Jesus talks about the kingdom of God often. In the Gospels alone, the word kingdom appears almost 120 times. As we study Scripture, we get a picture that the kingdom is both a present opportunity to experience God’s love and a future promise not yet realized.
The Lord says the kingdom is in our midst (Luke 17:21) and promises He will make all things new (Revelation 21:5). He teaches us to pray, “Your kingdom come” (Matt. 6:10) and reassures His followers that theirs is the kingdom of heaven (Matt. 5:3; Matt. 5:10).
But God’s kingdom is more than just a place—it’s His reign over all the world throughout time and all eternity. God promises us He is present, working to redeem and draw each of us to Himself and calling us to a future with Him. One day His work in us will be complete, and we’ll stand renewed before Him.
Think about it
• When you think about kings and kingdoms, what comes to mind? How does that influence the way you think about God’s kingdom, for better or worse?
• How can the kingdom of God be both present and not yet present? What does that tell you about the work He is doing—in both our own life and the world around us?