What is meant by this statement by Jesus Christ? Behold The Kingdom of God is Within You!
What is the Kingdom of God, Where is it within you at? Jesus made this statement upon telling others concerning the "Coming of The Lord" that not to look here or there but behold it is within you, so when he comes back, he will come from within you? Paul said God who called me from my Mothers Womb to reveal His Son from within me!
First, no way Jesus would tell the Pharisees that the rule and reign of God was "in" them; second, the phrase "in you" can easily be translated "in your midst" which it most likel means here; and third, the context points to Jesus himself to be the object or central issue. All this points to Jesus meaning that the kingdom of God had appeared and it's king was right there, Jesus, in their midst.
If we talk about the kingdom of God, it is a real government. There is a king and dominion or subject. When Jesus said that the kingdom is within you or in your midst he was trying to say that he himself, (Jesus Christ) the appointed king of God's kingdom was in the midst of them.
The Kingdom of God, I learned, is within me because it grows within me. This is how the Kingdom of God grows within me. Christ was born a boy child to Mary. The Bible says in Luke 2: 40 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.
The same way Christ grew in the flesh, he grew in the spirit and was filled with wisdom. Growing in the spirit is growing closer and knowing God better just like we grow in the flesh. Throughout the life of Jesus, the Kingdom of God grew in him as he separated himself from the world. The Kingdom grew as he listened to the teachers in the synagogues, it grew as he fasted in the wilderness, it continued to grow as he went many times into the mountains to pray and talk with the father. The Kingdom grew in him daily and he was separated more and more from the world. The Kingdom of God is that relationship we cultivate with God which sets us apart until our whole purpose becomes to reach out to others to draw them into the Kingdom. The Kingdom is not without, it is within us and when we seek it, it will flourish in there like it did in Christ.
Bob Dylan got it:
For that home
Across the road'
Bob Dylan, The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest
It means that the truth is within you, that you don't need external help to know reality.
The Kingdom of God is within us, just as God's Holy Spirit lives within us, in our hearts.
-" The kingdom of God is inside you, and all around you, not in mansions of wood and stone. Split a piece of wood and I'll be there, lift a stone and you will find me..."
Let the bible answer your question. First you have to get the context of the conversation Jesus was having, then you need to look at how multiple translators have treated the statement he made. Jesus was asked by the people who opposed him when the Kingdom would come. He was the representative of that Kingdom, they should have realized it was right in front of them! However their hardheartedness prevented them from seeing this. Jesus then makes the statement in question. It is at this point we need to examine what translators have done with this verse:
New International Version (©1984)
nor will people say, 'Here it is,' or 'There it is,' because the kingdom of God is within you."
New Living Translation (©2007)
You won't be able to say, 'Here it is!' or 'It's over there!' For the Kingdom of God is already among you."
English Standard Version (©2001)
nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.”
Note please the variance of words used: 'within' 'in the midst of' and 'among'. The first translation quoted actually has a footnote which says 'or among'. When I see all these things I cannot help but realize Jesus was referring to himself being there with them, not that the Kingdom was 'within' the people who questioned him, especially since they were his enemies!
Jesus as a king was born to re-establish God's kingdom on earth, in him was the fullness of God's Spirit, which actually is the essence of the kingdom of God.
The Holy Spirit was inside Jesus and all he did was because the Spirit of God was within him and when he was asked that question he simply told them that the kingdom of God was among them in him.
Remember the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, (Rom 14:17).
It's the Holy Spirit that constitutes the kingdom of God and everyone who has his Spirit is in his kingdom.
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