When Jesus said “the Kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:20-21), he wasn’t addressing faithful disciples, but bone-headed Pharisees who opposed him at every turn. How does THAT work? The great missionary-statesman to India, E. Stanley Jones writes, “Since the Kingdom stands for truth, and our own mental makeup demands the same thing, then are not the laws of the Kingdom written within us? The right thing is always the healthy thing. The wrong thing is always the unhealthy thing…. The Kingdom is the “Ought to be” standing over against the “Is”, challenging it, judging it, changing it and offering Life itself.”
Disciples of the Kingdom are known for their love of Truth because the Kingdom IS Truth in the most absolute sense. But wait! Jesus is also the Truth! He is the one who “created all things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible”, and who at this very minute is holding “all things together by the power of His word”. (Colossians 1:-16-17; Hebrews 1:3)
In the words of Jones, the Kingdom is “Christ universalized”, it is Jesus Himself filling creation and causing all things to work together for good. And it is consummated as every part of the universe, from humans to health, from music to matter bows to Him and functions exactly as it was designed. What a delightful hope to hold in this twisted and tremulous world.