The Kingdom of God is…righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost.
To live in a Kingdom simply means that's is where the King is and He rules and reigns. What Kingdom are you living in? So many say that Jesus is King and that is true, but is He really King of your life? These three words describe the Kingdom of God found in the Holy Ghost.
First, righteousness, Jesus' righteousness and what He did on the cross, turning God's wrath to mercy, becoming a propitiation for our sin, this is not something we have because of our own doing. We can't earn it and we can't be good enough to receive it. It's a gift we receive by faith and we have also received abundant grace. This grace does not give us license to sin, but grants us the freedom to live and grow in godliness.
I'm reminded of a song that says "The wind and waves still know Your name." When the disciples were afraid in the boat that Jesus was sleeping in they woke Him from His sleep and He spoke "peace". Many times in our own lives the wind and waves of life feel like they will overtake us, but if we are walking in God's Kingdom where Jesus is King and we are daily being filled with His Spirit, those storms of life can come at us and we are safe in His peace that surpasses all understanding. Peace with God comes when you have received Him as your Lord. God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16 This word is unconditional love, by choice and by an act of the will. The word denotes unconquerable benevolence and seeks highest good for mankind. Romans 5:8 says "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us." What an amazing love, we can love Him because He first loved us. I still remember so vividly when I made Jesus Lord of my life and that peace with God flooded my being. The peace of God comes only after we have peace with Him. No matter what comes at us or life's hardships we can have that supernatural peace that rules our hearts and minds. In John 14:27 Jesus said "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."
Then John 15 verses 9-11 Jesus says, "As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full."
Here we move to the last word used to describe the Kingdom of God, joy. There are so many scriptures about joy in both the old testament and new testament, "in His presence is fullness of joy; joy comes in the morning; with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation; the joy of the Lord is our strength; count it all joy when we fall into various trials; though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory". That's just a small sample of scriptures not to mention the word rejoice! Jesus points the way to joy. Joy is rooted in relationship with the Holy Spirit, not earthly or material things.
Tammie Aguirre is Co-Pastor and Worship Leader at Christian Fellowship Church. Serving in full-time pastoral ministry since 1994 along with her husband Ben. She is a pursuer of the Spirit of the Lord with a desire to lead people into His presence with enthusiastic praise and worship and has a teaching gift that encourages a strong relationship with God and with one another.