Now having been questioned by the Pharisees as to when the kingdom of God was coming, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed; nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or, ‘There it is!’ For behold, the kingdom of God is in your midst.” Luke 17:20-21
The Kingdom of God was the subject that was on the mind of Jesus and the early church continually. As you read the gospels or the Book of Acts the word Kingdom is everywhere. Jesus sent His disciples out to tell people about the "kingdom ofGod" not as a witness to Himself. The kingdom was the primary focus and Jesus as the only access to the kingdom was the common message. Look through the Book of Acts and notice the phrase "kingdom of God and (Jesus)"
Here is a link to help you in your study:
When was the last time you heard a church leader discuss the Kingdom of God? Why would it be so important to the early church and to Jesus Himself but totally disregarded in today's church?
Why is this an important issue? Let's see what the Apostle Paul had to say about this:
Therefore do not let what is for you a good thing be spoken of as evil; for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. For he who in this way serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men. Romans 14:16-18
The kingdom of God is "righteousness and peace and joy"! If Christians were living within the kingdom today do you think that the world would take notice?
Certainly the first century Christians has a clear and a bold witness. How much of that clarity and boldness was due to their understanding of the kingdom and their choosing to live within it?
Jesus warned us that the Kingdom is not hard to find but it isn't a group activity. We cannot expect a church to lead us there it is a solitary journey!
But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you shut off the kingdom of heaven from people; for you do not enter in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in. Matthew 23:13
So here we are today! We have been given another chance to understand that the gospel (or good news) of Jesus is that He brought the Kingdom of God for His people. It is in no way good news, as today's Christianity seems to teach, to have to labor and struggle the rest of our lives for someday earning a place in the Kingdom of God when we die! Doesn't this sound much like the Islam religion?
Take some time with the link above as your guide into what the Word of God says about the Kingdom. Leave a comment or email me:
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