“I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable” 1 Corinthians 15:50"
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light” 1 Peter 2:9. Jesus said that our kingdom is not of this world, yet it was at hand. The Kingdom (or nation) of God is both a present reality and a future promise. In this present reality we are to live out the kingdom values as expressed by Jesus and elaborated by the Apostles. As a nation we are not to be individualistic. As a nation we have responsibilities. As a nation we have a purpose larger than ourselves. We are a PEOPLE, bound together in Christ, through the Holy Spirit.
“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God” 2 Corinthians 5:20. As a nation we send ambassadors to represent the interests of Christ to the nations of the world. We do this domestically and around the world. As Jesus told his disciples, “go and make disciples.” Every Christian is called to be ambassadors.
Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one, another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor” Romans 12:9. “Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law” Romans 13:8. If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well” James 2:8. Every nation has laws, and so does the nation of Christ. Jesus sums up the royal law into two parts, love God with all your heart and love others as yourself. If you do these two things you will have fulfilled the whole law. Love is the summation of the whole law. If we love others the way God has in Christ we will be following Jesus in the fashion he has called us, under his law.