I've been watching this video of Dallas Willard over and over and thinking about this all week and decided to share it.
"Unless you understand that Jesus invites us, through faith in him, that means putting your confidence in him, to actually live in the kingdom of God now; there will not be a basis for discipleship and transformation... (John Ortberg asked- "If the gospel of Jesus isn't primarily how to get into heaven when you die, what is Jesus' Gospel?") It is how to get into heaven before you die. That's it. That's why the New Testament for example, routinely treats you as if you have already died. It's because you have made a transition from a life on your own to a life that God himself is living in his kingdom. So, you get to be a part of that... What he preached was the availability of the kingdom of God to everyone, wherever they were and whoever they were. And so he announces this and by his own presence makes it available."