Jesus told us that the kingdom of God has come upon us, and that the kingdom is within each and every believer. Let’s look at the Scriptures.
But if it is by the Spirit of God that I drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. (Mt 12:28 NIV)
For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit . . . (Rom 14:17 NIV)
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 you.” (Lk 17:20-21)
He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. (Lk 9:2)
‘The very dust of your city which clings to us we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near you.’ (Lk 10:11)
The Kingdom of God arrived on earth in the person of Jesus, and was established in the hearts of all believers when Jesus imparted the Holy Spirit to His disciples. This is described for us in Acts 2:1-5.
Since then, all who have accepted Jesus as their Savior and Lord have also received the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. We are told in the Word of God that we are the very temple (house, dwelling) of the Holy Spirit. (1 Cor 6:19) Glory to God!
The gift of the Holy Spirit is referred to in Scriptures as:
- The promise of the Father (Lk 24:49; Ac 1:4)
- The Helper (Joh 14:26; 16:7-16)
- The Spirit of Truth (Joh 14:16-17; 15:26)
- The Breath of the Almighty (Job 33:4)
- Advocate (Joh 14:16 NIV; 1 Joh 2:1)
- The Eternal Spirit (Heb 9:14)
- Lord (2 Cor 3:17)
- Intercessor (Rom 8:26-27)
- Teacher (Joh 14:26)
- Spirit of the Living God (2 Cor 3:3)
- Spirit of Glory (1 Pet 4:14)
We are temples of the Living God. We are highly blessed and favored, and we need to meditate upon that truth more frequently. It’s almost too monumental of a concept to grasp with our human intellect. The Kingdom of God dwells within you and me! Rejoice!