DEFEATING SATAN’S RULE
By now you should see the message clearly. The message of the kingdom is the defeat of Satan’s rule and the restoration of the rule of Christ. The good news is a righteous God ruling over mankind rather than reprobate men ruling over humanity.
Can you see why Jesus was such a threat? His message was one of divine government. “And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth” (Luke 11:2).
Even after Peter rightly identified Christ as the Son of God (his person), Christ focused Peter back toward the message, “And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I also say unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock, I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:16-18).
The English word church, ekklēsia, is often times defined as those called out ones. However, ekklēsia can also mean government. This makes sense when you understand the difference between the preaching of the person of Christ and the message of Christ. In other words, Jesus is saying, “I will build my government (not a white steepled religious church) and the gates of hell (Satan’s government) shall not prevail against it.
Now is the time to think about Christ's instruction. “But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33).