By Patricia King
Jesus stated to those who opposed Him, “You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world.” John 8:23
He further explained the following to Pilate: “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm.”– John 18:36
In the world but not of it.
We are in the world, but we are not of the world. Jesus prayed in John 17 that the Father would not remove us from the world but that we would be kept from the evil one. We are mandated to represent the Kingdom of heaven in the earth. In 2 Corinthians 5:17-20, Paul taught that when Christ is in our life we are new creations. We are Kingdom creations. Our citizenship is in heaven and we have been commissioned as ambassadors in the earth for the Kingdom of God. An ambassador carries govern- mental authority in a foreign land as he/she represents the nation he/she is from.
Ambassadors have diplomatic immunity in the nation they live in and are governed by the law of the land they come from. Do you know who you are in this world? You are a new creation. You are a citizen of heaven. You are an ambassador for Christ.
Jesus lived in two realms at the same time and so can you. He lived in the natural realm while in the earth but also in the heavenly realm or the Kingdom realm. He explained this to Nicodemus in John 3:12-13.
How do we live in the Kingdom realm while in the earth?
Jesus taught an important key for living in the world as a Kingdom citizen. In Matthew 18:1-4 He explains that we cannot enter the Kingdom realm except we come as a child. He was referring to the innocence, faith, and the realness of a child. When you are childlike, a whole realm opens up to you. Young children are not usually afraid of what people think about them. They have innocent faith and believe what their parents say. They are not concerned about paying the bills or taking on weighty responsibilities. Oh, to be a child! This is the key to entering the Kingdom and enjoying Kingdom life. Jesus wants us to be “child-identified.”
Who In The World Are You?
You are Christ’s representative, an ambassador, a co-ruler with Him, and a Kingdom citizen. But above all of these, you are God’s beloved child. Oh, how your heavenly Father loves you! Oh how He wants you to experience freedom as His precious one.