Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,
Many people seem to suppose this means some realm after death, where those who have done nothing but mortify themselves here shall do nothing but enjoy themselves hereafter. But what Christ meant by the kingdom of heaven was a life begun here, passing through the grave and gate of death without any breach of spiritual continuity. Unchanged in essence was the life of His kingdom — changeable only in outward accidents. Its essence depended always not on where, but on what you were. The kingdom of heaven was always a state within, not a place, though it worked itself out here below in a visible Church.
(H. R. Haweis, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,