Christianity is all about transformation (
12:2). The leaven of Christ’s kingdom is to permeate the whole batch of dough
(Matt. 13:33), which means that Christians are to turn the whole world upside
down by use of the Gospel (Acts 17:6). The Gospel began to spread from Rom. (Acts 8:1-5),
especially with Philip’s and Peter’s missionary journeys (Acts 8:5-13; 26-40;
9:32-10:48). Then, beginning in earnest with the Apostle Paul’s missionary
journeys, Christianity built the West as its influence grew through the
centuries. However, because there is yet to be a “Christian era” it is wrong to
speak of a “post-Christian” era. Jerusalem
Jesus says, ‘My kingdom is not of this world’ John 18:36a. ‘Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the
of God would come, He answered them
and said, “The
does not come with observation; nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.”’ Luke 17:20-21. Thus,
the spread of Christ’s kingdom is invisible to the naked eye. It is spiritual,
and, as such, is the domain of the Holy Spirit. kingdom of God
The Spirit started His work right at the beginning of creation, shaping the world (Gen. 1:2) and working invisibly in the hearts of men even after the Fall (Gen. 6:3). Those who have been chosen by the Father (Eph. 1:3-6) also belong to the Son (John 17:6) and enter His kingdom as the Spirit enables them (John 3:5-8). However, those who do not belong to the kingdom always resist the Holy Spirit (Acts 7:51). Thus the world consists of people who belong to the kingdom living side by side with people who belong to the evil one. The two kingdoms are described in the parable of the Wheat and the Tares (Matt. 13:24-30). Likewise the Lord’s Church on earth comprises of true believers and unbelievers (some of whom may be deluded). ‘They are not all Israel who are of Israel’ Romans 9:6b, and, ‘They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us’ 1 John 2:19.
So we see then that the Spirit is at work in the world transforming individuals who, collectively, make up the
on earth. Thus,
of God grows on earth as the Spirit works
effectively with the Word in the hearts of believers. ‘He who has begun a good work in you will complete it
until the day of Jesus Christ’ Philippians 1:6. ‘For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea’ Habakkuk 2:14. kingdom of Heaven
Christ’s transforming kingdom began with the salvation of an individual, i.e., Adam, right after the Fall (Gen. 3:21). Like the mustard seed growing into a great tree it grew into a family in Abraham (Gen. 15:4-6). It continued to grow and became a nation in Jacob (Gen. 49:1-28). It became international, nay, cosmic, when Christ (the Seed of the Woman who was promised in Genesis 3:15 with Galatians 3:16) rose from the dead and ascended into Heaven from whence He and the Father sprinkled His Church, baptising her with the Holy Spirit. Thus, as the Spirit enables, Christ’s kingdom spreads, transforming whole nations.
‘And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God’ Romans 12:2.