lifestyle of the natural kingdoms of the world.
It is different in both structure and principles.
When you enter the Kingdom of God it is like immigrating to a new country. You must learn a different culture. In the natural world, "culture" is the behavior patterns which govern life in a given society. Jesus told the Jews that the test of possessing the Kingdom was bringing forth the fruits thereof.
Therefore say I unto you , The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. (Matthew 21:43)
The fruit of the Kingdom is that which is outwardly produced by the inward life flow, just as fruit on a natural tree is the outward product of the flow of life within. If you are a resident of the Kingdom of God it will be apparent in your visible lifestyle. In the Kingdom of God everything, including yourself becomes new:
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away ; behold , all things are become new. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in Heaven. (Matthew 7:21)
The will of the Father, revealed by Jesus Christ, was that believers be governed by the laws of the Kingdom.
And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. Luke 12:29-30
Jesus taught that the Kingdom should be the primary concern of life. He concluded with this statement:
But rather seek ye the Kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Luke 12:31)
If you seek the Kingdom first . . . its principles, its lifestyle, its Gospel . . . then all other necessary things in life will be provided.
Apostle Paul lets Timothy know that entrance into the kingdom comes with a struggle.
If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us: 2 Timothy 2:12
Believers will reign with Jesus in the future Kingdom of God. To "reign" means to "rule with power and authority." If you are to reign with Him, you must know the laws which govern the Kingdom.
A foundation in the natural world is the underlying structure on which something is built. Whenever men erect a building they must first lay a proper foundation. The foundation supports the superstructure or the visible building.
and its governing principles is righteousness.
But unto the Son He saith, Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever: a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of thy Kingdom. (Hebrews 1:8)
For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. (Matthew 5:20)
The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the Lord: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.(Proverbs 15:9)
Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. (2 Timothy 2:19)
To achieve perfection we must abandon the principles of the world and embrace the principles of God's Kingdom.
Mark recorded the same statement in the following way:
And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. (Mark 12:29-31)
Jesus made the second commandment clear in another way:
Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them; for this is the law and the prophets. (Matthew 7:12)
The beloved physician recorded it this way:
And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. (Luke 6:31)
to your relationship with God or others.