Word and Spirit: The Kingdom

Monday morning meditation on the instrumentality of the Word and agency of the Holy Spirit as it relates to the kingdom of God.

Jesus inaugurates the kingdom by His coming to earth as the Word made flesh (John 1:14).  He was conceived by the Holy Spirit (Matt. 1:18), anointed (Matt. 3:16; 12:18; Luke 4:18) and empowered by the Holy Spirit, through which He gave commands (words) to His disciples (Acts 1:1-2).  The kingdom has come precise because of the mighty works performed by Spirit-anointed Messiah (Matt. 12:28) who utters the words of God as one who has received the Spirit without measure (John 3:34).

Jesus establishes His kingdom in the hearts of men as people are born again by the Spirit of God (John 3:3-8) and brought to faith through hearing the Word of God (Rom. 10:17; 1 Pet. 1:22-25).  It is the Spirit who gives life (John 6:63), and it is the Word which is able to make one wise unto salvation through faith in Jesus Christ (2 Tim. 3;15).  Sinners are delivered from the domain of darkness and transferred into the kingdom of Christ (Col. 1:13) and therefore experience the reign and rule of King Jesus through submission to His Word, illumining our paths (Psalm 119:105), as well as submission to His Spirit, who leads us in ways that are pleasing to the King (Gal. 5:18-25).

Jesus advances His kingdom as He empowers His people with the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8) to proclaim the word of God.  The gospel is the power of God unto salvation (Rom. 1:16), and the Spirit who applies this gospel word to the hearts of men brings resurrection life (Rom. 8:11) to those dead in their trespasses and sins.  When God’s people are filled with the Spirit, there is gospel utterance (Acts 2:4; 4:8; 4:31). Those who are set apart and sent by the Spirit (Acts 13:2-4) continue in what Jesus said and did (Acts 1:2) as His representatives on earth.

Jesus displays His kingdom on earth through a new community formed by the Word of God and animated by the Spirit of God.  As the Word works, the Spirit yields His fruit (Gal. 5:22-23); as the community abides in the Word (John 15:1-8), the Spirit works to conform us to the image of Christ (2 Cor. 3:18) and reflect the character of God.

Jesus consummates His kingdom as the Spirit brings the gospel word through citizens of the kingdom unto all the peoples of the earth (Matt. 24:14) so that His church would be built, His name worshiped, and His glory manifested among every nation, tongue, and tribe (Rev. 5:9).  As the Word goes out and does not return void (Isaiah 55:10-11), the Spirit goes out to gather in the Bride, who together call out to the King, “Come Lord Jesus!” (Rev. 22:20)

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5 Comments on “Word and Spirit: The Kingdom”

  1. James Mahoney Says:

    Pastor Tim.

    Great post. I will be going to Haiti for a week in late September. May I use this as an outline for a lesson plan for a Sunday school class on the Kingdom of God?

    I think it would be of great benefit to the people of Juanamint Haiti.

    Thank you for your consideration in tnis matter and keep posting great material.

    Yours in Christ Jesus,

    James Mahoney
    Merritt Island, FL

    • James,

      Sure thing! I’m excited about your trip to Haiti. I just book travel plans to be in Haiti Sept. 14-18.

      BTW, my plans are to think through how the Word and Spirit together influence every arena of the Christian life.

  2. James Mahoney Says:

    Pastor Tim,

    Thank you!

    I will pray that our Lord recieves much glory from your trip to Haiti.

    I look forward to any articles you post on how Word and Spirit influence every arena of our lives.

    Yours in Christ Jesus,

    James Mahoney

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