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What Kingdom? The Prince of Peace

Isaiah 9:6-7 ESV “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and; of peace there will be no end on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore.”


To understand the nature of this kingdom, it is IMPERATIVE to know and understand the nature of the King who rules it. After all, what’s a kingdom apart from its king?


The kingdom itself reflects - or at least should - the very nature of the King who rules over it - and the king we serve is one of peace.

peace not chaos

The world often views our God as anything but peaceful - citing verses in the Old Testament (old covenant) and use them out of context to make Him seem vengeful and hateful. 


But this is NOT our Father God! Nor his New Covenant, nor His Kingdom! 


Simply look at the fruit of the Spirit… love, joy, peace, patience… these are the fruit of the Holy Spirit working in our lives because they specifically describe His nature. 


And when God’s Spirit fills our heart, His attributes become apparent in our lives.

And one of His attributes is Peace! He’s even called the Prince of Peace.



ever-expanding kingdom

I love how Isaiah speaks of Jesus’ ever-increasing kingdom - Because the truth is that His kingdom is always growing and expanding.


When talking about the kingdom, most of the time Jesus and Paul are referring to a reign, not a realm. We tend to think of a kingdom as a place. But for Jesus and for Paul it almost never has that meaning. Rather it means the reign or the rule of God.


The kingdom of God refers to his reign, not to his total providence (or control) over all things.

How can God’s kingdom increase? It increases as we revere His name, and abide by his will in our lives! (hallowed be your name, your will be done) So wherever we go, the Kingdom goes!


The peace of God’s kingdom knows no end. 


true peace

You may think you know peace, but maybe what you really know is distraction.


God has a peace FOR your problems, not from them.


John 14:27 ESV Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.


The peace that Jesus brings is so much more than just escape and distraction. It surpasses our understanding because it doesn’t make sense.

Takeaways:

  • God's nature and his kingdom is peace
  • His kingdom and peace increases
  • He gives it to us so that we carry it wherever we go