Is The Kingdom Of God Among Us Today?

Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. I Cor. 15:50 (Well since we are flesh and blood, we cannot inherit the kingdom of God in our present form.)

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. John 3:3-8 (Born of water is in reference to baptism. Born of the Spirit is in reference to our change from flesh and blood into spirit beings at the resurrection. Until both of these things take place, we have yet to enter into the kingdom of God. Jesus then compares being born of the Spirit to being like wind, or being invisible. So we aren’t born of Spirit at baptism, only born of water. I don’t know any baptized Christians that could be described like wind or being invisible. Being born of Spirit takes place at the resurrection at Christ’s return. It is not until then that God’s Kingdom is established and we are allowed to enter in.)

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." John 18:36

And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him. And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer: For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves: For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come. Luke 22:14-18 (Jesus has not eaten the bread or drank of the fruit of the vine since that day, therefore, the Kingdom of God has not yet come.)

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this. Isaiah 9:6-7 (We currently have endless war, not endless peace, therefore the Kingdom of God is not yet established. And notice who performs this establishing of the Kingdom. It is the zeal of the Lord of hosts, not us. It is not our job to establish God’s Kingdom on earth. God doesn’t need our help.)

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Eph. 6:12 (Darkness of this world is described as “rulers.” Spiritual wickedness is described as being in “high places.” This could not be true if God’s Kingdom was established.)

And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. Luke 11:2 (It doesn’t say “thy kingdom spread” or “thy kingdom grow.” It says “thy kingdom come.” Why pray for thy kingdom to come if it’s already here?)

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matt. 6:33 (Why seek the kingdom of God if it is already here or within you?)

In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. II Cor. 4:4 (Satan is described as “the god of this world.” If the kingdom of God is present today, this would not be the case.)

So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. Luke 21:31 (The preceding verses explain end time events just prior to Christ’s return. Verse 31 explains that even as these end time events take place, the Kingdom of God is still not present, but “nigh at hand.” What makes us think it is present today even before these events take place? Also the Bible tells us that the world will be in really bad shape just prior to his return. So the idea that Christians are to bring in the Kingdom of God and the world will gradually improve up until Christ’s return can’t be correct. The Bible seems to suggest that any such effort will be a monumental failure given all the prophesied calamity toward the end times.

Once, having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus 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 Many will quote this verse to claim that the Kingdom of God is something that is within us and therefore present on earth today. Other translations use the phrase “among you” or “in your midst.” The NIV even has the footnote “among you” at the bottom. Jesus was referring to himself as the top representative and King of the Kingdom of God. It can’t possibly mean “within you,” because he was speaking to the Pharisees. Keeping in mind Jesus’ feelings toward the Pharisees, Jesus can’t be saying that the Kingdom of God is within the Pharisees. That wouldn’t make any sense and doesn’t line up with the rest of scripture. So referring to himself as the Kingdom of God or the representative of it will help explain some other verses. And since Jesus ascended to Heaven and is no longer present on earth today, the Kingdom is also not currently present on earth today.

"The time has come," he said. "The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!" Mark 1:15 The Kingdom of God was “near” because Jesus was among them at that time. Today, he is in Heaven.

Heal the sick who are there and tell them, 'The kingdom of God is near you.' ….Yet be sure of this: The kingdom of God is near.' Luke 10:9,11 Again, Jesus was among them and performed miracles to announce his presence.  Today, he is in Heaven.

For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, Colossians 1:13 Read verse 12 for the proper time context. Paul is speaking about when the saints inherit the Kingdom, and then that continues into verse 13. So Christ hasn’t yet rescued us from the dominion of darkness. This occurs at his return, and then at that point we are brought into the kingdom of the Son he loves. Yes, Jesus did conquer the penalty for sin and provided a path for us to receive eternal life. But the dominion of darkness is still present today, and the Kingdom of God is not yet established. The gospel is the good news of the coming Kingdom of God, Jesus was the messenger of it, and obviously plays a major roll in the overall plan of God.

But if I drive out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. Matthew 12:28 Jesus is again referring to himself. The Messiah was among them performing miracles. Today, Jesus is in Heaven, therefore the Kingdom of God is not currently among us.

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, Hebrews 12:28 Read the previous verses back to verse 18 for the proper time context. It is referencing a future time when God’s Kingdom is established on earth. At that time we will be thankful and worship God with reverence and awe because we will have received a kingdom that cannot be shaken. That Kingdom is not yet established.

From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it. Matthew 11:12 This is again referencing Jesus as the top representative and King of the Kingdom of God. He was at that time present among them. Today, Jesus is in Heaven, therefore the Kingdom of God is not currently among us.