1. The Gospel of the Kingdom
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Scripture Reading: Eph. 1:13; Col. 1:5; Mark 1:1, 14-15; 16:15; Matt. 4:17; 24:14; 28:18-19
Eph 1:13        In whom you also, having heard the word of the truth, the gospel of your salvation, in Him also believing, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of the promise,
Col 1:5           Because of the hope laid up for you in the heavens, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel,
Mark 1:1        The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God,
Mark 1:14       And after John was delivered up, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God,
Mark 1:15       And saying, The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God has drawn near. Repent and believe in the gospel.
Mark 16:15     And He said to them, Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to all the creation.
Matt 4:17       From that time Jesus began to proclaim and to say, Repent, for the kingdom of the heavens has drawn near.
Matt 24:14      And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole inhabited earth for a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.
Matt 28:18      And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
Matt 28:19      Go therefore and disciple all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
 
I.    The gospel includes all the truths in the Bible; thus, the entire Bible is the gospel of God—Eph. 1:13; Col. 1:5:
Eph 1:13        In whom you also, having heard the word of the truth, the gospel of your salvation, in Him also believing, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of the promise,
Col 1:5           Because of the hope laid up for you in the heavens, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel,
 
A.     The truth is the gospel, and the light of the truth is the light of the gospel; the unique commission of the church today is to preach the gospel, the content of which is the truth—Mark 1:1, 14-15; 16:15; John 8:12, 32; 1 Tim. 2:4.
Mark 1:1        The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God,
Mark 1:14       And after John was delivered up, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God,
Mark 1:15       And saying, The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God has drawn near. Repent and believe in the gospel.
Mark 16:15     And He said to them, Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to all the creation.
John 8:12       Again therefore Jesus spoke to them, saying, I am the light of the world; he who follows Me shall by no means walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
John 8:32       And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.
1 Tim 2:4       Who desires all men to be saved and to come to the full knowledge of the truth.
 
 
B.     The gospel is the fulfillment of the entire Old Testament; the gospel is the fulfillment of the promises, prophecies, and types and is also the removal of the law; this is a full definition of the gospel—Mark 1:1, 14; Gen. 3:15, 21.
Mark 1:1        The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God,
Mark 1:14       And after John was delivered up, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God,
Gen 3:15        And I will put enmity / Between you and the woman / And between your seed and her seed; / He will bruise you on the head, / But you will bruise him on the heel.
Gen 3:21        And Jehovah God made coats of skins for Adam and for his wife and clothed them.
 
II.   The four Gospels reveal different aspects of the gospel:
A.     In Matthew the goal of the gospel of the kingdom is to bring people into God to make them citizens of the kingdom of the heavens—28:19; 24:14; Rom. 14:17; Gal. 5:21.
Matt 28:19      Go therefore and disciple all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
Matt 24:14      And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole inhabited earth for a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.
Rom 14:17     For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
Gal 5:21         Envyings, bouts of drunkenness, carousings, and things like these, of which I tell you beforehand, even as I have said before, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
 
B.     In Mark the preaching of the gospel is to bring part of the old creation into the new creation—16:15-16; Rom. 8:20-21; Gal. 6:15.
Mark 16:15     And He said to them, Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to all the creation.
Mark 16:16     He who believes and is baptized shall be saved, but he who does not believe shall be condemned.
Rom 8:20       For the creation was made subject to vanity, not of its own will, but because of Him who subjected it,
Rom 8:21       In hope that the creation itself will also be freed from the slavery of corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God.
Gal 6:15         For neither is circumcision anything nor uncircumcision, but a new creation is what matters.
 
C.     In Luke we have the gospel of forgiveness to bring redeemed people back to the God-ordained blessing—24:46-48; 1:77-79; 2:30-32; Eph. 1:3, 7; Gal. 3:14.
Luke 24:46     And He said to them, Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise up from the dead on the third day,
Luke 24:47     And that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
Luke 24:48     You are witnesses of these things.
Luke 1:77       To give knowledge of salvation to His people by the forgiveness of their sins,
Luke 1:78       Because of the merciful compassions of our God, in which the rising sun will visit us from on high,
Luke 1:79       To shine upon those sitting in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.
Luke 2:30       For my eyes have seen Your salvation,
Luke 2:31       Which You have prepared before the face of all the peoples,
Luke 2:32       A light for revelation to the Gentiles and the glory of Your people Israel.
Eph 1:3          Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies in Christ,
Eph 1:7          In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of offenses, according to the riches of His grace,
Gal 3:14         In order that the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
 
D.     In John we have the eternal life that we may bear fruit for the building up of the Body of Christ, which is Christ’s increase—20:31; 15:16; Rom. 8:10, 6, 11; 12:4-5; Gal. 3:28; 4:19; 6:10, 16.
John 20:31     But these have been written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing, you may have life in His name.
John 15:16     You did not choose Me, but I chose you, and I set you that you should go forth and bear fruit and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name, He may give you.
Rom 8:10       But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the spirit is life because of righteousness.
Rom 8:6         For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the spirit is life and peace.
Rom 8:11       And if the Spirit of the One who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who indwells you.
Rom 12:4       For just as in one body we have many members, and all the members do not have the same function,
Rom 12:5       So we who are many are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.
Gal 3:28         There cannot be Jew nor Greek, there cannot be slave nor free man, there cannot be male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Gal 4:19         My children, with whom I travail again in birth until Christ is formed in you,
Gal 6:10         So then, as we have the opportunity, let us do what is good toward all, but especially toward those of the household of the faith.
Gal 6:16         And as many as walk by this rule, peace be upon them and mercy, even upon the Israel of God.
 
III.  It is crucial for us to see that the gospel is the gospel of the kingdom of God—Mark 1:14-15; Matt. 4:17; 24:14; 28:18-19:
Mark 1:14       And after John was delivered up, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God,
Mark 1:15       And saying, The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God has drawn near. Repent and believe in the gospel.
Matt 4:17       From that time Jesus began to proclaim and to say, Repent, for the kingdom of the heavens has drawn near.
Matt 24:14      And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole inhabited earth for a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.
Matt 28:18      And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
Matt 28:19      Go therefore and disciple all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
 
A.     The kingdom of God is a divine sphere for God to work out His plan; it is a realm where God can exercise His authority to accomplish what He intends—Mark 1:15; John 3:3, 5; Matt. 12:28; Rev. 11:15:
Mark 1:15       And saying, The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God has drawn near. Repent and believe in the gospel.
John 3:3         Jesus answered and said to him, Truly, truly, I say to you, Unless one is born anew, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
John 3:5         Jesus answered, Truly, truly, I say to you, Unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
Matt 12:28      But if I, by the Spirit of God, cast out the demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
Rev 11:15      And the seventh angel trumpeted; and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ, and He will reign forever and ever.
1.      The kingdom of God is the ruling, the reigning, of God with all its blessing and enjoyment—Mark 1:15; Col. 1:13.
Mark 1:15       And saying, The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God has drawn near. Repent and believe in the gospel.
Col 1:13         Who delivered us out of the authority of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,
2.      The kingdom is the realm for God to exercise His authority so that He may express His glory—Matt. 6:10, 13.
Matt 6:10       Your kingdom come; Your will be done, as in heaven, so also on earth.
Matt 6:13       And do not bring us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
 
B.     The fundamental problem in the universe is rebellion against the authority of God; when man fell, he rebelled against God, put God’s authority aside, denied God’s authority, and rejected God’s rule—Isa. 14:12-14; Gen. 3:6, 11; Rom. 5:12; 1 John 3:4.
Isa 14:12        How you have fallen from heaven, / O Daystar, son of the dawn! / How you have been hewn down to earth, / You who made nations fall prostrate!
Isa 14:13        But you, you said in your heart: / I will ascend to heaven; / Above the stars of God / I will exalt my throne. / And I will sit upon the mount of assembly / In the uttermost parts of the north.
Isa 14:14        I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; / I will make myself like the Most High.
Gen 3:6          And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make oneself wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband with her, and he ate.
Gen 3:11        And He said, Who told you that you are naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?
Rom 5:12       Therefore just as through one man sin entered into the world, and through sin, death; and thus death passed on to all men because all have sinned-
1 John 3:4      Everyone who practices sin practices lawlessness also, and sin is lawlessness.
 
C.     Through the gospel of the kingdom, God brings people under the ruling of the heavenly authority so that they may become His kingdom, those who are ruled by His authority—Matt. 24:14; Rev. 1:5-6.
Matt 24:14      And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole inhabited earth for a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.
Rev 1:5          And from Jesus Christ, the faithful Witness, the Firstborn of the dead, and the Ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and has released us from our sins by His blood
Rev 1:6          And made us a kingdom, priests to His God and Father, to Him be the glory and the might forever and ever. Amen.
 
D.     The New Testament preaches the gospel in the way of the kingdom; because the kingdom of God is the real gospel, to know the gospel requires that we know the kingdom—Mark 1:14-15; Acts 8:12.
Mark 1:14       And after John was delivered up, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God,
Mark 1:15       And saying, The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God has drawn near. Repent and believe in the gospel.
Acts 8:12       But when they believed Philip, who announced the gospel of the kingdom of God and of the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
 
E.     The gospel is for the kingdom, and the gospel is proclaimed so that rebellious sinners might be saved, qualified, and equipped to enter into the kingdom of God—Mark 1:14-15; Matt. 4:17; Acts 8:12:
Mark 1:14       And after John was delivered up, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God,
Mark 1:15       And saying, The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God has drawn near. Repent and believe in the gospel.
Matt 4:17       From that time Jesus began to proclaim and to say, Repent, for the kingdom of the heavens has drawn near.
Acts 8:12       But when they believed Philip, who announced the gospel of the kingdom of God and of the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
1.      The gospel of life, the gospel of grace, and the gospel of salvation are all for the kingdom; the kingdom is the center, the hub—John 3:16; Acts 20:24; 4:12.
John 3:16       For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that everyone who believes into Him would not perish, but would have eternal life.
Acts 20:24     But I consider my life of no account as if precious to myself, in order that I may finish my course and the ministry which I have received from the Lord Jesus to solemnly testify of the gospel of the grace of God.
Acts 4:12       And there is salvation in no other, for neither is there another name under heaven given among men in which we must be saved.
2.      The gospel of the kingdom brings people not only into God’s salvation but also into the kingdom; the emphasis of the gospel of the kingdom is on the heavenly ruling of God and the authority of the Lord—Matt. 24:14.
Matt 24:14      And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole inhabited earth for a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.
3.      The gospel of the kingdom brings the believers into the realm of the divine ruling so that they may participate in the blessings of the divine life in the divine kingdom—1 Thes. 2:12.
1 Thes 2:12    So that you might walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.
 
F.      In Matthew the goal of the gospel of the kingdom is to set up the kingdom of the heavens by putting people into the Triune God, making them citizens of the kingdom of the heavens—28:19; Rom. 14:17.
Matt 28:19      Go therefore and disciple all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
Rom 14:17     For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
 
G.     God commands everyone to repent for the kingdom—Matt. 3:2; 4:17; Acts 17:30:
Matt 3:2         And saying, Repent, for the kingdom of the heavens has drawn near.
Matt 4:17       From that time Jesus began to proclaim and to say, Repent, for the kingdom of the heavens has drawn near.
Acts 17:30     Therefore, having overlooked the times of ignorance, God now charges all men everywhere to repent,
1.      To repent means that originally we were rebellious and against God, but now we turn back to the Lord in submission—Matt. 3:2; 4:17.
Matt 3:2         And saying, Repent, for the kingdom of the heavens has drawn near.
Matt 4:17       From that time Jesus began to proclaim and to say, Repent, for the kingdom of the heavens has drawn near.
2.      To repent is to have a change of mind issuing in regret, to have a turn in purpose—Luke 3:3, 8; 5:32; 17:3; Acts 17:30-31.
Luke 3:3         And he came into all the region surrounding the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins,
Luke 3:8         Produce then fruits worthy of your repentance, and do not begin to say within yourselves, We have Abraham as our father; for I tell you that God is able out of these stones to raise up children to Abraham.
Luke 5:32       I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
Luke 17:3       Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him.
Acts 17:30     Therefore, having overlooked the times of ignorance, God now charges all men everywhere to repent,
Acts 17:31     Because He has set a day in which He is to judge the world in righteousness by the man whom He has designated, having furnished proof to all by raising Him from the dead.
3.      Unless we repent—that is, have a change of concept—we cannot enter into the kingdom—Mark 1:15; Matt. 3:2; 4:17.
Mark 1:15       And saying, The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God has drawn near. Repent and believe in the gospel.
Matt 3:2         And saying, Repent, for the kingdom of the heavens has drawn near.
Matt 4:17       From that time Jesus began to proclaim and to say, Repent, for the kingdom of the heavens has drawn near.
 
IV.  The gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole inhabited earth for a testimony to all the nations before the end of this age—24:14:
Matt 24:14      And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole inhabited earth for a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.
 
A.     The gospel of the kingdom must be brought to the whole inhabited earth through the churches in the Lord’s recovery—v. 14; 1 Thes. 1:8.
Matt 24:14      And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole inhabited earth for a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.
1 Thes 1:8      For from you the word of the Lord has sounded out; not only in Macedonia and in Achaia, but in every place, your faith toward God has gone out, so that we have no need of saying anything.
 
B.     Because all authority has been given to the resurrected Christ, He sent His disciples to disciple all the nations; they go with His authority—Matt. 28:18-19:
Matt 28:18      And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
Matt 28:19      Go therefore and disciple all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
1.      To disciple the nations is to make the heathen the kingdom people for the establishing of His kingdom, which is the church, even today, on the earth—1 Thes. 1:9; 2:12; Rev. 1:5-6, 9; 5:9-10.
1 Thes 1:9      For they themselves report concerning us what kind of entrance we had toward you and how you turned to God from the idols to serve a living and true God
1 Thes 2:12    So that you might walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.
Rev 1:5          And from Jesus Christ, the faithful Witness, the Firstborn of the dead, and the Ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and has released us from our sins by His blood
Rev 1:6          And made us a kingdom, priests to His God and Father, to Him be the glory and the might forever and ever. Amen.
Rev 1:9          I John, your brother and fellow partaker in the tribulation and kingdom and endurance in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.
Rev 5:9          And they sing a new song, saying: You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, for You were slain and have purchased for God by Your blood men out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,
Rev 5:10        And have made them a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign on the earth.
2.      The intrinsic purpose of our preaching the gospel is to bring the people of the nations into the Triune God in order to make them the citizens of the kingdom of the heavens—Matt. 24:14; 28:18-19.
Matt 24:14      And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole inhabited earth for a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.
Matt 28:18      And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
Matt 28:19      Go therefore and disciple all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
3.      According to Matthew, being baptized into the reality of the Father, the Son, and the Spirit is for the constituting of the kingdom of the heavens—v. 19.
Matt 28:19      Go therefore and disciple all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
4.      God’s heavenly kingdom can be constituted only with people who have been immersed into the union with the Triune God and who have been established and built up with the Triune God, who has been wrought into them—Rom. 6:3-4; 14:17; Gal. 3:26-27; 4:19; 5:21; Eph. 3:14-19; 5:5.
Rom 6:3         Or are you ignorant that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death?
Rom 6:4         We have been buried therefore with Him through baptism into His death, in order that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so also we might walk in newness of life.
Rom 14:17     For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
Gal 3:26         For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.
Gal 3:27         For as many as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
Gal 4:19         My children, with whom I travail again in birth until Christ is formed in you,
Gal 5:21         Envyings, bouts of drunkenness, carousings, and things like these, of which I tell you beforehand, even as I have said before, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Eph 3:14        For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father,
Eph 3:15        Of whom every family in the heavens and on earth is named,
Eph 3:16        That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit into the inner man,
Eph 3:17        That Christ may make His home in your hearts through faith, that you, being rooted and grounded in love,
Eph 3:18        May be full of strength to apprehend with all the saints what the breadth and length and height and depth are
Eph 3:19        And to know the knowledge-surpassing love of Christ, that you may be filled unto all the fullness of God.
Eph 5:5          For this you realize, knowing that every fornicator or unclean person or greedy person (who is an idolator) has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
 
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