GraceLife Blog 38-The Invisible City


Christ died and brought the kingdom of God to earth, and the kingdom of God is full of rejoicing, peace and righteousness.  It is filled with giving, goodness and love.  So, if Jesus brought his kingdom to earth, then how do we find it?  This is what Jesus says “The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:5).

When he says that people won’t say ‘Here it is’ or ‘There it is,’ what he means is that the kingdom of God isn’t like a literal parade or like bombs falling from the sky.  In other words, the kingdom of God is not made of matter, dust or dirt–it isn’t made out of this earth.  The kingdom of God, however, is God on this earth.  It is his invisible spirit living in us, living in a city of people.

Paul writes that Jesus’ death on the cross was just the beginning of God’s grace for us.  Paul says “For if, when we were God’s enemies (sinners), we were reconciled (forgiven) to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!” (Romans 4:22).

What Paul means is now that Christ lives, now that he’s been resurrected from the dead, we have his peace and goodness on this earth because we have his life in us.  Pray to God everyday and choose to walk with him.  Even when you hurt, put your hope in the Lord and rejoice in his goodness.  He is good and he is with you.  Put your hope in God’s will for your life.  The things that kill us the most are the things that we try for and fail to get.  When we live with Christ and desire to live his will instead of our own, we can be at peace with our desires.  Even in your darkest years, choose to rest easy in the grace of Christ.

“And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.  Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.  And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us” (Romans 5:2-5).


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