What does it mean, ‘the Kingdom of God is at hand’?

Jesus declares: ‘The time is fulfilled; the Kingdom of God is at hand’ (Mark 1:14). He thus introduces the gospel as the bringing near of the Kingdom. What it means for the Kingdom to be ‘at hand’  rather than fulfilled emerges as the New Testament expounds the gospel. Jesus is the fulfilment of the promises but, at this stage, the fact that God’s Kingdom will triumph can only be received by faith. The New Testament describes in various places the future consummation of the Kingdom where the people of God know fully and by sight that which they now have only by faith. When Christ appears at his second coming, the saints of God will appear with him and the eternal Kingdom will be made plain (Colossians 3:4).

Goldsworthy Trilogy, 2008, p.56

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