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; nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.”
A kingdom is the realm of reign of a king. It is evident by the characteristics of that kingdom, the value, authority and power held by its king. The Kingdom of God likewise, is characterized and evident by the righteousness, love, power and authority of King Jesus. It is where the will of God is executed against all other reigns or kingdoms, because His Kingdom is supreme. Where the Kingdom of God is established, the kingdom of Darkness cannot prevail.
Jesus described the Kingdom of God in this manner: It starts within us. The Kingdom of God is not established in a vacuum in this world. It manifests itself through us, His people and His children. When we open our hearts to embrace the King of the Kingdom of God, when we welcome Him to rule and reign over every part of our being, our hearts become the realm of His reign. Whatever darkness and its works, sins and the weakness of the flesh, anything that is out of sync with God’s righteous rule and will, will be expelled from our lives.
The rule of King Jesus within us is through the work and operation of the Holy Spirit. When He is welcome into our lives, He gives us spiritual gifts to enable us to do the work of the King (1 Corinthians 12:4-11). When we allow Him to dwell in us, He bears fruits in us (Galatians 5:22-23). The Holy Spirit convicts and convinces us of sins (that which is out of sync with God’s holiness), He has power to heal and deliver us. He grants us wisdom and understanding. He reveals God’s heart to us. He pours out the love of God the Father into our hearts, etc.
When the Kingdom of God is established in us, the kingdom of Darkness has no place in us. When the Kingdom of God is in us, we will live out that victorious life which Jesus has obtained for us on the Cross, wherever He positions us. When the Kingdom of God is evident in us, we will create an atmosphere of His presence, His love and His power in our environment.