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Contained in the gospel still is the nature of Christ’s kingdom. There are those who believe and teach that Christ will return from heaven and set up a political kingdom here on earth and will rule from the city of Jerusalem for a period of a thousand years. However, a close look at the bible reveals that God has already set up His kingdom through the person of Christ (Psalm 2:1-12).
The Old Testament through the book of Isaiah 9:6, 7 makes it clear that divine government was established in the Lord Jesus Christ and it is eternal in nature. The citizens of this government are all those who believe in Christ for salvation as can be confirmed by John 18:36. In his prayer for deliverance, King David in 2 Samuel 22:51, declares that ”God is the tower of salvation and mercy… for ever more.” Now, we know that the word evermore is used in the bible in connection with what is eternal rather than physical or earthly.
Similarly, the New Testament is full of references to the fact that the kingdom of Christ is here with us and is spiritual and everlasting in nature. Nathaniel in John 1:49 referred to Christ as the son of God and the king of Israel. We also see the wise men in Matthew 2:1, 2 desire to see the new born king of Israel. The Jews too had, on many occasions, sought to make Jesus their political leader ( John 6:14,15). When Christ rode in Jerusalem in preparation to offer Himself as the perfect sacrifice, the multitude following gave Him a noble welcome similar to that of a king and shouted ”Hosanna in the highest” – Matthew 21:5-10.
We can therefore conclude from the preceding information that the kingdom of Christ is here with us and He is reigning in our hearts as the everlasting king if we are saved by His grace. Whoever believes in Christ is already in the kingdom which will continue throughout eternity. This is the central message of the gospel.