Tuesday, May 27, 2014

77. The Kingdom of God is Within

“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)


The totality of the word of God, what most would call the Holy Bible, is a finely woven tapestry of time and space, both historical and revelatory of the future. It is the inspired word of our Holy Lord from times past and times to come. It speaks of real experiences that were and real experiences that are yet to come. The old was a foreshadowing of the new and the new is a preview of things that are and are to be. The word of God is carefully spoken, holy inspired, and wholly true.


When Jesus came and preached in the countryside and the cities, He said, “I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, because for this purpose I have been sent.”  (Luke 4:43). Jesus went about preaching the kingdom of God and what He preached, we have written in the four gospels. What He preached was the life of the living in the kingdom of God that required repentance to obtain. “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”  (Matthew 4:17b).


The Kingdom of God is not seen because of a building, a steeple, a place to meet, or a place to greet. He said, ’The kingdom of God is within you.’ All of His life was poured into that message of life for now and life forevermore in His coming Kingdom.


Repent – turn from the old, about face, no more to move in the old ways and old thinking. Be made clean and new in Him, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. The power of the Holy Spirit comes to convict, to cleanse, and to give new birth to the life in Christ.


When He made you a new creation and you became born again of His Spirit, He led you into life forevermore which begins today. Abundant life is a state of being in Him. He is His kingdom and as we abide in Him, He has promised to abide in us. Get to know Him by His word and obey every saying of His. He is faithful to His word, His words are spirit and they are true. Continue with Him, in His Kingdom, for His Kingdom has come and in His kingdom, His will is done. The still, small voice is speaking, “Follow Me.”

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