Is the Kingdom of God in Your Heart?

Is the Kingdom of God in Your Heart?

The kingdom of God is what we all pray for to come down from heaven to this earth according to our lord’s prayer. The question “Is the Kingdom of God in Your Heart?”.

No, God’s Kingdom isn’t just a feeling in the hearts of Christians. The Bible says it’s called “the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 4:17, King James Version).

Let’s see how the Bible describes it as a real government ruling from heaven.

  • God’s Kingdom is like a government with leaders, citizens, rules, and a mission to carry out God’s will on earth and in heaven (Matthew 6:10; Revelation 5:10).
  • This Kingdom, or government, will have authority over all people and nations on earth (Daniel 7:13, 14). Its power comes directly from God, not from the people it governs (Psalm 2:4-6; Isaiah 9:7).
  • Jesus told his loyal followers they would be part of the Kingdom of Heaven and have important roles (Luke 22:28, 30).
  • The Kingdom also has enemies but will defeat them (Psalm 2:1, 2, 8, 9; 110:1, 2; 1 Corinthians 15:25, 26).

The Bible doesn’t say the Kingdom of heaven is inside your heart as if it rules through your feelings. Instead, it emphasizes that the “word of the Kingdom” or the “good news of the Kingdom” can and should influence our hearts (Matthew 13:19; 24:14).

What does “the kingdom of God is within you” mean?

Some people get confused about where the Kingdom is because of how Luke 17:21 is translated into some Bibles. For instance, the King James Version says, “The kingdom of God is within you.” To understand this verse correctly, we need to look at the context.

Jesus was talking to the Pharisees, a group of religious leaders who opposed him and arranged his execution (Matthew 12:14; Luke 17:20). Does it make sense to think that the Kingdom was a condition in their stubborn hearts? Jesus told them, “Inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness” (Matthew 23:27, 28).

Other translations help clear up Jesus’ statement at Luke 17:21: “God’s kingdom is here with you” (Contemporary English Version). “The Kingdom of God is among you” (New World Translation, footnote). The Kingdom of Heaven was “with” or “among” the Pharisees because Jesus, the one chosen by God to be King, was standing right in front of them (Luke 1:32, 33).

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