17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
18 For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men.
The Kingdom of our God is made visible through men and women living in righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost: a present righteousness which is a gift; a present peace which is moment by moment actively won; a present joy manifested in the prophetic vision of those things always set before us. These three attributes are the outworking of an inner work of the Holy Ghost. These three attributes make us acceptable to our God: we are reconciled by them to our heavenly Father. They also bring us into favor with men: we can be trusted. This is the beginning of