Jesus said, "I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth; because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes." Matthew 11:25.
Prophet Isaiah also wrote, "Woe unto them that are wise in their own sight!" Isaiah 5:21.
Already during Jesus' time the wise, the Pharisees and Scribes did not comprehend that the kingdom of God was in their midst. Luke 17:21. They sought to please God with their own good works and deeds and ignored the place where true salvation could be found.
The Evangelist Luke has recorded how Jesus answered the Pharisees when they asked him when the kingdom of God was coming. He said, "The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed; nor will they say, 'Lo, here!' or 'Lo there!' for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you." St. Luke 17:20-21.
In other words, God's grace kingdom is in the midst of His own children in this world who dwell in the unity of Spirit. The Apostle Paul also writes, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit, in the bond of peace. "There is one body, one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all." Ephesians 4:3-7.
"When Jesus spoke to the multitude of people, they simply stood about and stared, not comprehending that Jesus was the Son of God." St. Luke 23:35.
Another example from the Bible, how faith matters remained a mystery to the wise of this world, is found in St. John 3:3-12, when the ruler Nicodemus came unto Jesus by night to inquire of him. Jesus simply answered by saying, "Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand?" St. John 3:10.
Jesus continues, "Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen; but you do not receive our testimony. If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things?" St. John 2:11-12.
How then does one have any hope of finding God's kingdom? God reveals the mysteries of His grace kingdom to the simple, to those who ask, what must I do to be saved? Such a questioning one no longer begins to look at one's own works or merits, and does not demand any conditions upon how he/she might be saved, but is willing to accept God's plan of salvation. To those who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God. St. John 1:12-14.
Where might I find God's kingdom? Jesus said, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness." Matthew 6:33. Jesus, in his conversation with Nicodemus, spoke to him about new birth, by saying, "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." John 3:3.
The gospel of Jesus Christ that makes alive is preached from the kingdom of God. Jesus said, "Receive ye the Holy Spirit: whosesoever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whosesoever sins ye retain, they are retained." St. John 20:22-23. This is the message of the forgiveness of sins.
The Apostle Paul further elaborates on this when he writes among other things, "Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God." 2 Corinthians 5:18-21.
God by His Spirit dwells in the hearts of his own.
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