10/18/1998 6:00 PM
Luke 17:20, 21
This is not a literal kingdom. There is no millennium. This kingdom does not come with observation. It is not to be a literal earthly kingdom that you can see in some physical location. The kingdom of God is within.
You cannot enter in or see the kingdom of God without the new birth. This kingdom is not defined for the natural eye to see. Nicodemus with all of his learning could not see the kingdom of God. Intellectual ability alone will not help you to see this kingdom. A new birth is required to both see it and to enter in to it. There is a lack of discernment of the kingdom when there is a lack of spirituality.
Mark 4:26 - 29
It would be very difficult for a common gardener to explain how the seed grows (i.e. all the intricacies that cause the seed to sprout), but he can expect a harvest from the planted seed. When a soul repents and comes in faith to God, God will save. We don't have to understand all the particulars of how the Spirit of God works on souls to understand that he works. If a soul repents and gets saved, there is fruit that shows up. Whosoever will seek after God will find him. Our salvation is not dependent on our knowing everything. Our knowledge and understanding will grow and increase as we draw closer to God.
I Corinthians 4:18-20
Apostle Paul was interested in knowing what power was working in these individuals. It isn't so much in speech, or what you can say, but in the power of God in your life. If there is no power to live a holy life, why so much puffed up speech? Are you producing the fruit of the Spirit? The kingdom is not in word, but in power, the presence of the Spirit of God.
How you go about things is important. We don't want to have an attitude that will cause the way of truth to be evil spoken of. Don't get sidetracked from the kingdom of God to the issues. What is the kingdom of God? It is righteousness, peace and joy in the Spirit of God. When the going gets tough, that is when these 3 things really start to shine. "Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another." Emphasis is on "Can I edify someone else?" rather than on rules and regulations. The kingdom of God is something you enter in to ... something you partake of. It is within you.