The Gospel of the Kingdom
The Gospel, or the good news, of the Kingdom of God was at the very center of the Master’s ministry. For while He came to die for our sins, He lived to preach and show the glad tidings of the Kingdom. As the Lord Jesus explained to those at Capernaum, a city of Galilee, who desired that He might remain with them. “I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities also: for therefore am I sent.” [Luke 4:43]. His desire for the Kingdom did not end with His ministry on earth however, for He taught the apostles all things pertaining to the Kingdom of God following His resurrection. [Acts 1:1-3]. And this He did so that they might seek first His Kingdom rather than the kingdoms of the world. [Matthew 6:33].
This same commission has been given to all those who desire to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. For if they have a desire, then they are called to be an ambassador, or witness, for Him. “For He [God] hath made Him [Jesus] to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” [2 Corinthians 5:21]. In other words, because Jesus Christ has redeemed us and saved our eternal life, we ought to respond by sharing His Gospel to every person that God places along our path. However, how do we teach about the principles of the Kingdom if we do not know them? The following topics below will touch on the importance of Scripture, on the Kingdom itself, on the understanding that no unclean thing can enter into the presence of God, and on the return of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Scriptures to Consider
Acts 1:1-3 (KJV)
1:1 The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, 1:2 Until the day in which He was taken up, after that He through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom He had chosen: 1:3 To whom also He shewed himself alive after His passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God
Matthew 6:33 (KJV)
6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Luke 4:42-43 (KJV)
4:42 And when it was day, He departed and went into a desert place: and the people sought Him, and came unto Him, and stayed Him, that He should not depart from them. 4:43 And He said unto them, I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities also: for therefore am I sent.
Principles to Consider
The Great Plan of Redemption
Twelve principles found within the Gospel of Jesus Christ outline the plan of our redemption and salvation. Beginning with the creation and ending with eternal life