When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, He said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.”
Upon study, I discovered the kingdom of God reference appears to be different from the kingdom of heaven references. The kingdom of God verses that I looked up all pointed to the attitude of the heart. The kingdom of God is not material, it is not visible. The kingdom of God is Jesus being the King and authority in our lives. When Jesus tells this teacher of the law that he is not far from the kingdom of God, he is telling him that he is very near to giving up the letter of the law and man’s traditions and surrendering his heart, his spiritual life, his thought processes, to God.