Matt. 13:44 The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
The Treasure is Jesus Christ and His Authority over the fallen world the world.
The Field is The Kingdom of GOD, the Environment of Jesus.
SO the intent of Jesus’ message about the K’dom is to make clear that the Treasure and the Field are INSEPARABLE! It’s IMPOSSIBLE to have Jesus without selling off the world to relocate to His Kingdom. And further…
It’s IMPOSSIBLE to have His POWER without living under His AUTHORITY.
Jesus said w/o being Born Again (finding the Treasure) you can’t See or Enter the KOG. But after you’re Born WHERE are you going to ABIDE?
(1) ABIDING: The 1st Rule of K’dom Authority
ABIDING in the K’dom is where Authority comes from. Born-again Christians who don’t ABIDE in the K’dom lack Authority. Satan’s concentrates his greatest efforts at getting you to slip out from under the Authority of Jesus’ Lordship and live by your own independent will and impulses. Because his greatest threat is not from BA Christians, but from KOG ABIDERS.
It took a soldier to understand Jesus’ Kingdom Authority.
Matt. 8:7-10 And he said to him (the centurion), “I will come and heal him.” But the centurion replied, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I TOO am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard this, he marveled and said to those who followed him, “Truly, I tell you, with no one in Israel have I found such faith.
What was it that made Jesus marvel? It was the fact that the Centurion understood the nature of Jesus’ Kingdom AUTHORITY and saw Jesus ABIDING in the Chain of Command.
John 5:19 So Jesus explained, “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does.
The reason Jesus was able to Heal ALL who came to Him was that He never attempted to do anything out from under the Father’s Leading. Jesus was led moment by moment. There was never a time when He allowed Himself to disengage His awareness from the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of GOD’s Authority.
Is the Holy Spirit able to tell you not to jump up right now and go to the restroom??? Or does He have to fight through your Impulsiveness and Rationalization? The answer to that question reveals whether you’re living in the KOG or just another Christian saved by Grace.
(2) Using KINGDOM AUTHORITY Manifests Jesus
1John 3:8 For this purpose the Son of God was MANIFESTED, that He might destroy the works of the devil.
The only thing that can destroy the works of the devil is the MANIFESTATION of Jesus. And the reason is because Satan has no defense against GOD’s AUTHORITY. “Then Jesus said to them, “ALL authority (even Satan’s) in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore GO and make disciples of all nations…” —Mt 28:18-19
i.e. the 7 Sons of Sceva.
MANIFESTING Jesus is an Act of K’dom AUTHORITY. You can only do it by operating on earth as an Ambassador from the KOG. Christians who ABIDE in the K’dom have His AUTHORITY. They KNOW Who they represent and what they have to work with…
Acts 3:6 But Peter said, “I have no silver or gold, but what I do HAVE I GIVE you. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, stand up and walk!”
Peter was Filled with the AUTHORITY of the K’dom. Because he had let go of all his own pride and self-defense, and totally surrender to Jesus as King over his life, GOD’s Authority was overflowing within him. It wasn’t Faith that enabled Peter to Give healing but K’dom AUTHORITY. When Faith doesn’t seem to be moving mountains it’s usually because it’s not coming from a heart that’s operating under K’dom AUTHORITY. Anyone of us can operate in that level of AUTHORITY if we’re willing to unseat SELF from the throne of our hearts, and Relocate to the KOG.