Do some of you think that the kingdom of God is not greater than the church? Then you are in disagreement with the New Testament church. Read the New Testament again and see that the church written about therein was longing for, looking for, waiting for…the kingdom of God. They were supremely ready to exchange their existence as His church for existence as His kingdom.
It will do you no good to leave the institutional church if you do not do so to enter the kingdom of God. It’s not being outside the institutional church that does you good – it’s being inside the kingdom of God.
When I was a pastor we sought the presence of God on Sunday mornings in our worship services. Those times could be sweet indeed. But the kingdom of God is about seeking the presence of God at all times and in all places.
The earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof…
– Psalm 24:1 KJV
Joy to the world, the Lord is come
Let earth receive her king
Let every heart prepare Him room…
– hymn by Isaac Watts
It dishonors God to act as if His kingdom has not come. Let us therefore stop dishonoring God. Let us acknowledge the kingdom which He purchased with His blood.
Are your circumstances such that it is hard for you to believe that God is present in them? Remember that hardly anyone thought that God was near that gruesome and awful day on Calvary. Yet He was.