HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
“Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.” John 18:36
Other skies bend over Christ’s kingdom.
Other lights gleam about its gates and streets.
Other laws govern it.
Other potencies secure its prosperity and befriend its citizens.
The Author of this kingdom is God.
No human strength founded it — and none maintains it.
No human hostility can overthrow it.
The powers that fight for its welfare are unseen, divine, and Almighty!
The virtue and the wisdom and the purity of God are in it.
The Nature of this kingdom is spiritual.
Its home and seat are in the soul.
It rules conscience, mind, heart, and will.
Not outward, but inward this kingdom is.
The wealth and victory of the world are of no account to it.
But my heart, myself — these are the treasures for which it yearns — these the trophies which it covets.
The Weapon of this kingdom is love.
It cannot be propagated by war.
It does not rely on. . .
on the influence of the intellect,
on the rhythm of poetry,
on the magic and glamour of eloquence.
It gains its end by the love of Christ, shed abroad in the heart by the Holy Spirit.
It overcomes me by its gentleness.
It breaks and melts and enthrals me with its exceeding grace!
The Scope of this kingdom is universal and everlasting. There are no geographical limits which shut it in; it embraces all kindreds. There are no time barriers which stay its progress; it promises me and everyone who enters it, an eternity of blessedness, of holiness, of joy.
There is no kingdom to equal this!
Therefore, as the boy martyr cried,
“Welcome God and Father!
Welcome sweet Saviour Jesus!
Welcome blessed Spirit of grace!
Welcome eternal life!”