Luke 17:20, 21: “Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God will 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.'” In ancient Israel there was an expectation that the kingdom of God would come with cosmic signs. “Within you” may also be translated as “in your midst.” This verse indicates that there was an aspect of kingdom promise involved in Jesus’ first coming. The kingdom of God is among earthly kingdoms today; but one day the kingdom of God will swallow up all rival kingdoms. Jesus makes it clear that the kingdom has two phases- one now and one to come. In the beginning of His kingdom on earth, God first prepared a King to rule; then He gathers a people for Him to rule over; then He gives the Ruler a realm in which to reign. The kingdom of God is not the same as the church, though the church is a part of the kingdom. The kingdom now is the presence of God alongside earthly kingdoms. The power of God is shown now in the distribution and work of the Holy Spirit. One day, however, Jesus will rule over all, and He will share that rule with His people. TGIF everyone!!! Have a blessed weekend and enjoy your lives – that is a gift from God we must not take it for granted….


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