Spirit and by the gifts of the Spirit. The apostle Paul uses the words “Christ in you” (Colossians 1:27). The word “Christ” means “the anointed one.” The anointed One is in you in power to rule and to reign. When Christ is in, righteousness is in. When Christ is in, peace is in. When Christ is in, joy is in (Romans 14:17). When the Holy Spirit is in, the kingdom is in.
Man is redeemed and the devil is defeated. Acts 10:38 says, “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him” (KJV).1 John 3:8 says, “He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.” The death, resurrection, and ascension of Christ had conquered hell and broken the devil’s grip on mankind and planet earth. Jesus said in Luke 11:20, “But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.” That’s God’s rule. That’s kingdom power… that’s kingdom action.
KINGDOM PROMISE… Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would make the kingdom of God work through His people just as it had worked through Jesus Himself. John 14:12-14 says, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it” (KJV). Jesus immediately started to talk to the disciples about the Comforter. Jesus also said, “I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Matthew 16:18-19). The keys of the kingdom are in the power of the Holy Spirit (the dunamis, the dynamic of the ministry and the power that opens doors). The keys of the King of Kings has been given to the church. Keys refer to authority, access, ownership, and freedom. Jesus spoke this word to Peter, through Peter to all the apostles, and through the apostles to every believer. Jesus is giving to you and to me the same keys that He gave to Peter. Every believer has to know how to use those keys and when to use them. Knowing the truth keeps you free (John 8:32). God has given us authority to open and to close, to bind and to loose.
On the day of Pentecost, three thousands souls accepted Jesus Christ (Acts 2:37-41). That’s the kingdom of God in action, convicting, ruling over sin and unbelief, drawing the sinner to Christ Jesus. In Acts 3:1-11, the healing miracle at the temple gate was the kingdom of God in action through the ministry of Peter and John, ruling over a crippling disease. In Acts 4:29-33, the Holy Spirit came and shook the house where people were meeting for prayer, filled them all, and the word of God was spoken in boldness. That’s kingdom power, the power of the keys, ruling and reigning over fear of the Pharisees and their religious opposition. The book of Acts is full of the actions of kingdom power, ruling over the unbelief of the heathen nations. City after city was won to Christ through kingdom power in the missionaries. History moves on through the centuries and records mighty revivals that move our day through prayer and longings for God. Kingdom power is working in our times, winning the nations, refreshing the believers, establishing churches, feeding the hungry, healing the sick, and making disciples that go into the highways and byways preaching the gospel of the kingdom. The Holy Spirit anointed the early church with kingdom power and enabled believers to spread the gospel of the kingdom in times of great persecution. It was kingdom power that enabled them to overcome any obstacle. That’s the kingdom of God ruling and reigning. 2 Peter 1:3-4 reads, “By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires” (NLT). The keys of the kingdom are seen in Isaiah 22:20-22. The term “key of David” is used. In Revelation 3:7-8, the key of David is used and refers to Christ and the church. Brothers and sisters in Christ, Jesus has put into your hands the keys of the King. You don’t have to be bound any longer. Jesus has set you free.
(To be continued…)
Pastor George Belobaba
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