Everyone has faith in something, yet when it comes to our everlasting life, it is the object of our faith which saves us.  We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.

God showed us the “exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:7. When the ten lepers were healed, only one placed his faith in Jesus–that man’s faith in Jesus Christ is what made him, not only physically cleansed, but “whole.” He humbled himself, returned to thank his Lord and was exalted (Luke 18:14).

When Jesus was approached by the Pharisees and asked when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “the kingdom of God is within you.”  Most modern readers prefer to translate this “among” which leads to faulty “kingdom now” theology. Jesus’ point is the kingdom was in reach.  Dr. Andy Woods writes,

“In other words, with the king present in the person of Jesus the kingdom for the nation of Israel, and consequently the world, was in an imminent, or any moment state of expectancy.  By responding affirmatively to the offer of the kingdom, the kingdom could come. Yet, the kingdom never became a reality for the nation and the world. Why? The rest of the story as unfolded in the Gospels explains how the leadership of first-century Israel tragically rejected the offer of the kingdom. Despite their unique opportunity to accept both the king and the kingdom, the nation turned down the offer….Consequently, Luke’s Gospel then begins to disclose an interim age that will exist while the kingdom remains in a state of postponement (Luke 19:11-27).”

As the passage progresses, Jesus begins to outline how the future kingdom will one day come to the earth. The kingdom of God is not coming with observation, i.e., signs (Luke 17:20). The kingdom, when it comes, will be an instantaneous event (Daniel 2:35,44).

The larger context must be read and when “rightly divided” it becomes evident these verses speak primarily of a future kingdom rather than a present one.

Read Luke 17:11 – 18:14

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