Luke 172021

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 (entos) you."

Please note that Jesus Christ was speaking to the unbelieving, self-righteous Pharisees, so He did not mean that the Kingdom of God was within or in the hearts of these unbelieving Pharisees. The Greek word entos translated to mean 'within' in a few bible versions should be translated as 'in the midst' of you, or 'among' you, as correctly translated in the Revised Standard Version. What Jesus Christ said to these unbelieving Pharisees was that the only way to enter into the future Kingdom of God was to believe in Him, who was standing in the midst of them, and who was the very personification of the Kingdom of God.

If Christ lives in us through the Holy Spirit, we are ambassadors of Christ and witnesses representing the coming Kingdom of God. As God's redeemed people, we are strangers and pilgrims in this world. (2 Corinthians 5:20, Acts 1:8, Hebrews 11:13) Of course, it is true that all believers have the God given faith within them of entering the future literal Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God is something we will enter into in future (John 3:5), and all true believers carry this sure hope in their hearts.

We have shown from Scripture that the Gospel of the Kingdom of God, which Christ preached, was and is the good news of the future, literal, earthly Kingdom which Christ will establish when He returns to earth as King of kings and Lord of lords. Our Christian hope, the hope of the saints, is the sure hope of resurrection and rulership with Jesus Christ when He returns to establish His Millennial Kingdom on this earth. (Revelation 20:6)

The Millennial Kingdom of God will be followed by the Great White Throne Judgement Age when the earth and its 'heaven' (the earth's atmosphere) will be renewed by fire. Then, the Eternal Kingdom of God of the New Heaven and the New Earth will be established by Jesus Christ on this earth after it has been renewed.

We have allocated separate chapters to describe in detail 'The Millennial Kingdom of God', 'The Great White Throne Judgement' and 'The Eternal Kingdom of God of the New Heaven and the New Earth'.

The coming Millennial Kingdom of God was so central in the mind of Jesus that He even preached about it when He appeared to His disciples during the forty-day period between His resurrection and His ascension.

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