Children of the Kingdom
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a particular people that ye should show forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light – 1st Peter 2:9.
Every kingdom has a ruler, and every ruler rules his kingdom whether it’s naturally or spiritually. Who we allow to be rulers over us will determine where will spend eternity.
When Adam and Eve sinned against God we lost our power to dominate the earth, it was given to Satan to become the god of this world. Satan influenced Eve through her fleshly desires, lust of the eyes (physical desires), lust of the eyes (personal desires) and pride of life (self interest). Just as Satan influenced Eve, he is still influencing the children of God through the same tactics he did with Eve. Just as Eve failed through disobedience so are some of us. In order to fight Satan, we must have the Spirit of the Living God dwelling in our mortal bodies. Yes, when we received salvation, we received a portion of His Spirit, but they is a baptism every Christian needs to receive with the Holy Spirit.
Jesus came to earth to reconcile us man back to the Father, there was no other way we could be redeemed, but through the shedding of the blood of Jesus. If there was not any power in His death and resurrection there wouldn’t have been a need for Him to die and be resurrected. His death was an example of us as Christians dying to sin. If were resurrected then we should live as Jesus did, not living in sin because we have been bought with a price and He has given us the power through the Holy Spirit to resist sinful influences.
Jesus knew Satan would try influencing us as he did with Eve that’s why He said He would not live us comfortless, but He would send the Holy Spirit to those that keep His commandments (If ye love me, keep my commandments, And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever. Even the Spirit of truth whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you – John 14:15-17. We need the empowerment of the Holy Spirit to fight against an unseen force we can’t with the naked eye. True Christians no longer desire what the world has to offer because they have became one with Christ and the Father.
To be one with Christ one has to be united with Him (Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away, behold, all things become new – 2nd Corinthians 5:17). A believer’s life should change because he or she is being transformed into the likeness of Christ. Instead of living for oneself, a believer lives for Christ. Instead of evaluating others with the values of the world, the believer looks at this world the through the eyes of faith. The believer no longer practices sin, he or she desires to live a life that will be pleasing to the Father. Two things that are necessary in order to our living to Christ is regeneration and reconciliation. Regeneration is the weanedness from the world, the love of Christ is in our hearts, and the world is under our feet. When we become new creatures, not only they wear new livery, but that they have a new heart and new nature. Our reconciliation with God comes only through Jesus Christ.
There is no way we can have the Spirit of God dwelling in our human bodies and we’re satisfied in the continuation of practicing living sin. When the Spirit of God is dwelling in our human bodies, we have a different craving and desires for the things of God and no longer enjoy the desires of what the world has to offer (They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world – John 17:16). Jesus was talking to the Father about the disciples then and now. When we’re born of the Spirit of God, we are citizens of the kingdom of God. Satan is no longer our father. There are two spirits and one or the other will be our father.
When the Spirit of God engulf our spirit the Fruit of His Spirit should be manifesting through us.
Love – This is my commandment that ye love one another, as I have loved you – John 15:12. This commandment for every professing Christian.
Joy – For the joy of the Lord is our strength – Nehemiah 9:10
Peace – Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you, let not your heart be troubled neither let it be afraid – John 14:27.
Longsuffering – With all lowliness and meekness with long-suffering, forbearing one another in love – Ephesians 4:2. This mean being to someone’s sin and correcting them with love and kindness.
Gentleness – And to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindess charity – 2nd Peter 1:7.
Goodness – For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth – Ephesians 5:9.
Faith – Now faith is the substance (realization) of things hoped for, the evidence (strong conviction) of things not seen can be received through faith in God and His Son. – Hebrew 11:1.
Temperance – And to knowledge, temperance, (self-control) and to temperance, patience, and to patience godliness – 2nd Peter 1:6.
Meekness – Seek ye the Lord, all ye the Lord, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought (upheld his justice), His judgement; seek righteousness, seek meekness (humility): It may be ye shall be hid in the day of the Lord’s anger – Zephaniah 2:3.
Anyone professing to be a Christian should be operating in these fruits, if not, we should be praying and fasting so that these fruits manifest in us. We can’t live according to the world’s standard and think we’re children of the kingdom because we’re not. Children of the kingdom have been given the power to overcome the world’s actions and practices. Take the time to read and study the Word of God, decide to submit to its instructions, our King and Lord is on His way back to get the children of the kingdom.