The message that Jesus Christ came to deliver was, that the kingdom of God is at hand. Jesus preached and said:”Repent for the kingdom of God is at hand.” Very few people believed Him or understood Him. Even the Pharisees of the time, those who were expecting the Messiah, they did not understand.
We read in John 3 that a Pharisee by name of Nicodemus came to Him at night and he said to Him that unless a person comes from God he cannot do the miracles that Jesus did; and the reply of Jesus to him was, that unless a person is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God, neither can he enter the kingdom of God. This Pharisee did not understand what the kingdom of God meant. The very same many believers today, do not understand what the kingdom of God means, that Jesus Christ is King and we have to serve Him, as King, Lord and Master to be part of his kingdom.
The problem is that people do not recognize the King. They do not understand that Jesus Christ is Lord, they do not believe, and therefore they do not obey the gospel of Jesus Christ and they do not become born-again, and they do not understand the kingdom of God, they do not see the kingdom of God.
Believers and Bible scholars read the gospel, the words of Jesus, as recorded in Matthew Mark Luke and John; they read those words without understanding. They do not understand what it is about. The message that is preached in many churches today is salvation through Jesus Christ. That was not the message that Jesus brought. Jesus brought the message of the kingdom; that He is king and that if we want to be part of His kingdom we have to believe in Him, obey Him, and submit ourselves to Him as the Lord of our life. Believers do not understand the message and therefore they do not understand the words of Jesus.
The reason why they do not understand is because they do not believe. Jesus Christ gives understanding to those who believe in Him and who obey Him. He reveals Himself to them. He gives His Spirit, the Holy Spirit, in them, to teach and to guide them. He gives them revelation of His kingdom and they have understanding of the kingdom of God. They understand that He is Lord, that He is God, that He is King and they serve Him as Lord. The Pharisees did not understand the message of the kingdom.
Very much the same today, many believers do not understand what the kingdom of God is all about. The kingdom of God is about the King Himself, Jesus Christ, King of kings, Lord of lords, and if you do not obey Him, you will not enter His kingdom. If you do not truly believe in Him you will not receive revelation from Him. You will not understand what you are reading in the Bible; the book will be closed to you, the kingdom of God will be closed to you, because you do not believe.
If you believe that Jesus Christ is Lord and you obey His gospel; if you repent and are baptized in water and you obey the gospel of Jesus Christ, His commands as recorded in the Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, then Jesus Christ will reveal Himself to you. He will give you revelation of Himself and of the kingdom of God, and you will have understanding of the kingdom of God. Do you truly believe in Jesus? Have you submitted your life to Him? Do you obey and follow Him, and do you have understanding of the kingdom of God?
May Jesus bless you.