The Kingdom of God

The Kingdom of God is within you
~ Luke 17:21

The gospel is the good news about Jesus Christ. It is also the good news of the Kingdom of God.

In a kingdom there is a king, who is the supreme ruler. In the Kingdom there is the King, who rules in the heart of the believer.

We live in a world where politicians and governments invest in programmes of social engineering. Jesus showed that what is really needed is spiritual regeneration. And the principles of His Kingdom run counter-intuitive to the way we think.

Trust in God is called rest. Fruitfulness flows naturally out of relationship with Him. We are to abide in Him and grow in Him. His Spirit is at work in us and we are to work in harmony with the Spirit.

God is not frantic – and we should not be either – but He is efficient.

Maturing faith, and the work of God, is according to His purposes. Concocting our own plans, and asking God to endorse them, is a far cry from waiting on God, hearing His voice and stepping out with faith and obedience, and usually with incomplete understanding.

Those who are led by the Spirit are those who are His.

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Bible references:
Mark 1:1; Matthew 24:14; John 18:36
Hebrews 4:1-2; Romans 8:14

Mark 1:1

The beginning of the gospel about Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

Matthew 24:14

And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

John 18:36

Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, My servants would fight to prevent My arrest by the Jews. But now My kingdom is from another place.”

Hebrews 4:1-2

Therefore, since the promise of entering His rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith.

Romans 8:14

… because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.

2 Corinthians 3:18

And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

Romans 5:9

Since we have now been justified by His blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through Him!

Jude 14-15

... the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of His holy ones to judge everyone, and to convict all the ungodly of all the ungodly acts they have done in the ungodly way, and of all the harsh words ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.

John 3:16

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

1 Corinthians 2:9

However, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him” ...

Isaiah 25:8

He will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces; He will remove the disgrace of His people from all the earth. The Lord has spoken.

1 Thessalonians 4:17

After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.