Christianity is Imperialistic! After all, isn’t that what King means?
Jesus is the King of Kings. If we have obeyed the Gospel, we have been transferred into the Kingdom of the Beloved (Colossians 1:13). As participants in the Kingdom Community, we come into a covenant with King Jesus (vertical) and each other (horizontal). The covenant is not without obligation. We ought to live by standards that are above those of the world. Christ’s supra-culture exceeds all social contrivances for happiness and righteousness. Any pursuit of happiness and fulfillment is found only in the truth, and Jesus is the truth.
The vision of this article is to encourage the Christian to Live the Kingdom Life. This vision implies that there is an objective standard in which living can be qualified. How do we know if we are truly Living the Kingdom Life? To identify every aspect of this standard would require a book of substantial length and, at best, would be minimally descriptive. Thus, the mission that accomplishes this vision is not to identify these standards. Rather, it is to encourage your quest to internalize the biblical standards by providing you with the biblical incentive to learn and live them! The mission will be accomplished by exploring our nature as participants in the Beloved Kingdom. Further, the mission will be completed by the development of two important thoughts based on the word if. The first will explore the hesed inspired obedience captured by King Jesus’ bold statement, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments” (John 14:15). We will study a few supporting passages (John 14:21, 23; 15:10; 1 John 5:3). The second “if” is found in Paul’s writings, “Therefore, if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God” (Colossians 3:1).
There can be no anarchy. Rebellion is the same as lawlessness. John writes, “Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness” (1 John 3:4). Rebellion and anarchy are the conscience, continuous practice of sin.
* This page is an excerpt from is my book Non-Negotiable: Focusing on the Essentials of the Faith. The book goes into more detail on many of these issues.
Last update: 9 September 2015