I have been continuing to the think, pray, and meditate upon the topic of the “Currency of the Kingdom of God” and I offer the following verses of scripture for consideration and comment:
Acts 1 (KJV)
1 The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,
2 Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen:
3 To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:
4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.
5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?
The Messiah Jesus of Nazareth spent a little over three years with His Apostles and disciples demonstrating the power of the Kingdom of God in everyday situations. Christ also spent His last forty days on earth after His resurrection teaching His His followers the things concerning the Kingdom of God.
If we are interested in learning the nuts and bolts of this kingdom of God we should first look at the practical examples Jesus gave us in the four gospels.
Also what ever He taught the disciples during the forty days after His resurrection from the dead is most likely what the “Apostle’s Doctrine” is all about. On the day of Pentecost something dramatically changed as we can read in Acts 2:41 when about three thousand souls that had come to Jerusalem from many different countries were converted.
In the next passage of scripture we see more about what the currency of the Kingdom of God is about. We find the currency of the kingdom is not silver and gold!
As we look at Acts 2:42-47 we plainly see what some call the “Kingdom Economy” set up by the Apostles in order that the material and spiritual needs of the newly converted followers of Christ were met.This became the lifestyle of the new converts (about 3000 souls) and because of this lifestyle the church (eklesia) grew daily as the Lord added to this body of believers daily.
Acts 2:42-47 (KJV)
42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
43 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.
44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common;
45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.
46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,
The very next day after Peter preached and the Holy Spirit fell upon the Apostles Peter and John were on their way to the Temple and come upon the man who was lame since birth. In this passage of scripture we see more clearly that the currency of the Kingdom of God is not in silver and gold but is something much more powerful and enduring.
Acts 3 (KJV)
3 Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.
2 And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple;
3 Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms.
4 And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us.
5 And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.
6 Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.
7 And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.
8 And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.
9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God:
After this amazing miracle happened about 4000 souls came to become followers of the Messiah. So when we add the .about three thousand souls to the four thousand we see that in two days over 7,000 souls were added to the followers of Christ. This number did not include women and children so the total number would be over 7,000 souls.
Why did this phenomenal number of people become followers of Christ? The answer is the Apostles learned from Christ how to spend the currency of the Kingdom of God for the benefit of all those who would become by faith Kingdom citizens.
So we find this Kingdom currency is not the material things of this world but in signs miracles and wonders that were performed in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth the King of this Kingdom of God.