or, There! (See Matthew 18:6 Matthew 18:7).. 4. seven times--not a lower measure of the forgiving spirit than the "seventy times seven" enjoined on Peter, which was occasioned by his asking if he was to stop at seven times. In the verse before 17:21, Jesus was just asked by the Pharisees "when the kingdom of God would come". "No," is the virtual answer, "though it come to seventy times that number, if only he ask forgiveness in sincerity." 1, 2. We now begin an extended analysis of Luke 17:20–21, which represents a key proof text utilized by “kingdom now” theologians seeking to scripturally prove a spiritually present manifestation of the kingdom. It certainly does not mean “in your midst”. 18 There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. CHAPTER 17. A statement made by Christ conceivably arguing that the kingdom has already come in spiritual form is found in Luke 17:20–21. 19 And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.