Originally Posted by antonio
I believe as taught that the Kingdom of God is within. Knowing that, where is heaven? When Jesus ascended, to where did He ascend?
I'm not suggesting that the Kingdom/Heaven/ManyMansions/ throne of God have some physical location. I'm just asking are all these spiritual phenomenon in the same "place, "within" also? Did Jesus enter the Kingdom, and thus all of us, when He ascended? Is God also in His Kingdom?
The Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Heaven are synonymous in scripture.
Matthew only, uses the kingdom of heaven.
Mt 19:14 But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
Mr 10:14 But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.
At any rate, the kingdom was something that the Jews looked forward to as being a physical manifestation. Jesus made some fairly cryptic statements regarding it. Some of which many translators (such as them that translated the KJV) have had some difficulty with.
20 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:
21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you
I think that Jesus was not telling these Phsrisees that the kingdom of God was within them. But many translators prefer the alternate translation of that term, which is "among you".
If that is true, Jesus was telling His audience that He Himself was the very embodiment of the kingdom of God. There are other passages which confirm this interpretation.
Mt 12:28 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you
There is also the manifestation of the kingdom of God upon the earth (which many refer to as the millenial kingdom). Jesus did say (above) that kingdom of God comes not with observation. But in my opinion he is referring there to the kingdom of God that exists now, within the Church.
He also said this:
Joh 18:36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now
is my kingdom not from hence
The term "now" is a term that means "not at this time". Jesus did not say that there would not be an earthly manifestation of the kingdom of God, he simply said it was not to happen at that time. He also says that it is not "from hence" or "of this world". Which to me, indicates that his authority was not from the world and thus not the threat that would have been perceived by Pilot. Point is, we have no authority from anywhere else in scripture to assume Jesus meant there would be no physical manifestation of the kingdom of God.
Acts 1:6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?
7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.
Here, Jesus never denies their expectation, but simply tells them that the timing is not for them to know.
I know this goes beyond your questions, but I wanted to comment thoroughly on the topic. Actually there is much more to be said, but I'll leave it there for now.
Grace and peace.