„The kingdom of God is within you“

In Luke 17,21 Jesus says: The kingdom of God is not here or there but „the kingdom of God is within you.“ Most German translations say: The kingdom of God is in your midst. But could it be that Jesus really meant that the kingdom of God is in us? 

The word for „within“ in Greek appears in this form twice in the whole new testament. The second time is in Matthew 23,26. Jesus speaks to the Pharisees about cleaning first the inside of the cup and then the outside will be cleansed as well. The same word “entos” means the “inside” here. This allows clearly to come to the conclusion that Jesus meant; the kingdom of God is in our inside. But what a radical thought!

But it makes sense if we think of Matthew 6,10: “Thy kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” From a sanctified inner being, a sanctified life on earth will unfold.

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