We know we’re to be experiencing the kingdom of God now. One look around reveals that we’re not experiencing it completely yet because there is still darkness around us. We also know there is an appointed time for it to be realized fully on earth—when that Day comes, the Day of the Lord. Then how do we reconcile this near and far view of the kingdom?
Psalm 34:8 is the answer. “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man you trusts in Him!” Tasting is not feasting. The time for feasting is set at the close of the Day, and it’s known as the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
But we don’t have to wait in every sense of the word. We can taste the kingdom now. We can experience it in part. To what extent? The more we see that the Lord is good and the more we trust in who we are in Him, the more we experience those kingdom realities in our lives now. As we taste, the world gets to see and smell the kingdom. Yes, smell. Check out Ephesians 5:2 and 2 Corinthians 2:16.
This is one of the mountains that needs to be brought low concerning the role of the Church in this time. As we spend time with God to discern His specific will for each of us, He may lead some to go into the cultural institutions to bring His light into the dark places. But we must be careful to remember what our primary commission from Christ is for the Church now: to preach the gospel and change the hearts of individuals. Society and all the earth will be under the kingdom of God at the appointed time, and we have a pivotal part in that. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.