Luke 17:20-21 (NAS/KJV): “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 within you…’”
Note: Many other versions state “among you” or “in the midst of you” yet the KJV wording is that of the Greek, “entos” which translates “within.”
John 18:36 (NAS): “Jesus answered, ‘My Kingdom is not of this world. If My Kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My Kingdom is not of this realm. Therefore Pilate said to Him, ‘So You are a King?’ Jesus answered, ‘You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.’”
We must of necessity understand that the Kingdom of God is within every born-again believer. Knowing this, we will cease to search for salvation from this world so as to one day come into God’s world. Rather, we will seek to have a greater grasp of the Kingdom of God for which we are already in and it is within us, and that we are to expand that Kingdom here on Earth.
By recognizing that the Kingdom of God is in us as well as the Reigning King, we will enter salvation. Seeking salvation from hell was never God’s goal for mankind. In John 18:36 above, we read, “For this I have been born…to testify to the truth.” What truth? The truth of the Kingdom of God!
Salvation from hell and from this perverse generation comes exclusively from knowing and entering the Kingdom. The last sentence reads, “Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” This could correctly read, “Everyone who is of the Kingdom of God hears My voice.”
The truth Jesus speaks of here is the Kingdom of Heaven, not the Cross or salvation from hell. So many well meaning preachers and teachers preach salvation, salvation, salvation, most of which don’t recognize or know that the Kingdom of God should be the focus instead merely of salvation. Salvation is an offshoot of the Kingdom, absolutely, but teaching salvation on its own leads people down a path without a firm foundation. The Kingdom of Light is the salvation from the Kingdom of Darkness.
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Peace and blessings,
Alexys V. Wolf
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