But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
In light of the Gospel of Matthew’s portrayal of Jesus as the King, the expression “the kingdom of God” is used four times in the first book of the Gospel writers: Matthew 12:28; 19:24; 21:31, 43. In its simplest form, the term is translated from the Greek word basileia, referring to the reign, rulership, authority or dominion of a king.
In the Old Testament the Hebrew word malkūt generally refers to the authority or rule of the heavenly king. The Psalmist declares: “They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and tell of thy power.… Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endures throughout all generations” (Psalm 145; 11, 13) “The Lord has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all” (Psalm 103:19). Ultimately, this sovereign rule of God, which Jesus Christ initiated with his earthly life and ministry, will be fulfilled when “the kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ” (Revelation 11:15).
The Verse of the Day and other references to the Kingdom of God remind us that we are . . .
Living in the Realm of the Kingdom of God
For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink;
but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
In this place of transition where God seals covenants,
We find the comfort that we seek and the sweet release
Of the Jubilee extended to His bondservants.
Though turmoil surrounds us, we are kept in perfect peace
With a blessed assurance that we are ever secure,
Abiding under the shadow of the Almighty,
But we must wait with patience and not faint but endure.
While pressing toward the mark for the prize triumphantly,
We are living in the realm of the Kingdom of God,
As we submit our lives to Kingdom authority
And respond to each fiery trial with the Word of God.
No longer in bondage, we are redeemed and set free.
“It is written”: the true standard where we always find
Strength to triumph, transformed in the spirit of our mind.
Matthew 6:33 is offered as a familiar hymn: Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God
Ron Kenoly also provides a lively reminder that “Righteousness, Peace and Joy in the Holy Ghost” are essential elements of the Kingdom of God.