Romans 14:17…For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
In relation to a spiritual Kingdom we must recognize an enthroned Christ, now. Yes, Christ is presently in the Throneroom. He rules and governs members of His body from His spiritual Throne in Heaven. His spiritual Kingdom (through the Holy Ghost) morally resides in the hearts of all believers. This spiritual and invisible Kingdom is not physically or tangibly seen in this life …but proven by the operation of God placed in the heart’s of believers in Christ.
- Peace is a product of the contentment found from the moral change Salvation of the human soul in Salvation. Peace is granted to the inner man of a believer from the Prince of Peace and our Lord Jesus Christ.
- Joy is a sense of happiness found from the removal of guilt and shame from the life of a sinner to the conversion of a saint. Joy is inner happiness that stems from the contented life of a child of God. The Kingdom of joy is within the believing soul.
- Righteousness is the God given ability to stand in the presence of God Almighty without guilt, shame, or condemnation as if sin never existed. Righteousness is within and very much the nucleus of God’s Spiritual Kingdom.
Christ spiritually rules and governs His body from Heaven. Unlike the future Kingdom that will physically take place on Earth when Christ returns the second time…the present Kingdom from Heaven to men now is manifested through the Holy Ghost that leads, guides, and directs our lives in preparation for the Rapture of the Church.
As for now until Christ calls out His Church to meet with Him in the air the Kingdom within can be seen as: Righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost…Romans 14:17