Because of Adam’s sin we were born into a place, or a system, of sin.
“For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins,” Colossians 1:13-14 (NASB)
Jesus Christ removes us from the dominion of sin and places us under His dominion. We aren’t just put under His authority, we are given His kingdom. It can live in us and work through us.
“Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, ‘The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you,’” Luke 17:20-21 (NKJV)
We now have the kingdom of God living in us.
However, we were still born into and lived under the authority of sin up until the moment we were born again. We also live in a world that is under the dominion of sin. We’ve spent our whole lives being influenced by sin and the world’s system. This means that we have to retrain our minds to think in line with God’s kingdom. Otherwise the kingdom of God will sit dormant within us and we won’t live up to our new potential.
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect,” Romans 12:2 (NASB)
This renewing is what will bring the kingdom of God out of us.
It won’t sit idle in our hearts. When we start to recondition our minds to think God’s Word, we’ll begin to speak God’s Word, and speaking His Word will cause us to live by it. Our lives will be a reflection of the Lord’s Prayer.
“‘Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven,” Matthew 6:9-10 (NASB)