1. The Presence and Power of Jesus in the earth are visible manifestations of the Kingdom of God  among us

The following texts are preceded by a miracle in which Jesus healed ten lepers. Only one returned to say thanks. The verse of Luke 17: 20 says that the Pharisees questioned our Lord Jesus about the appearing of the Kingdom of God. I wonder if the question was prompted by the miracle.

The Pharisees were expecting the Kingdom of God to come with the fanfare and pomp of an earthly kingdom in which they hoped to rule.  I hear the Father say that their question was prompted by their restless agitation at Jesus’ display of power to which they had no access. According to The King James Version, Jesus replied by telling the restless, agitated, envious Pharisees that they should not speculate about the arrival of the Kingdom of God, because “the kingdom of God is within you.”

Other translations render this phrase by saying that Jesus  replied by telling the Pharisees that they should not speculate about the arrival of Kingdom of  God since it was already in their midst. I am beginning to lean towards this interpretation because the Pharisees were unbelievers and did not have the power of the Kingdom of God within them:

Luke 17: 20 & 21 (King James)

Luke 17: 20 & 21 (New Living Translation)

And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation/watching:
Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you 
One day the Pharisees asked Jesus, “When will the Kingdom of God come?” Jesus replied, “The Kingdom of God can’t be detected by visible signs/by your speculations.You won’t be able to say, ‘Here it is!’ or ‘It’s over there!’ For the Kingdom of God is already among you

2. John the Baptist confirmed in his preaching that the Kingdom of Heaven had come to earth by the arrival of  the Lord of Heaven
It is important for the believer to understand that Jesus is the visible manifestation of the Kingdom of God in the earth, because there is no other way to be saved from sin or to be delivered from any kind of problem.  John the Baptist launched his ministry by preaching that the Lord or Ruler of the Kingdom of Heaven had arrived in the earth and that the Nation of Israel were to repent in preparation for His manifestation.

Here is the text for greater clarity:

1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight (Matthew 3: 1 – 3).

 In other words, John the Baptist warned the nation that Heaven was about to be manifested in the earth and that they were to prepare by repenting and getting their lives in order.  How would we prepare if Jesus announced through His Prophets and Apostles that He would visit our house or nation?
3.  The power of Christ is the manifestation of the Kingdom of God in the earth
The text of Matthew 12: 28 was written in the context in which the Pharisees said that Jesus was casting out devils by the power of satan. Jesus responded that the Kingdom of hell could not fight against itself. He then confirmed that He cast out devils by the power of the Spirit of God and that this authority was the visible manifestation of the Kingdom of God in the earth.
Friends, the DEMONSTRATION of the POWER of God, and NOT WEALTH,  is a sign that the might of the Kingdom of God is present in the earth:
But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you  – Matthew 12: 28
But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you – Luke 11: 20
4. Jesus delegates the power of His Kingdom to the Apostles and to the every member of  His church
We see too from scripture that Jesus has the authority to delegate the same power over devils and diseases to His Apostles or the leaders in the church. He sent the twelve Apostles on a healing mission and healed the sick during the private follow-up meeting that was interrupted by the crowds.
We need to pay attention to the use of the conjunction AND in the texts. AND is a word that is used to link ideas or to “…join identical words or phrases to give emphasis or indicate repetition or continuity” (Collins English Dictionary 2014) .  Therefore, the scriptures further reveal to us that the Kingdom of God is manifested by healing the sick, casting out devils and other evidences of the power of God:
he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases – Luke 9: 1
And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, AND to heal the sick – Luke 9: 2
And the apostles, when they were returned, told him all that they had done. And he took them, and went aside privately into a desert place belonging to the city called Bethsaida – Luke 9: 10
And the people, when they knew it, followed him: AND he received them, AND spake unto them of the kingdom of God, AND  healed them that had need of healing – Luke 9: 11
Following the success of the mission carried out by the twelve Apostles, Jesus then commissioned seventy other disciples to preach about the Kingdom of God in cities that he would later visit. He did not send them to give out money from His Treasury which was managed by Judas. He rather instructed them to demonstrate the power of the Kingdom of God with power.
In fact, He sent them out empty-handed, as He did the Apostles, instructing them that they were to receive the hospitality of the people to whom they were sent.
Jesus dispelled the myth that there is a class structure in His church, such as a laity and a set of elite. He did so by delegating the same tasks to the Apostles and to the seventy. Where is the evidence of His power in His body today, especially among those who self title themselves with names such as Apostle, Teacher, Evangelist, Prophet and Pastor?
… heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you – Luke 10: 9
And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name – Luke 10: 17
And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven – Luke 10: 18
Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you – Luke 10: 19
 I will now conclude with the text of 1 Corinthians 4: 20  in which our beloved Apostle Paul taught the believers that “… the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.”  There is much more to explore about the Kingdom of God.  Blessings, peace, angelic prosperity and protection.
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