My brother painted this picture in his last year of high school – art teacher offered him $2,000 dollars for it – he declined and gave it to my dad as a present.
When the word “kingdom” refers to God’s Kingdom, it always refers to His reign, His rule and His sovereignty. It does not refer to the realm or the geography over which He reigns.
“The Lord has made the heavens his throne;
from there he rules over everything.” – Psalm 103:19
God’s Kingdom is His universal rule, His sovereignty over all the earth.
“They will speak of the glory of your kingdom;
they will give examples of your power.” – Psalm 145:11
In the parallelism of Hebrew poetry, the two lines express the same truth. God’s Kingdom is His power.
“For your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom.
You rule throughout all generations.” – Psalm 145:13a
In the Gospels, we read this in Luke 19:11-12 —
“The crowd was listening to everything Jesus said. And because he was nearing Jerusalem, he told them a story to correct the impression that the Kingdom of God would begin right away. He said, “A nobleman was called away to a distant empire to be crowned king and then return.”
The nobleman did not go away to get a realm, an area over which to rule. He went off to get a “kingdom,” referring to the authority to exert power as king.
The Kingdom of God is His kingship, His rule, His authority. When we realize this, we can see this meaning in passage after passage in the New Testament. We can see that the Kingdom of God is not a realm or people, but it is God’s reign.
“I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” – Mark 10:15
What’s received? The Church? Heaven? What’s received is God’s rule.
When we pray —
“May your Kingdom come soon.
May your will be done on earth,
as it is in heaven.” – Matthew 6:10
– are we praying for heaven to come to earth – yes.