the word kingdom is a portmanteau, a word formed from the combination of two words which are:
- King: the ruler of an independent state, especially one who inherits the position by right of birth.
- dom – dominion or domain
Therefore, a kingdom means the domain of a king or the dominion of a king where he has absolute authority and influence over people and has the responsibility to his subjects for their wellbeing.
According to Dr Myles Munroe, a ‘Kingdom‘ as “an actual country ruled by a King who influences and impacts the domain of his Kingdom personally with his values, morality, lifestyle, and his entire principles and laws until the people begin to reflect his lifestyle.
Every king is a ‘lord’. A lord is someone who has power, authority, or influence; a master or ruler. This attribute of lordship makes a king different from a president, prime minister, a mayor or a governor. This makes the king unique.
A kingdom is often called a monarchy, which means that one person, usually inheriting their position by birth or marriage, as the leader or head of state. The kingdom is one of the earliest types of societies on Earth.
WHO/WHAT DO WE SEE IN A KINGDOM?
- Territory (Physical or Geographical)
- Constitution (The body of Laws)
The kingdom concept was born in the heart of man, placed there by his creator as the purpose for which he was created. Despite the fact that there were many types of kingdoms throughout history, there are certain characteristics common to all kingdoms. The kingdom of God also possesses these components.