x407......MY Kingdom

Lu 22:30* That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Joh 18:36* Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.

these are the 2 places in the Bible in which Jesus refers to "my kingdom".

I believe that this reference is not to the "kingdom of heaven"--nor the "kingdom of God". (see Dakes explanation of these 2 kingdoms)

Jesus here is referring to His kingdom--the operation of the kingdom of God as He demonstrated it in the earth--the kingdom of servanthood--as Jesus demonstrated it.

It is also the comparison of the worldly kingdom--the worldly way of operating (which is by one exercising authority over the rest--it consists of mans authority and power rather than Gods) as compared to "My kingdom" as Jesus calls it. Let's study this together....


25 And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. 26 But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve. 27 For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth. 28 Ye are they which have continued with me in my temptations. 29 And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me; 30 That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel. (Luke 22:25-30, KJV).

In these verses in the book of Luke, Jesus describes the operating principle of His kingdom, in relationship to the "kingdom of the Gentiles" (as embodied by the Roman government)

30 That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom,

What did it mean to eat and drink at my table?

2Sa 9:11* Then said Ziba unto the king, According to all that my lord the king hath commanded his servant, so shall thy servant do. As for Mephibosheth, said the king, he shall eat at my table, as one of the king's sons.

To eat at the kings' table meant that you were treated as a son, and not a servant. According to what Jesus was saying, we need to be servants, in order to be considered sons. We must minister and serve God and serve others amongst ourselves, in order to be considered as sons--in order to eat at the kings' table, in His kingdom.


Now. let's study the other time that Jesus referred to "my kingdom"---

Joh 18:36* Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.

What has happened here? What event is Jesus referring to in this instance?

This is a familiar area of scripture. It takes place at the time when Jesus was betrayed by Judas. A group of the high priests, pharisees, along with a "band of men" (1/10 part of a Roman legion) have come to take Jesus prisoner. Jesus goes with them freely, but Peter tries to stop this from happening--

10* Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest's servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant's name was Malchus. 11* Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it? 12* Then the band and the captain and officers of the Jews took Jesus, and bound him, (John 18: 10-12)

Jesus warns Peter not to try to stop this event from happening. But notice how Jesus states it--

" .......the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?"

Jesus is referring here to "His kingdom"--to the concept that He must serve God--by laying down His life--in order to "eat and drink at the table". He is saying here that He must serve and lay His life down, here,--(the operating principle of "my kingdom") in this life--in order to sit at the table--to "drink the cup" which has been given to Him by the Father.

After being brought before the accusations of the high priest--Jesus is then brought before the Roman governor, Pilate--

33* Then Pilate entered into the judgment hall again, and called Jesus, and said unto him, Art thou the King of the Jews? 34* Jesus answered him, Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or did others tell it thee of me? 35* Pilate answered, Am I a Jew? Thine own nation and the chief priests have delivered thee unto me: what hast thou done? 36* Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence. 37* Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice. (John 18: 33-37)

Jesus answers Pilate in what seems a mysterious way--but when we study this usage of the term "my kingdom" we can have a deeper understanding. When we have seen that this reference to "my kingdom" refers to the covenant operating principle of Jesus--servanthood--not leadership by authority over others--we can understand what Jesus is saying here.....

36* Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.

He is saying that if His kingdom where like the kingdoms in this world--His servants would fight. They would operate the way that rulership would operate in the world--the servants of the leaders would fight for their leader. Pilate would understand this better than anyone. He existed in the Roman government--one which required loyalty by submission to authority--the servants of the emperor were expected to lay down their lives for their leaders. Jesus' kingdom operates by the leader laying down His life for His servants. All serve under God's authority---no authority is used one over another. Jesus is saying that if His kingdom were of this world, He would have servants who would fight for His release--who would make war by the orders of the leader (as epitomized by the Roman government--the "kings of the Gentiles") But Jesus specifically says to Peter not to fight--not to operate as the worldly kingdom--not to use authority or power over others--even unto death. Jesus operated 100% of His time in the earth in the right kingdom. He never used authority over another person, and He specifically told the apostles to operate in the same way (Jesus said it about Himself--!!--this is not an opinion!!!)--especially "amongst yourselves". The kingdom way of operating, according to Jesus" example and doctrine--is to lay down your life--to serve others--to minister to others--not to rule with authority over others.

Jesus was telling Peter not to operate with authority over others--even enemies. In order to drink the the cup which God has prepared--in order to be worthy to be called a son of God--we are to serve God and others--and never use authority or power over others. It is the central operating covenant principle of --as Jesus says it--"my kingdom".

This is why the Roman system of government does not belong in the Christian church--in any way whatsoever!!


Drinking the Cup Of Jesus

As we have seen, the concept of drinking the cup, that Jesus drinks, is one of servanthood. But servanthood in the way of not using authority over others--not ruling but serving God and people.

21* And he said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom. 22* But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able. 23* And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father. 24* And when the ten heard it, they were moved with indignation against the two brethren. 25* But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. 26* But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; (Matthew 20: 21-26)

Zebedees' mother comes and asks Jesus if her 2 sons can sit at either side of Jesus in His kingdom. Jesus answers and asks if they can drink the same cup which He shall drink--and in fact He states that they can--they can also serve God in the same way that Jesus has--they can also be baptized in the same baptism (of the Holy Ghost) that He was.

When the other disciples are upset with their request, Jesus answers with the principle of servanthood over authority in His kingdom. To "drink of the cup" of His kingdom--in order to be righteously called a son of God in the kingdom--one must serve rather than rule with authority over others.


37 They said unto him, Grant unto us that we may sit, one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left hand, in thy glory. 38 But Jesus said unto them, Ye know not what ye ask: can ye drink of the cup that I drink of? and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? 39 And they said unto him, We can. And Jesus said unto them, Ye shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of; and with the baptism that I am baptized withal shall ye be baptized: 40 But to sit on my right hand and on my left hand is not mine to give; but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared. 41 And when the ten heard it, they began to be much displeased with James and John. 42 But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. 43 But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: 44 And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. 45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. (Mark 10:37-45, KJV).

Again, exactly the same principle is stated in the book of Mark. "My kingdom" refers to the operation of service over authority within the earth as the way of operating the church.

the drinking of the cup at the Lord's supper is also the showing of the covenant--as Jesus said in Luke 22:29

29* And I appoint (rendering a covenant--"diatithemi") unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me;

1Co 11:25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.

1Co 11:26* For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come.

The drinking of the cup represented the new covenant of the blood of Jesus. It represented the new covenant operating principle of service to God--the operating principle of "my kingdom" which is not using authority over one another--but serving God and others.


1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; 3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; 4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. 5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? 6 And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. 7 And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. 8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. 9 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. (Hebrews 1:1-9, KJV).

This passage in the book of Hebrews illustrates just what we are saying. Jesus has inherited His kingdom--He is sitting in authority in the kingdom--but the way He came to His inheritance was by laying down His life and serving others--just as we are all called to do also.

Yet another aspect of the commoness by which the church is meant to operate. We are all called to lay down our lives and serve God by serving others. All together, on a common level--sinners saved by grace--the greatest leveling aspect and commonality that we all are meant to work together by.

Why don't we get off our high horses? Why don't we just do it?!


addendum....

("Thy kingdom" was one of the biggest disappointments that Jesus gave to His followers. They were expecting Him to be a military leader, who would --as was the tradition of Israel in the past throughout the OT--destroy the enemies of Israel--specifically the Roman government which ruled Israel at the time. Jesus always referred to His kingdom as being one of service and laying down your life--rather than fighting others or exercising authority over others. His kingdom was far different that the Roman kingdom-and far different than the past governments of Israel--it was one of forgiveness and love and service. It will come into the earth--and it is meant to come through the church--the body of Christ which is in the earth.)