Kingdom – BT1
The Kingdom of God is hidden within you
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The Kingdom of God is within! After healing a man, Jesus responded to a religious leader about when the Kingdom of God was coming, saying “The Kingdom of God is actually, ongoingly coming, arriving, appearing, being established, and progressing, but absolutely not from carefully watching or scrupulously inspecting it from a distance. Absolutely neither will these observers be able to say ‘Look, here or there it is’ – the reason for this (a) is the Kingdom of God is actually, ongoingly within yours (b)” (c) – and the Greek’s emphasis is on “within yours” – “within you all’s.” Jesus then warns such “observers” that they will be tricked by those who will come and say “Look here or there!” No, “The Promise” of the completely different-in-kind New Covenant (d) is that there would absolutely no longer be the need for men teachers because God would create completely different-in-kind ‘new hearts’ with His Holy Spirit within them to be the One Teacher so that they would follow His ways, written on their hearts by the Spirit, no longer stone or paper (e) – see Logos Word of God – BT20. Jesus spends a lot of time talking about men’s hearts: where their “treasure” is; if it is “pure/unmixed/holy” in our “love” to “see God”; whether it’s “dull so their ears can barely hear” or has become “hardened”; whether it is “defiled” by lust and other evils; where “the mouth speaks” from “the heart” to reveal its nature even though people can speak hypocritically or insincerely to hide its nature; or “the heart” is where the logos gospel message of The Truth can be sown (f). Certainly “the heart” is the place where the Kingdom can live – see Identity. <Notes> a) gar, b) entos is plural, possessive genitive – they all are possessing it for themselves; in Matthew 23:26 “clean the inside of the cup and the plates so that the outside also may be clean” entos is used as an adverb, c) Luke 17:20-21, d) Jeremiah 31:31-34; Ezekiel 11:19-20; Ezekiel 36:25-29, e) 2 Corinthians 3:3; 1 John 2:20, 27, f) Matthew 5:8, 28, 6:21, 9:44, 13:15, 19, 15:8, 18-19, 19:8.
This “Kingdom of God” not a far-off future event to wait or look for, to scheme, plan, or develop. Jesus said it was “presently and would ongoingly come” right in front of them, and not necessarily through signs, healings, wonders, or miracles that certainly accompanied the preaching of the Kingdom to prove its validity by the manifestation of the Holy Spirit (a), and especially for the common good or building up of the Church (b). Remember that Jesus will say to “many on the Day [of Judgment] who themselves say, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name/authority, and cast out demons in Your name/authority, and do mighty works (c) in Your name/authority?’ But then I will declare to them, ‘I never experientially, relationally ginosko knew you – depart from Me, you workers of lawlessness’ (d).” It’s quite evident that personal fellowship with Christ is required to possess the Kingdom of God for yourself (e), and that evidently a person can do a lot of natural and supernatural things to try to build the Kingdom of God on earth, even acknowledging that “Jesus is ‘Lord (Master Owner),’ and still not have the Kingdom within themselves! That’s the “ever-present danger” of Christian activism. <Notes> a) Matthew 4:23, 9:35, 12:28; Luke 9:2, 11, 10:9, Mark 9:1, 16:17, 20; John 2:11, 14:12; Acts 8:13, 19:11; 1 Corinthians 2:4, 4:20, 12:10, 28, 29; Galatians 3:5; Hebrews 2:4, b) 1 Corinthians 12:7, 14:12, c) efforts, tasks, including miracles, d) Matthew 7:22-23, e) Matthew 11:27, 25:12; Luke 10:22; John 17:3; 2 Timothy 2:19.
The Kingdom of God was hidden from critical spectators like the religious leaders who persecuted Jesus, “an evil and adulterous generation seeking for a sign” (a), signs that “false christs and false prophets shall perform to lead many astray” (b). No! The Kingdom of God would happen inside their own souls when they came to have trusting-relying-faith in Jesus! The Kingdom of God had nothing to do with “the kingdoms of the world and their glory” that the devil showed Jesus from a very high mountain and offered Him (c). <Notes> a) Matthew 12:38, 39, 16:1, 6:4; Mark 8:11, 12; Luke 11:16, 29, 30, b) Matthew 24:24; Mark 13:22, c) Matthew 4:8.
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