Luke 17:20 (NKJV) 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!’[d] For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.”
Today’s reading shares an imperative Spiritual insight, Jesus said, “Behold, the kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:21). And it is within this Kingdom, the Spiritual realm of our hearts, that Christ rules supreme over His people, guiding us, healing us, governing our actions and behavior. “Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be not end” (Isaiah 9:7). This verse speaks of Jesus’ endless rule throughout eternity. Yet, it also has another significant meaning: We must always increase our submission to our King’s rule. How are you doing with the Kingdom of God?
Can you honestly say that day after day, Jesus’ government over you is increasing? Are you bringing your behavior more and more under His authority? And if you are not able to make this necessary proclamation it’s still not too late to begin the process of submission to our King’s Jesus rule in your life. You may wonder: If Jesus is in heaven, ruling in all authority at the right hand of the Father, how does He go about governing His kingdom here on earth?
We find the answer in the book of Hebrews where the author tells us that in the Old Testament, God spoke to His people through the prophets. But today the Lord has chosen to speak through His Son. Read it when you can in the book of Hebrews “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, who he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom He also made the worlds” (Hebrews 1:1-2).
Jesus is God’s explicit message to us—the divine Word made flesh. In turn, the Father has sent the Holy Spirit to remind us of the words Jesus spoke while on earth. Thus, Jesus governs, guides, gets our attention by the written, revealed Word of God. The Bible is our Ruler’s scepter, by which our Lord makes His Word known to us.
Point to ponder: In no other kingdom does God rule as supremely and as powerfully as in His own Kingdom, the one the Lord has established in the hearts of His people. (I may not be perfect but I am one of the Lord’s people). The Kingdom of God is where I am striving to grow in power and grace!
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