A. The critical question: when will the Kingdom of God come?
1. The Kingdom of God is now, but not yet (here now, and still to come).
2. The Kingdom of God consists of three elements:
· Power (a rule and a reign)
· Person/People (those who are submitted to a ruler and his reign)
· Place (a location where a rule and a reign take place)
B. To the Pharisees, Jesus replies that the Kingdom of God is in their midst, right then (vs. 21 and 22).
1. The Pharisees just asked the most ironic question in all of history!
2. The Greek preposition can mean within you, or in your midst, or among you.
4. Is the Kingdom of God within you (John 14:1-4, 16-19; Luke 24:46-49; Acts 1:6-11)?
C. To the disciples, Jesus shares seven characteristics of His physical return (vv. 22-37).
1. His return will be longed for by His true disciples (v. 22).
2. His return will be certain, sudden and visible (vs. 23 and 24; Psalm 97:2-6; Matthew 24:29-30).
3. His return will be preceded by rejection (v. 25).
4. His return will be treated with indifference by the world up until the very day it happens (vv. 26-30).
5. His return will end the world as it is now known and understood (vs. 31 and 32).
6. His return will reveal those who wasted their lives and those who invested their lives wisely (v. 33).
7. His return will result in judgment to determine who will enter His Kingdom (vv. 34-37; Matthew 25:31-33).
· The one taken = those taken away into judgment (Matthew 24:41)
· The one left = those left to enter into the Kingdom (Matthew 24:34)
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