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The Start of the Kingdom
By Christian Nseka
August 9, 2011

Jesus spoke of God’s Kingdom as it was far, yet near. He alluded to it being something as small as a mustard seed. Yet, it was greater than a mustard seed. And when some Pharisees questioned him as to when God’s Kingdom was supposed to come, he replied:

"The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is within you." (Luke 17:20–21)

It may be debatable whether or not this passage can be interpreted literally. It should nevertheless be made clear that when speaking of the coming of God’s Kingdom, Jesus was not suggesting that the Kingdom of God—with its buildings, roads, peoples, etc.—existed inside each and every human being in its full size. This is impossible for not even a bike can fit inside a human being. Rather, it should be understood that Jesus meant that the blueprint of God’s Kingdom, its seed, its concept, has always existed inside each and every human being. All that each human being needs to do is to nurture it and materialize it.

Unfortunately, though the Kingdom of Heaven is within us, it is not the only kingdom that is inside of us. It should be noted that hell, the satanic kingdom, has also been within us since the day that Adam and Eve committed original sin. This is the kingdom that humanity has materialized.

Think about it. Where is hell and where did it stem from? Hell stemmed from within before it became a reality. Hell came to exist in lieu of the Kingdom of Heaven as a result of the Fall of Adam and Eve. Now, for us to substantiate God’s Kingdom, we need to transform the space occupied by hell in our heart into a space filled by God’s Kingdom. We need to change our inner content of hell that we have inherited from Satan through Adam and Eve to the content of God’s Kingdom that we inherit from God through the Messiah, the Savior. This means that we ought to uproot hell in order to establish God’s Kingdom. We have to start by uprooting it from within us by promoting goodness instead of evil. In a sense, Jesus was advocating individual transformation as a prerequisite for the establishment of God’s Kingdom.

There will be no God’s Kingdom without people with inner qualities of God’s Kingdom. There will be no individuals with inner qualities of God’s Kingdom without a deep and honest connection to the Messiah.

The world is as is because we are as we are within—impure, corrupt, and conflicted. In other words, what we see in the world outside of us is the manifestation of what we, human beings, are inside. Of course I am by no means implying that all human beings are equally evil. Rather that because there are still more people with evil inner qualities rather than those with good inner qualities, the good content of those with good inner qualities is facing a lot of obstacles.

Imagine how much good Jesus had inside of him. Yet because there was so much evil inside of the people he was dealing with, it was as if the good inside of Jesus did not even project anything into the universe. Yet, we know that though he lived but a short life, Jesus has nevertheless made an incomparable impact in the universe and in the lives of billions, and still counting.

God’s Kingdom will not be established unless we cultivate it inside of us first. The only effective way to cultivate God’s Kingdom within us is with God’s word. The only way to use God’s word as a building block for His Kingdom is by establishing a deep, honest and selfless relationship with the Messiah. Then and only then will God’s Kingdom be substantiated.

This is why Jesus said, "…the kingdom of God is within you." (Luke 17:21).

Now remember that Jesus spoke these words straight into the ears of the Pharisees. These are the same people whom he called hypocrites. So the bottom line is that no one can enter God’s Kingdom unless his or her inner self reflects the qualities of God’s Kingdom. Hence one is to live a life of constant self examination.

A person should not assume possessing inner qualities reflective of the qualities of God’s Kingdom simply because he or she has memorized the Scriptures or has a keen intellectual discernment of them. Did the Pharisees not possess these qualities? Now, could God’s Kingdom come from the Pharisees? Absolutely not. Could it come to them? Absolutely. Did they recognize it when it came to them?

Given that the Pharisees were self absorbed, they did not recognize the signs of the Kingdom even when Jesus was standing a few feet in front of them. The fact that they confronted Jesus as they did means that they were ignorant of God’s ideal and His Kingdom. So, though they were highly distinguished teachers of Scriptures, they failed to recognize the signs of the Kingdom. Would this happen in our days?

Thank you for reading.

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