When asked this question along with "Are you an active subject and if you are, how so?" The responses were surprisingly similar. Most residents of the Kansas City area agreed that God's Kingdom not only means everything in the physical heavens and earth but it also means the spiritual domain of God and how it lies in hearts of men.
The latter question posed some deeper reflection from everyone who was asked.
Mike Rogers of Concordia answers that believing in God makes you a subject of the Kingdom. His deep faith and conviction of knowing where he is going in the afterlife brings him comfort.
Brenda Ritter of Higginsville comments, "We are all subjects and what we are supposed to do is spread the word of the Bible."
Lana K. of Richmond states, "I am a part of his Kingdom because I am a child of God through his Son, Jesus Christ."
Bruce Stone of Oak Grove quotes, "By being the person that He wants me to be...by being Christian."
Kathleen Stark of Lees Summit says, "I try to live by God's Laws. When I fail, I try to right myself."
The Scriptures reveal in concrete terms what the Kingdom of God is and what it will do for its loyal subjects. There are four facts that the Bible teaches us:
1. God's Kingdom is a real and everlasting government that will put an end to all human rule. Daniel 2:44, 45 reads, "In the days of those [final human] kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be brought to ruin. And the kingdom itself will not be passed on to any other people. It will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, and it itself will stand to times indefinite."
2. God's Kingdom will bring perfection to mankind. No more hunger, disease, old age, or wars. This government will accomplish what no human government could ever do. Isaiah had many prophecies:
2:4 - "...And they will have to beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning shears. Nation will not lift up sword against nation, neither will they learn war anymore."
33:24 - "No resident will say: 'I am sick.'"
25:8 - God "will actually swallow up death forever, and the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will certainly wipe the tears from all their faces."
Psalm 72:16 promises that "there will be plenty of grain on the earth."
3. God's Kingdom has a Ruler. He is not self appointed, He was chosen by His Father. Jesus Christ proved that a man can serve God with integrity until his end. By this, He also demonstrated that he is worthy of the position because he was "obedient as far as death" (Philippians 2:8). Matthew 8: 1-3 shows what kind of Ruler he would be as well.
4. God's Kingdom will come to earth as it is now in heaven. If you are familiar with the Lord's Prayer, you will remember the part where it says, "let your will be done on earth as it is in heaven." It is apparent that the Kingdom already exists in heaven, but not on earth due to the present conditions we are living in today.
Do you wonder when that time will come? Watch for the next article, When will God's Kingdom Come?
Wonderful comments from all participants. Thank you for yours and your thoughts are most welcome!