Jesus’ own apostles misunderstood the purpose of the kingdom and so they could not accurately hear its call, at least, not until the Holy Spirit inspired the apostles as He promised (Jn 14:26; 16:13; 17:20). They all supposed His reign, kingdom, would be political and about this world. It is not! The reign of Christ is available to mankind while we are in this world, but it is not about this world.

The purpose of His reign is to rescue people from the kingdom, reign, of darkness, Satan, and bring them into the kingdom, reign, of His beloved Son (Col 1:13; Acts 26:18). Consequently, the call of the kingdom is that we follow Christ in His rejection of this world and its economy, pleasures and riches, and we should accept the suffering that His kingdom will afford us in this life. Answering this call we find eternal life that far outweighs this world (2 Cor 4:17; Mk 8:36)!

 

31 He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. 32 He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.

33 But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. “Get behind me, Satan!” he said. “You do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.”

34 Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 35 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it. 36 What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? 37 Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? 38 If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.” (Mk 8:31-38 NIV84)

 

This is my prayer for us: that we see this world for the temporary structure that it is, and we forfeit its pleasures that we might gain the glory of eternal life.

 

Peace to you, in having in mind the things of God,

 

Jay Don