HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
Heirs of God’s Kingdom
First, if the King is our Father, then we are heirs of his kingdom. There is something natural about our receiving it—it’s our inheritance. In Matthew 25:34 it says that in the last day King Jesus will say, “Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit [note the word!] the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”
From before the world, God prepared a kingdom for his children. It is theirs by the right of inheritance. And God does not begrudge his children coming into their inheritance. It is his good pleasure to give them the kingdom.
Free from Being Taxed
Second, if the King is our Father, then we are free from being taxed. In Matthew 17:25 Peter wondered if the disciples had to pay the temple tax. Jesus says, “What do you think, Simon? From whom do kings of the earth take toll or tribute? From their sons or from others?” And when he said, “From others,” Jesus said to him, “Then the sons are free.”
God does not levy taxes against his children. It is those outside the palace who feel the burden of the law, not the children within. The children are free! The Fatherhood of God means freedom.
The list of implications of what it means to have God as our Father could go on—and all of them would serve to overcome the fear that God is begrudging in his kindness to us. Just the opposite is the case. He is our Father, and if we who are evil know how to give good things to our children, how much more will our Father in heaven give the kingdom to those who ask him.
Third, consider the word “give.” “It is your Father’s good pleasure to GIVE you the kingdom.” Jesus does not say, sell you the kingdom. He does not say, trade you the kingdom. He says it is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
We have seen it again and again in this series—and O, how I hope it is sinking in—that God is a mountain spring and not a watering trough. And therefore he delights to overflow—to give, give, give! And therefore the gospel is that God does not need a bucket brigade or sweaty pumpers; he wants drinkers!! People who will get down on their faces and satisfy their thirst with his love.
He gives the kingdom! It cannot be bought or bartered for or earned in any way. There is only one way to have it, and it is the easiest way of all—the gospel way—the way of Luke 18:17, “Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”
God is not stingy. He is not a scrooge. He is not miserly or tight-fisted or parsimonious or niggardly. He is liberal and generous and ungrudging and bountiful. It is his good pleasure to GIVE us the kingdom. (See Luke 8:10.)
Fourth, consider the word “flock.” “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”
Look how Jesus is piling up the metaphors. God is our Father. And since he gives us a kingdom, he must be a King. And since we are his flock, he must be a Shepherd. Jesus is at pains to choose every word he can to make his point clear: God is not the kind of God who begrudges his blessings.