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In this article, we are going to look at two kingdoms: The kingdom of God and the kingdom of man. God’s kingdom is ruled by Himself and His laws, whether they be physical or moral. His kingdom has always existed and always will. However, rulers throughout the history of the world have not believed this and still do not. They believe and, with a few exceptions, have always believed they are the ones in charge over their, relatively speaking, pitiful domains. They are not. In fact, God created them.

“All the nations you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name” (Psalm 86:9).1

Nevertheless, despite their arrogant error, Jesus has reigned over all the kingdoms of men from the beginning of time. The concept of kingship is His.

“All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations shall worship before you. For kingship belongs to the LORD, and he rules over the nations” (Psalm 22:27–28).

The kingdom of God, which includes the earth and the universe, is ruled by His laws, which are good, perfect, and just. They are manifestations of God’s character, holiness, and power. These laws are eternal. Nothing can be done by men to cause them to cease. Human governments cannot pass laws that will “cancel” them or overrule them. Can you imagine lawmakers attempting this? It would invoke this response of laughter from the Lord:

“Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against his Anointed, saying, ‘Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.’ He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision” (Psalm 2:1–4).

The laws of many nations may agree with three of God’s Ten Commandments, regarding murder, theft, and bearing false witness against another, all of which concern loving people, but our feebly constructed man-made laws are imperfect and destined to fail and fall.

And fall they shall.

“Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, ‘The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever’” (Revelation 11:15).

So, Christians yearn, as strange as it may seem, for their own nations to cease to exist when they pray in the Lord’s Prayer. “Your kingdom come”(Luke 11:2b). We long for Jesus to return and for God’s kingdom to come. We are not alone.

“For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies” (Romans 8:19–23).

While Christians pray for God’s kingdom to come, all of creation agrees and says amen.

If you are an unbeliever reading this, I urge you to bow your knee to Jesus, your Savior and Creator, and come out of spiritual darkness into the light of God’s grace and mercy. This king of all kings loves you and will love you forever.

1All Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

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