In Luke, 17:20-21 they ( Pharisees and Sadducees) had asked Jesus ‘when’ the kingdom would come. His answer was: The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
I used to think about that verse and honestly think that the kingdom was with-in us, but that is not what this passage is saying. Jesus, as the kingdom of God; was standing right there with them, in their midst. That word with-in in the Greek is entos, pronounced en-tos’ which means within you: or, among you.
The Kingdom of God is referring to the inner change that takes place when people place their trust in God.
Earlier Jesus had said that they ( Pharisees and Sadducees) were a generation of vipers.
Mt 3:7 ¶ But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
The kingdom of God would not be inside of those who asked this question because those who asked were the Pharisee’s. ( generation of vipers)
- When Surrounded by Darkness, in Whom do you Trust? (mudpreacher.org)
- Welcome 2012 (scottdale.wordpress.com)