The Kingdom of God

MONDAY

As a follow up to waiting for Messiah, I thought it appropriate to examine the Coming Kingdom of God. The promise of the Kingdom was attached to the Coming of Messiah. However, when Messiah arrived, the Kingdom (in the manner the Jews were expecting) did not! It is interesting to see how the Kingdom is dealt with in the New Testament.

Jesus asked for us to pray for it:

NAU Matthew 6:10 ‘Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.

NIV Matthew 6:10 your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

NKJ Matthew 6:10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.

Jesus said it had arrived:

NAU Luke 11:20 “But if I cast out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.

NIV Luke 11:20 But if I drive out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come to you.

NKJ Luke 11:20 “But if I cast out demons with the finger of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you.

and will dwell within the hearts of believers:

NAU Luke 17:20 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; 21 nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or, ‘There it is!’ For behold, the kingdom of God is in your midst.”

NIV Luke 17:20 Once, having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, 21 nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is within you.”

NKJ Luke 17:20 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; 21 “nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.”

Finally, Jesus taught after His resurrection that the Kingdom was yet to come!

NAU Acts 1:3 To these He also presented Himself alive after His suffering, by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days and speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of God.

NIV Acts 1:3 After his suffering, he showed himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.

NKJ Acts 1:3 to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.

So what is the kingdom of God and where is it? That will be our topic this week!

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