Where Is The Kingdom?

A common debate in NT studies is about whether the kingdom of God is ‘within us’ or ‘in our midst.’ Given that I just read Luke 17 for devotions this morning I thought I’d post this little gem from Gordon Fee:

Although there is some debate as to whether Jesus said that the kingdom is ‘within you’ or ‘in your midst,’ the decisive considerations that Jesus was speaking to Pharisees and that he nowhere else so much as hints that the kingdom of God is some spiritual entity dwelling within human hearts make it certain that he said ‘in your midst.’ That, after all, is the point of the contrast – not with observable signs, but in his own person and ministry, which was of a kind radically different from their expectations. Gordon Fee, Listening to the Spirit in the Text, pg. 170.