Of What is IT Made
The substance of the Kingdom of God.
Romans 14:17 "For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit."
What were you thinking. No, really, of what were you thinking the Kingdom of God was made? Hate, boredom, pain, or fear? John the Baptist proclaimed ITS coming. Jesus proclaimed ITS presence. The apostles and disciples declared ITS reality and impact. Here, in Romans, Paul defines of what IT is made and by What Agent.
To define the substances of the Kingdom of God he uses three big words; righteousness, peace, and joy. To miss the Kingdom of God you somehow have to want to miss a kingdom of being right with yourself, others, and God which cannot bring anything less than peace and joy. I mean real feelings of peace and joy and a sense of being okay! Yet IT is not these feelings but bring them.
Somehow, every day, if not every moment, we have to work at stopping God's rule over us, that is His righteousness, peace, and joy. To do this we have to damn the Holy Spirit's gifting of our right to experience ourselves as upright, resting in His eternal peace, while jumping for joy.
How can we damn the Holy Spirit. In reality we cannot stop God, but we can deny ourselves the right to feel His gift: His Kingdom within and between us. We have embraced Christ Jesus as the One Who makes us whole and complete (saved and perfect). We have identified by faith in His death in which we died and now in the resurrection He lives. Why not identify in His feelings of being right with us and His Father, at peace and resting with His Father, and down right overjoyed now and now and now.