Concept of the Kingdom of God in Luke's Gospel

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Of all the branches of theological study to emerge from the New Testament, there are perhaps no more elusive than the concept of the "Kingdom of God" which is raised repeatedly throughout the Gospel of Luke. The cryptic words found within Luke 17:20-21, in which Jesus addresses the Pharisees interrogation on when the kingdom of God would arrive, declare that "20 the kingdom of God cometh not with observation: 21Â Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you." This statement follows numerous additional references to the Kingdom of God throughout various chapters of the Gospel of Luke, however, the semantic details of the verse above have spurred centuries of debate regarding Jesus' true meaning. The reason for the ongoing dispute lies in another verse of Luke's gospel, Luke 21:31, in which Jesus exhorts his followers "31so likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand." When taken at face value, the instructions given by Jesus in these two verses of Luke appear to be wholly contradictory, as the Lord first tells the Pharisees in Luke 17:20-21 that they should not bother looking for worldly signs concerning the Kingdom of God, but later countermands that directive in Luke 21:31 by saying that there will be visible signs alerting people to the Kingdom's impending arrival. By reading the Gospel of Luke in its entirety and contemplating this apparent dilemma with an open mind, I
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