The Pharisees asked Jesus an interesting question regarding the kingdom of God. Confronting Jesus they demanded of him asking, Luke 17:20-21 “When will the kingdom of God come?” Jesus then answering them said, “The kingdom of God comes not with observation: Neither shall they say, lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.”
But just what was Jesus saying to his people when he spoke of the kingdom of God dwelling in us? Well, Jesus was relating to our desires, our passions to see the kingdom of God. Because as disciples of Jesus it is our responsibility to implement the policies of God’s kingdom on the earth.
Why do we believe Jesus sent us out into the world? Let’s just listen to what Jesus commanded us as he leaves us behind in the world. Matthew 28:19-20 “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: And as we go, Jesus said we are to teach them, that is the nations to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:” And as we go, Jesus is saying, he will support our work because “Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” And we are to get the job done.
Why do we believe Jesus told us to say to the people of the cities and towns we visit, “The kingdom of God has come nigh unto you?” It is because God has taught us about his kingdom and has given us the authority to implement the policies of his kingdom.
And just before sending us out into the world, Jesus said in Matthew 28:18, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in the earth.” And he commands us to teach the nations, God has set us above the nations and told us if the nations welcome us, they will accept him, and those who accept Jesus will also accept the Father.
Matthew 10:40 “He that receives you receives me, and he that receives me receives him that sent me.” And by granting us this indwelling power of his Holy Spirit, God has installed in us his passions, and desires so that if we are guided by them, we will work to establish the kingdom of God on earth.
The kingdom of God will not come by observation, instead, it will be established through the cooperative work and dedication of God’s people because as we come together in the unity of Christ we will bring the kingdom of God into focus.