Kingdom of God style protection is what the Christian can rely on as sanctuary while travelling through a hostile world. Protection from forces who seek to harm us and our families is of utmost importance. It was refreshing for me to find out that I can live a fearless life based upon the protection that Jesus provided for us in the Kingdom of God.
Growing up as a kid and on into my adult life there were quotes and sayings that I heard bantered about. Some of these sayings were clearly understandable, but I had a hard time deciphering what others meant. I suppose my literal mind complicated things as I tried to apply the quotes literally to situations in my life at the time.
Quotes like, “You can’t have your cake and eat it to, I don’t have two pennies to rub together, no man is an island, the chain is only as strong as its weakest link, you can’t get blood from a turnip, the grass is always greener on the other side, a stitch in time saves nine, and every cloud has a silver lining” baffled me for years. Even now, I still don’t know what some of the quotes above mean.
When we received Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we were born into the Kingdom of God. The bible says that we have been delivered from the power of darkness and have been translated into the Kingdom of His dear Son.
When I became a Christian, I frequently heard “We are in the world but not of the World” quoted by Christians. When I caught the revelation of what this quote actually meant, it was life changing for me and opened the door to my faith walk with God.
The revelation came from the pulpit through my former Pastor. He explained this quote to me in a way that I will never forget. He pointed out to the congregation that there are US Embassies in various countries all over the world. These Embassies are considered territories of the United States. Being on the US Embassy grounds is exactly like being on US soil. The same laws that we observe here in the US are observed and enforced at US Embassies in foreign countries.
If you’re a US citizen travelling abroad, the US Embassy is where you go when you need help. If you’ve lost your passport, break a law in a foreign country, or if you’re a victim of a crime in a foreign country, your best bet would be to find the US Embassy. For the US Citizen, the US Embassy is your sanctuary. It’s where you go to seek protection by your country of citizenship from the foreign country you happen to be in at the time.
So for instance, if you’re physically in the country of Pakistan, but on US Embassy grounds, it could be said that you are in Pakistan, but you are not of Pakistan. The laws, rules, and regulations that govern Pakistan do not apply to those within the confines of the US Embassy.
The Kingdom of God vs The Kingdom of Heaven
The Kingdom of Heaven is the place where the Christian will go when our bodies die. The Kingdom of Heaven is a physical place where we will eventually be in the presence of the Lord. On the other hand, when we received Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we were born into the Kingdom of God. The bible says that we have been delivered from the power of darkness and have been translated into the Kingdom of His dear Son (Colossians 1:13).
John 3:5:7 tells us that unless one is born of water and of the Spirit he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God. If you are born again, you are in the Kingdom of God right now. The Kingdom of God is simply God’s way of doing things. We are under “God’s government” per se. We govern our lives by His leadership and follow God’s plan and purpose for our lives as laid out for us in scripture.
Being in the Kingdom of God is like being in the US Embassy if you’re a US Citizen. The rules and regulations of the country you are physically located in do not apply to you as long as you are within the confines of the US Embassy.
Likewise, we are in the world, but we are not to be governed by the world. We have another governmental system that we live by. We live by Kingdom rules and regulations. Just as we can flee to the US Embassy if we are in need of protection while in a foreign land, we can find comfort in the confines of the Kingdom of God.
We are citizens of the Kingdom of God and we can expect all the Kingdom benefits that Jesus came to give us to affect our lives now as we look forward to our inevitable future move into the Kingdom of Heaven.