Many people understand the message of the Bible only as salvation by Jesus. Jesus Himself did, however, also emphasise the Kingdom. The message is so important that after His Resurrection He, ‘…appeared to [His disciples] over a period of forty days and spoke about the Kingdom of God.’ Acts 1:3 The Kingdom is made up of people who repented, believed in Jesus, were baptised and received the Holy Spirit (explained by David Pawson in ‘The normal Christian Birth’ – Youtube).
The Kingdom can only be a success if all the people are unified and have the same mind and heart.
- To understand it better, we can just look at the lack of unity in nations today. The various factions spend more energy to fight with and oppose each other, than to build up the country.
- God had to keep unity in mind. It would be of no value to take divers people that are not of the same heart.
- The Old Covenant could not provide unity among the Israelites. However, Jesus, through His death on the Cross, brought the precious unity God requires:
- Jesus circumcised our hearts. God explained it in Hebrews 8:10b, ‘I will put my laws in their minds, and write them on their hearts.’ God’s ways changed from outward laws to grace. We now become righteous in God’s sight by faith and not effort. Therefore the ‘citizens’ of God’s Kingdom have the same faith.
- Because we were slaves to sin and set free by the precious blood of Jesus, our love and loyalty for the Saviour unites us.
- Jesus gives us all the same Holy Spirit. Because He is Spirit, He can be in billions of the followers of Jesus at the same time. The Holy Spirit teaches one unified doctrine about the King and His plans for man. Therefore, despite our differences in gifts and talents, we are united by the same Holy Spirit who teaches from one Scripture.
What God accomplished in Jesus on the Cross is brilliant: only Jesus could give God a unified nation that will glorify and love Him with one heart for all eternity.