I have been doing much study on the word “kingdom” in Matthew’s Gospel, and my study has produced clarity and thoroughness to my understanding of the word in a New Testament context. For instance, there are three things about “kingdom” that are important to understand. First, there is the geographical application of the word; Herod was king of Judea, an area of land with people residing within that area, that are being known as his kingdom. Second, the word, as John and Jesus both preached it, was near. If it was near, but Herod already had a kingdom, then that which John/Jesus preached is different than Herod’s kingdom; that is, it was not a kingdom similar to Herod’s. Herod, of course, did not understand this, thus he went after the baby Jesus when he learned of a king being born. Third, in the model prayer (Matthew 6:9-13), Jesus taught His disciples to pray for it to come (6:10). In this third point I want to emphasize the kingdom, God’s kingdom, within the heart. If the kingdom is within (cf. Luke 17:20-21; Col. 3:16), lives are changed. Is it within you? RT