This Scriptural list will edify you.
In this series, the kingdom of God has been defined as God’s redemptive reign. We enter the kingdom—God’s realm—when we surrender to his sovereignty and power and rule and authority. The entry is described in the first three points. The kingdom realm is invisible and quiet and unobtrusive presently and on earth, but when Jesus returns, it will be visible for all to see. Heaven really will come to earth in full glory and total power.
In the last two posts we looked at how the kingdom requires its citizens to live in righteousness, and then the demand of the kingdom—a costly, radical, and eternal decision to surrender to it. But the kingdom also has blessing for us while we live down here on earth. This post looks into those blessings.
Let’s get started on the list.
Each numbered item in the list is a summary of what the referenced verses say.
Let’s start out from beginning with your entry into the kingdom, to your working and suffering persecution in the kingdom, and to your final victory in the kingdom.
1.. People enjoy the eternal privilege of being born again, in order to enter the kingdom.
2.. People get to repent and enter the kingdom that Jesus was ushering in, in a new way.
Matt. 4:17 (see 3:2)
3.. People enjoy the privilege of entering the kingdom like little children.
Matt. 18:4; (see 19:14)
4.. People are transferred from the dominion of darkness and into the kingdom of his Son, whom he loved and in whom they have redemption and the forgiveness of sins.
5.. People are healed because Jesus preached the good news of the kingdom.
Matt. 4:23; 9:35
6.. Kingdom citizens are called great in the kingdom when they practice and teach the commands of the law until all is accomplished.
7.. Kingdom citizens who are the least in the kingdom Jesus is ushering in are greater than John the Baptist.
8.. Kingdom citizens who are poor in spirit or are poor are blessed because the kingdom belongs to them. They see their need for the kingdom.
9.. Kingdom citizens who are persecuted and falsely accused because of righteousness are blessed because the kingdom belongs to them.
10.. Kingdom citizens are blessed because they seek first the kingdom and God’s righteousness, and then all the other things will be added to them.
11.. Kingdom citizens are blessed because it is the Father has been pleased to give them the keys to the kingdom.
12.. Kingdom citizens are blessed because they experience the truth that the kingdom of God is a matter of righteousness, peace, and joy.
13.. Kingdom citizens are blessed with healing and deliverance from demons because the apostles and the seventy(-two) preached the good news of the kingdom.
Matt. 10:7-8; 12:28
14.. Kingdom citizens are blessed because when they preach the kingdom of God signs and wonders happen.
15.. Kingdom citizens are blessed because they realize that the kingdom is not a matter of talk but of power.
1 Cor. 4:20
16.. Kingdom citizens enjoy the privilege of working for the kingdom of God.
17.. Kingdom citizens are blessed because they enjoy the privilege of praying down God’s kingdom and will in heaven to come down on earth.
18.. Kingdom citizens are blessed because the kingdom has been advancing forcefully, and advancement is the plan of God.
See Luke 16:16
19.. Kingdom citizens are blessed because they are willing to go through hardships to enter the kingdom of God.
20.. Kingdom citizens are blessed when they endure trials and persecutions and suffering for the kingdom of God.
2 Thess. 1:5
21.. Kingdom citizens are blessed because the secrets or mysteries of the kingdom are revealed to them.
See my post:
22.. Kingdom citizens are blessed because their entering the kingdom is radical, costly and permanent.
23.. Kingdom citizens are blessed because they will shine after the weeding out of the people of the evil one.
24.. Kingdom citizens will feast in the new, eternal kingdom.
Luke 13:29 (see 14:15)
25.. Kingdom citizens are blessed because they watch tax collectors and prostitutes enter the kingdom before the religious leaders do—kingdom citizens in their past may even have been those “undesirables” in society!
26.. Kingdom citizens are blessed because the kingdom is in and among them.
27.. Kingdom citizens who leave behind family when called on will receive many more in the Christian community.
28.. Kingdom citizens are blessed because they get to carry on the mission of preaching the kingdom to the whole globe.
29.. Kingdom citizens are blessed because they understand that God will rescue them from every evil attack and bring them safely into God’s kingdom.
2 Tim. 4:18
30.. Kingdom citizens are blessed because they will not stumble and lose out, and therefore they will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
2 Pet. 1:11
31.. Kingdom citizens are blessed because the kingdom, which is their inheritance, has been prepared for them before the foundation of the world.
32.. Kingdom citizens are blessed because they realize Jesus’s kingdom is from another place and is not of this world.
33.. Kingdom citizens are blessed because they enjoy the promise that Jesus will hand over the kingdom to God the Father, after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power.
1 Cor. 15:24
34.. Kingdom citizens are blessed because their body will be transformed into glorified body, so they can inherit the kingdom of God.
1 Cor. 15:50-54
35.. Kingdom citizens are blessed because they will receive a kingdom that cannot be shaken.
36.. Kingdom citizens are blessed because God has made them to be a kingdom and priests who serve God and Father.
37.. Kingdom citizens are blessed because they are called into the kingdom and glory, so they live worthy lives.
1 Thess. 2:12
38.. Kingdom citizens are blessed because they are charged to do the ministry, in view of the Second Coming and the kingdom.
2 Tim. 4:1
39.. Kingdom citizens are blessed because Jesus’s kingdom will never end.
40.. Kingdom citizens are blessed because salvation and the power and the kingdom of God and the authority of the Messiah will have come at long last!
Rev. 11:15; 12:10
So how does this post help me grow in Christ and being a kingdom citizen?
First let me say that if you clicked on this post without first clicking on, for example, the Righteousness of the Kingdom and the Demand of the Kingdom, you took a short cut! Go back and read the other ones, also!
Now let me move on.
After you enter the kingdom, you work in and for it, you may suffer persecution for it, but you will end up victorious, because God has ordained the ultimate victory over all rival kingdoms. Always keep one eye on your labor for the kingdom, and one eye on the eternal kingdom that will come with great power and glory. Never give up. Never stumble and fall away. Always rejoice, by the Spirit’s empowerment, when you go through tough times. Through Christ your win is guaranteed, in the end.
ARTICLES IN THE SERIES
10 Blessings of the Kingdom
At that link, look for Ladd’s little book published in 1959. It’s still wonderful.