Jesus told us to pray to the Father: “Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven…” The Kingdom of God is His reign established. When the King of Kings fully reigns on earth, the perfect will of God will finally be completely manifest on earth! That’s what we are praying for and it should, even more importantly; be what we are living for!
Jesus instructed us to “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness”
“Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne…” (Psalm 89:14) This is not just a spiritual sounding concept but, a reality. The throne (or rule) of Jesus begins with righteousness and justice! That is why one of the foremost truths that a born-again believer must understand is that he made our spirit’s righteous the very moment that we were born-again. His Kingdom began to reign in our spirits when we received the gift of righteousness because of his perfect work! (2 Cor.5:21, Rom.8:10)
But, that’s just the beginning…It then becomes our responsibility to co-operate with the Holy Spirit and establish his reign in our entire beings. As we do that, we will manifest His Kingdom in the world through us! Even though His Kingdom is in our spirits, we cannot bring it to the world if it remains trapped there. We need to release His Kingdom into our mind, emotions and will (our soul) before we can spread the good news of His reign into the world.
There’s so much about righteousness and justice in the Scriptures, it is a worthy study for any child of God. Many have reduced the book of Proverbs to wisdom. However, Solomon explained the reason for his writings in the first chapter this way: “To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, to receive instruction in wise dealing,
in righteousness, justice, and equity…”(1:2,3) Yes, “wisdom is the principle thing” but, much of Proverbs focuses on more than wisdom. Specifically, how wisdom is a foundation of righteousness! Proverbs 8:20 describes how “Wisdom” is calling out to those who have ears to hear: “I walk in the way of righteousness, In the midst of the paths of justice…”
Proverbs 2:2-8 is absolutely amazing but, briefly says: “seek (spiritual) wisdom and understanding like silver and gold, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find knowledge of God” and 2:9,10 say “Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path; for wisdom will come into your heart…”
Jesus commended us to “seek God’s righteousness“. Yet, much of Christianity treats righteousness as though it were dirty rags. That’s a whole new topic in itself but, we must remember that “Those things which God has purified you shall not make impure.”
Which brings up another key element to the Kingdom of God…”The Fear of the Lord”. Psalm 19:9 says: “The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the LORD are true; they are righteous altogether.” Fear of the Lord has almost been considered “old covenant”. But, Acts 9:31 describes the powerful years of the young church this way: “So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace and was being built up. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it multiplied.”
Isaiah 33:6 promises; “and he (the Lord) shall be the stability of thy times, the riches of salvation, wisdom and knowledge: the fear of Yahweh shall be your treasure.”
Isaiah 11:1,2 describes the fullness of the Holy Spirit anointing on Jesus and out of those powerful truths only one of them is re-emphasized. “And his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.“(v.3) Because “the fear of the Lord is a fountain of life!” (Prov.14:27) and it is the foundation of wisdom and also of understanding!” (Prov.9:10 & 1:7)
Which brings us to a 3rd key….wisdom. True spiritual wisdom is different from the wisdom of the world. Making money, building churches and running programs can be gifts from God. They can be guided by wisdom from above…IF, we are following Prov.3:5-7.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.”
Recapping: Fear of the Lord is the foundation of spiritual wisdom and understanding, which is the only way to follow the Lord’s righteous path. His rule is established on righteousness and justice ; so if we want to “see His Kingdom come, His will be done” more fully, we need to start with these basic truths.