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The Signs of the Kingdom

Kingdom of God

A Sermon on Luke 17:20-21

The Coming of the Kingdom

Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, “The kingdom of God is not coming in ways that can be observed, nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.” (ESV)

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From the time Jesus Christ went around Palestine preaching until the present century, the way the Kingdom of God would come has been misunderstood. There is a common fallacy shared by the Pharisees, Pilate, and the Disciples long ago that is shared today by the Roman Catholic church and liberal Protestant advocates of the Social Gospel. They all believe, says Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, the Kingdom of God comes visibly and through social participation. His text is Luke 17:20-21, where he issues a strong warning to the contemporary church concerning the danger of believing the Kingdom is brought about through legislation, social reform, or military conquest. Dr. Lloyd-Jones argues that the forms of the Kingdom of God are quite clear from Scripture. In the past, the Kingdom of God came in the power and presence of the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. Presently, the Kingdom of God is manifested in the body of Christ – the church – as He reigns in their hearts. In the future, the Kingdom of God will be fully visible when Christ returns at his Second Advent. Listen to Dr. Lloyd-Jones’ teaching on the Kingdom and avoid errors common to the modern church. Embrace the truths given here and learn how to belong to the realm in which Christ reigns!

Additional Scripture Translations

Luke 17:20-21, New American Standard Bible

Second Coming Foretold

20Now He was questioned by the Pharisees as to when the kingdom of God was coming, and He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs that can be observed; 21nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or, ‘There it is!’ For behold, the kingdom of God is in your midst.”

Luke 17:20-21, King James Version

20¶ And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: 21Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.