Is At Hand
How did Jesus train those he
would be entrusting to carry on the work of building the church after he was gone?
He taught them to preach repentance
in preparation for the Kingdom of Heaven--which was at hand.
We know that the kingdom of
God consists of peace, joy and righteousness in the Holy Ghost.
We know that the Kingdom of
God is within us, because Jesus is within us--and he is the King.
We are still waiting for that
kingdom which is still to come (Matthew 6), and I believe that is what Jesus was referring to when he taught his disciples
to preach the gospel of the Kingdom, and that the Kingdom was at hand.
That kind of time frame baffles
our finite minds--how could something be at hand that was promised 2000 years ago and isn't here yet?
How could John be shown things
that would shortly come to pass, but have not come to pass yet--2000 years later (Revelation 1:1)?
Because one day with
the Lord is a 1000 years,
and 1000 years is as one day.
He simply doesn't operate
with the same time
costrictions as we do.
He inhabits eternity.