THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM
We hear the phrase
"Gospel of the Kingdom" and pay little attention to it;
but there is wisdom in the understanding of it.
The Gospel of the Kingdom is what Jesus taught and preached. There
was a distinction between the teaching of Jesus to the Jews of his
day and the nature of the message that was introduced after the
Messiah was crucified and raised to heavenly glory. With the birth
of the church age after the first pentecost in an upper room of
the temple complex, the emphasis of a kingdom rule by Christ as
an earthly king changed.
As a result the Kingdom
Age was deferred to a future time. Jesus told the Roman governor
at his trial that "Now my kingdom is not of this world,"
but he acknowledge to Pilot that he was indeed a King but a king
was not of this present world. He was the king who came to die.
The disciples knew that the Kingdom was promised and saught for.
On the triumphal entry
into Jerusalem the final week of his earthly life, people were expecting
and proclaiming him as Messiah, Son of David, which implied
the ruler of the Kingdom of Israel, They strew palm fronds upon
the path and waved them in the air, a welcome and accolade of a
king and ruler. The disciples made many assumptions while ministering
with Jesus as they went their way into the villages of Judeah. As
Jesus directed, they ministered only to the lost sheep of the children
of Israel. There was the assumption that the Good News of the Kingdom
was only for the Jews of that day. They did not understand what
Jesus was about when he spent his two days in Samaria, which was
essentially a non Jewish region and brought certain numbers of believers
into the Kingdom through the woman who he spoke to at the well of
Samaria. This was a fore shadowing of the time called age of
the gentiles when the Kingdom teaching would be taught and experienced
as something that manifested inwardly and not outwardly.
Today I and many fundamentalist
Bible teachers point to a dispensation frame; a future fulfillment
of the Kingdom age which is also found prophetically throughout
the bible. It is called the secont coming of the Messiah.
It is at this time that the world will be chastised and cleansed
for all the unrighteous deeds practiced by evil men and women. Judgment
will fall upon those who are God-haters and Christ rejecters. Those
who claim that Jesus is not the only way will have their unbelief
rewarded. Israel will find their true Messiah and mourn for him
when they acknowledge their error and blindness at his first visit.
They crucified their king and cryed that his blood be upon themselves.
The fact that the Kingdom
Age is not yet manifest is clearly shown by the growing darkness
and wickedness that is increasing as was predicted by Jesus and
his disciples, Peter, Jude, Paul, and John. The days grow darker
as the time of judgment draws near. Spiritual apostasy is rampant
and a generation of self indulgent, ungoldly haters is blaspheming
God. (See 2 Tim. 3:1-3) the god of this world is preparing
his own sons for a time to have their moment of triumph which will
soon come to nothing.
"In this world
we will have tribulation said Yeshua Jesus, but fear not, I have
overcome the world." He has one soul at a time and he shall
in the day of his final judgment, deal with the sin and rebellion
problem for good!
THE GRACE GOSPEL
Jesus (Jeshua) and the Good News Message
seems that in the course of living a "religious" life, we tend to
lose sight of some of the most basic essentials of Christianity.
The essentials contain within them foundational truths and indispensable
revelations. Among these essential truths is the fact that the Christian
faith is built upon the gifts bestowed by one man, this one man
who is the only begotten son of God..
is this man and what makes him special? Did he come to teach about love?
Did he come to model a moral lifestyle? Did he come to found a religion
replete with ritualistic protocols? Who do men say that I am?,
Jesus asked his disciples. If we do not get the correct answer to that
question, you can not avail yourself of the 'gift of God' which he brings.
is a simple African hymn-tune that states:
loved the world and sent a savior,That we might live with Him forever,
If you believe, if you receive, You can be born again.
Jesus was born a man, he was a man, but he was more than a man. He was
son of man and son of God. His name given by angels, in Hebrew is Yeshua
(Jeshua or Jesus.) The name means Jehovah is Salvation. It was
only after his ministry, death and resurrection that he became known as
the Christ. Christ was not his last name. Christ (Greek Kristos
- Anointed One is the equivalent title for the Hebrew Meshiach
or Messiah) the Son of God.
Christ is not as universalists and new-agers claim, an office, or an attribute
of an exalted human achievement of enlightenment.
name in Hebrew, Yeshua , means 'Jehovah is Salvation'. Angels were
sent to announce the miraculous birth both to Mary and to Joseph, in
the gospel accounts. The angel told them what his name was to be,
You shall call His name Yeshua for he shall save his people -
- (Matthew 1:21; Luke 1:31).
Prophecy foretold the Messiah's birth
in detail. Prophecy is the testimony or witness of Jesus Christ. (Revelation
19:10.) It began in the earliest verses of the Book of Genesis and continues
through the books of the law, the psalms, and the prophetic books of
the first covenant, (old testament.) There is an unbroken line of scriptural
promises and scriptural fulfillment attesting to the birth of Jesus.
In addition Jesus Christ was portrayed metaphorically as a spiritual
type throughout all of the Old Testament. In a sense the whole Bible
is a composite picture which, when constructed shows the fullness of
God in one Man, the Son of God, Jesus Christ.
Prophetic words spoken and recorded hundred
of years in advance, describe the time of birth, place of birth, manner
of birth, the life, and death of Jesus Christ in perfect detail.
His birth was to be at a certain place, at a certain
time, under certain circumstances. At the birth of Jesus, God affirmed
that Word of prophecy with precision. precisely and in perfect
timing. Jesus' life continued on its prophetic course, as sure as hands
on fine clock, from the time of Jesus matured and was presented to the
public, to his being received as the messiah (by some) rejected, tried,
and crucified. All of these events followed a precise time-line corresponding
to the sure words of prophecy.
Since most of the prophecies found in the Old
Testament point to the certainty of the birth of the Messiah, God's
prophets were afforded no misses in their predictions. A prophet who
missed only 10% of the time was declared a false prophet and subject
to death by stoning. There
are many interesting books and commentaries which biblical scholars
have written which detail the hundred of specific prophetic scriptures
and their fulfillment pertinent to the life of Jesus. These studies
are available for any who wish to pursue them. Details of prophecy goes
beyond the scope of this writing but the point is to note that Messiah
was foretold by God.
and Salvation Derives From Jewish Heritage
The Jews were the ONLY people that God
chose and fashioned to bring forth the Messiah. ("Salvation
is of the Jews.") God chose a man, (Abraham) made a covenant with
him with the singular purpose of having a people for His own special
treasure. These generations from Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, persevered
through generations of trials, unfaithfulness, captivity and deliverance
to become a people to prepare God's man, His seed. Through
the line of David he was to be Savior and soon King.
was God's Wisdom and design to construct a Way, in such an improbable
manner to be reckoned implausible in man's reasoning. Thus He could
prove the superiority of His own wisdom. When God chose and man (Abraham,)
he chose one "as good as dead", whose wife (Sarah)
was far past the age of child-bearing and nurturing.
Similarly, when God chose a king for
Israel, He chose David a shepherd boy. When God chose a woman to bear
the Messiah He chose a virgin of low estate. When Jesus chose his disciples
he chose unlearned fishermen or workmen. When He chose how to establish
a kingdom he chose a king who would forego an earthly crown and die
the death of sinful man upon a cross.
chooses the way of faith to recognize and believe and to follow Christ.
Faith is essentially a way of being persuaded
by believing an inward witness of God's word, rather than by
observation and reasoning. God chose to make reason and human smartness
a pitfall to believing His word and His promises.
The Anointed One, The prophesied Son
of David. This Messiah, is prophesied to return to sit upon the throne
of an earthly kingdom. But that time is still to come. At the end of
this age Bible believing Christians look for Jesus to return physically
to put an end to all opposition and rebellion against God's purposes.
This end time event is described prophetically as The Day of Vengeance
(Day of Wrath) or the Day of the Lord. The Day of the Lord is
described throughout prophetic scripture. It is then will unleash devastation
and judgment against all unbelief, unrighteousness, and rebellion will
be addressed and overcome by God himself. It will not be accomplished
through negotiation or compromise; it will not be accomplished with
reasoning, negotiation, nor with political bargaining, nor with treaty
making. Rather, God will exercise supernatural power, all of the forces
of heaven and earth against all the nations and peoples who stand in
rebellion against the Kingdom of Jesus Christ.
The Messiah of the Gospels will return
in majestic glory revealed in the skies. He will not be that charismatic
politician winning over the peoples of the earth. He will rule with
the force and authority of the name of God Almighty. And one more very
important attribute, lest you should be deceived; He is the one who
carries the imprint of the nails in His hands! (Zechariah 13.6.)
is Jesus? The Son of God.
was conceived by the Spirit of God. This
makes him the only begotten son of God. He is the seed of the
woman who is mentioned in Genesis 3:15. It is important to understand
that the father's blood line of Jesus' parental inheritance is
that of God himself who was and is sinless and undefiled. Yet within
the human seed is the nature of humanity, weaknesses, want and human
life that Jesus lived was a life lived
within the limits of the human condition. Yet scripture states that
He knew no sin, and though he was tempted in all areas just as
we are. He remained undefiled and separate from the sin nature which
is peculiar among all of the natural born human race. (Hebrews 4:15,
was a man, but certainly unlike humanity in a special way. The
human race according to the bible, has an Adamic hereditary line
or genealogy, descended from the line of Adam. Since Adam the human
race is under a curse. The fall and the curse is portrayed in
the first chapters of Genesis. At the moment, you may not believe in
Adam or in any kind of curse, but for the time being, set that argument
aside. God can work that issue out with you at a later time. It is necessary
to believe that the Bible is not a fable or fiction. To argue against
the Bible is to lose the blessing of believing in it, both in small
questions and in larger questions.
Jesus submitted his will to God the Father
The Jesus of the Gospels demonstrated meekness,
submission and servant-hood. He did not present himself in the
form of God but as the "Son of Man!" Neither did Jeshua
present himself as a worldly leader, nor a member of the religious
establishment. Yet he came to his people, God's people, Israel as an
old testament prophet an adherent to the Law of Moses.
did not demonstrate God-like powers at will in his infancy until
he was baptized by John, though some apocryphal stories speak of this.
Scripture indicates he did no miracles until his baptism in the Jordan
river by the prophet who "made the way" for Jesus' ministry,
John the Baptist. After his baptism at the age of 30 the Spirit of God
came upon him and filled him with the necessary endowment of miracle-working
power. Even with supernatural spiritual endowments there were times
when Jesus himself was not able to heal or do mighty works, this was
owing to the faith (belief) or unbelief of those he ministered
Jesus did not flaunt God-hood it would
be an error to say that he did not know of his DIVINE nature or of his
divine calling. He spoke of being about his Father's business even as
a child. Jesus was filled with grace and wisdom, both of which
bespeak spiritual enablement given by God. Jesus was the Logos (the
Word, the whole counsel of God) made flesh.
A movie which came out several years
ago, The Last Temptation of Christ, portrayed Jesus as entirely
human, flawed with the worst of human weaknesses, dark passions, indecision
and unbelief. It depicted a Jesus with no divine or supernatural heritage,
whose only vision was of some kind of vague personal sacrifice. Though
this is clever or interesting fiction it portrays no understanding of
the truth. It does not dignify the person of Jesus Christ as one possessing
transcendent divinity or as having any potential for impacting humanity
with eternal consequences.
Christ, The Word Made Flesh
The Son of God, is called the
Word made Flesh, was born in human
form but he also had pre-existence with God. This can not,
however, be said of the rest of the human race though there are millions
in religions who believe in the doctrine of previous lives. Jesus
spoke of His own glory which he had with the Father before the world
was in his prayer recorded in John, chapter seventeen. From this it
can be stated with certainty that Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God,
was also God. This becomes one awesome mysteries of the nature and person
of God. I find it beyond my ability to comprehend but I expect that
it will be revealed to my understanding at another time.
Christ was pre-existent some may conclude that we all pre-existed. The
question is appealing in some ways, curious and interesting at least.
It is argued as a reality by those who have received spurious, demonically
inspired revelation. But let it be said by a person who once thoroughly
believed in reincarnation, that I have set that belief aside in favor
of the Bible's teaching. "It is appointed unto man to die once,
and after that the judgment." (Hebrews 9:27).
doctrine of resurrection which is taught in the Bible excludes the possibility
of reincarnation. One life is promised,
one body and eternal judgment for that one life at some time in eternity.
The resurrection of Jesus' own physical body from the dead, will be
replicated for every living human soul, both the good and the bad, righteous
and unrighteous. Jesus was called, the first fruits of they that
sleep 1Corinthians 15:20.)
doctrine of the resurrection is given much attention in the New Testament
especially in the epistles. Nevertheless,
it is unreasonable to the rational mind, to assert that a body which
is dead or has even returned to dust can be brought forth alive (bodily)
out of the dust. But that is in fact the teaching of scripture from
the prophet Daniel to Jesus, and restated by the apostle Paul in particular.
glorified man Jesus, will be presented one day as
he was already presented to the disciples in Gospel accounts, alive
õ in the flesh, bearing the same nail scars and the same spear
wound in the side. As he left in a physical body ascended into
glory, he will also return in a physical body. As he departed from the
Mount of Olives he will also return in glory to that same spot to begin
Resurrection, No Gospel!
doctrine of the resurrection is the validation and the cornerstone of
the Gospel. Jesus had to rise again,
having defeated death, alive with the keys to hell and the grave.
The gospel which the apostle Paul presented stated this, If Jesus
Christ is not risen from the grave, then all of our preaching, is for
nothing and our faith is for nothing; furthermore our futures would
hold only misery. (1 Corinthians 15:17-19 paraphrased)
We could not have a supernatural Gospel
without a supernatural Christ. We could not receive supernatural spiritual
gifts from believing in a Gospel
presented by a mere man, even if he was a great man! If the gospel we
followed was a gospel without a resurrection, the best we could do would
be to try to live an honest and moral life using the limited powers
of our own will and abilities. We could not have received total acceptance
by God without Jesus Christ's sacrifice. He was and is the Lamb
is Jesus Christ? The Lamb of God
sacrifice is made, The price is paid.
I believe that if Christian traditionalism
has shorted us on any one thing, it is the knowledge and understanding
of Jesus Christ's sacrifice as the Lamb of God and the legacy
of Spiritual blessing that His sacrifice brings. These blessings have
the power to impact the life and circumstances of every soul on earth.
The sacrificial death of Jesus, God's only begotten, is the reason that
Jesus came. It is the cornerstone of the Good News, the Gospel of Jesus
This message of God's free love gift, the good news, is not just an
option to consider. The Lamb's gospel is established in the very heavens
and every person on the earth will be held to account for it. For, the
earth is the Lord's and everything that is in it. (Exodus 9:29 Psalm
The sacrifice of the lamb of God is a
better sacrifice than the Covenant of Mosaic law, where bulls and goats
were killed and the blood of those offerings was applied to cover
the sin of the nation. These offerings could not extricate the innate
sin nature of people themselves, but were only a temporary fix,
a covering over for the sin of the people. The Book of Hebrews goes
into detail about the new covenant and the nature of the sacrifice which
Jesus made on our behalf. It compares the Mosaic and New covenant and
how the provisions of the new is a better covenant than the original.
The lamb of God was pre-figured
in the sacrifice made by Abraham of his own son, Isaac, the son of God's
promise. Abraham took Isaac to the mountain and as he prepared to put
him to the knife, said to his son, God himself will provide the lamb.
(Genesis 22:8). The lamb of God was also described prophetically with
great clarity in the Book of Isaiah, chapters 52 and 53. He was led
as a lamb to the slaughter and as a sheep before the shearer is silent,
he did not open his mouth. (Isaiah 53:3-9).
The description of the purification of the priests
who brought offerings into the Holy of Holies is a depiction of Jesus
Himself. It was His blood that would purify and sanctify the mercy seat
that was sprinkled seven times upon heaven's altar.
Undefiled Blood: Shed for Us
-- Was shed, when He sweat drops blood in the
Garden of Gethsemane. Gripped with the terrible thought of separation
from his Father, who would turn from him, abandoning him to death; Gripped
with the horrible prospect of being made a "Curse" and separated
from God by the sins of the world.
- -Was shed, when the servant of the high priest
smote him upon the face.
- - Was shed, when the Roman soldiers ridiculed
him, mocked him, stripped him, buffeted him and torn out His beard.
- - Was shed, When he was flogged with the flagellum,
the deadly scourging with the whip. This flagellum with the nine strands
and each tipped with a metal or glass object which cut and wounded.
Forty strokes were a death sentence, Jesus received 39.
- - Was shed, when the crown of thorns was plaited
upon Jesus' head.
- - Was shed, when Jesus hands and feet were penetrated
by the spikes which would hold him suspended above the earth upon a
Roman cross (the curse of hanging on a tree.)
- - Was shed, when the Roman officer pierced his
side with a spear and blood and water flowed out upon the ground.
Blood Purchased the Provisions of the Gospel
Discussing the blood of the lamb may strike you
as something primitive, strange or disgusting but it is the fact
that it is the living blood which makes a sacrifice spiritually
effectual. From the writings of Moses we learn that the Life is in
the blood. Blood is the life of the soul and holds potential for
both blessing and for defilement. Innocent blood is said to cry out
from the earth. The blood of victims of abortion and violence cry
out continuously with a certain voice from the earth.
Jesus' blood was blood untainted by sin or the
curse or death. It is 100 per cent imbued with the power of life. This
blood had within it perfect eternal life; it still has, in the present,
perfect eternal life. That blood that sprinkled the earth from the Mount
of Olives, to Pilate's hall of judgment, to the via Dolorosa, to the
hill called Golgotha, is still nurturing the whole earth. As Jesus was
dying the death of crucifixion upon a cross, he declared the sentence
which his blood would continue to enforce, Father forgive them, they
do not know what they do. Jesus blood purchased the price for our
sins, sins past, sins present, and sins future.
Father forgive them, Among the last words
spoken by Jesus upon the cross is the legacy which any person whose
soul is in want can appropriate as his or her own personal blessing
and legacy, eternal life.
is Jesus? (Aside from being the Son of God)
A Really Nice Guy, A Man who knew Love and Serving
It is written in the law of Moses that we should
make no graven image. Among all of the ten commandments this one may
not lend itself readily to application although the first references
seem to figure in the question of idolatry both natural and figuratively.
I think, however, it has more application to our present knowledge or
lack of knowledge about God. One of the characteristics of human nature
is to draw inferences, to establish values and to form conclusions based
upon things we see with the natural eye.
Throughout the nearly two thousand years of Christian
tradition we become the victims of iconography, Icons which in some
manner or another depict God or the Son of God. Any of us who have ever
been to a major museum have seen depictions of Jesus Christ created
during different historical eras. The characteristics of portrayal is
to make a presumptuous statements about the personality, the humanity
or the divinity of the subject that is being portrayed. Iconography
has colored our interpretation of who Jesus is. Some of these images
are very static with a very narrow portrayal. A sense of Jesus Christ's
humanity was not apparent for centuries. When he was depicted by the
first Christian artists there was not a trace of life or humanity. For
the period from the 4th century until the 14th, he was no more than
an stylized icon, lacking any features which would make him like us.
Later, after the fifteenth century, he was portrayed as very human in
works by Rembrandt, or Caravaggio, Rubens, and others. The point that
I am making is in respect to images that form a narrowness and misunderstanding
of who Jesus was. Religious traditions sometimes portray Jesus in such
a narrow light that we can not associate him in all of his attributes,
human and divine. For example images of Christ on the cross may take
us away from the image of a gloriously resurrected Jesus.
of Jesus in the form and manner that he ministered on earth; a friendly,
loving and kindly person does not interfere with his divinity nor his
sovereignty. The human quality of Jesus needs to be preserved. I think
the phrase "Jesus was a nice guy," may strike a chord of impertinence
the religious and formal. So much of Christian life has tuned into structured
liturgy. But I say it for a reason. We need to de-iconize, de-mystify
Jesus and make Jesus accessible to people, especially in the now of
the Gospel rather than the then of religion. Those who minister
as Christians to others need to regard the manner of life and service
that Jesus modeled. The Lord is not someone who placed himself out of
the reach of humanity.
phrase of "Knowing Jesus no more after the flesh" brings
a Spiritual reality of who Jesus is in the present, enthroned in heavenly
glory at the right hand of great power. This brings into account of
Jesus now enthroned as the sovereign who continuously intervenes as
the High Priest over his Spiritual Kingdom. The Kingdom of this
world is yet to be fulfilled with the Sovereign seated on the throne
of his earthly kingdom.
There are other many other attributes or prophetic
descriptions of Jesus, as depicted by the the Hebrew names of Jehovah:
Nissi, Tsidkenu, Rapha, Shama, Jireh, Sabbaoth, and numerous others,
as well as: the 'Righteous Judge', the 'Captain of the Army of God',
the 'Ancient of Days', and many other powerful and illuminating titles.
One day, we will all fall before Christ, the Righteous Judge. But for
now Jesus is still approachable as the gentle shepherd, full of compassion,
forgiveness, restoration and blessing to those of us with a need. He
is extending a hand of friendship to those who need a friend.
Jesus' friendly and compassionate personality
is called a friend to sinners, one who went out of his way to meet and
have fellowship with those that the religious community excluded (Matthew
9:10-13.) Jesus was known to have been in the middle of fun and frolic
where there was feasting and drinking. He said of himself, that he was
accused of being a glutton and a wine bibber, but in spite of this Jesus,
declared that wisdom is known by her offspring. (Matthew 11:19
You can find interesting encounters of Jesus
with people in the Gospels. There are numerous accounts of men or women
who were considered 'the wrong sort,' received mercy from the Lord's
hand of compassion and acceptance:
Zaccheus the publican; (described in
The Samaritan woman at the well of Sychar; (John 4:5-30).
The woman taken in adultery; (John 8:4-11).
Mary, a former prostitute anointed Jesus feet at the house of Simon
the leper with a costly perfume; (Luke 7:37-47).
Jesus who came to the grave side of Lazarus
and wept; (John 11).
Jesus who consoled the man healed of blindness after the church council
expelled him; (John 9).
At a certain future day when Jesus will be the host at a great feast
and serve all of those attending. (Luke 12:37).
The demonized man of the Gaderenes.
The friendship factor as it pertains
to the person of Jesus is something that must not be lost. There is
a proverb that states, There is a friend that sticks closer than a brother.
(Proverbs 18:24) This is the love and friendship of Jesus Christ.
are so many hurting, there are man who are bruised, and there are man
needing a friend. The love and power of the Spirit of Christ Jesus can
supply this. It is a kind of supernatural miracle that someone who needs
and asks believing can receive.
FEATURES of The GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM
Jesus' went forth teaching the Message of the Gospel of the Kingdom
There are two Kingdom models which coincide and yet are different in
expression and fulfillment.
Kingdom of God is always connected to the "Kingdom of the Heavens."
In the expression kingdom of the heavens, God expresses himself spiritually,
supernaturally, upon the earth through Christ the Messiah in the two
thousand years of church age. Jeshua, Jesus is the one approved by God
to bring forth the kingdom of righteousness upon the earth. It is done
in two stages. First the invisible kingdom (Paul's gospel to the gentiles)
and finally, (soon) to the natural Israel, when the kingdom will be
realized. (Matthew 25) The natural kingdom fulfillment has everything
to do with Israel's restoration and recognition of He who was rejected
in his original presentation to his people.
often, religious tradition has taken away the spiritual nature, power
and potential provided through our relationship with Jesus Christ and
replaced it with human- centered ideas and institutional church behaviors.
The foundational Gospel is the message of God's plan for restoring the
earth and reconciling its people under His own rulership; to gather them
unto himself. (Exodus 19) It is a prophetic plan and timetable for God's
rulership. (Matthew 4:23) "And Jesus went about all
Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, (1) teaching and preaching the
gospel of the (restored) kingdom, (2) healing all manner of sickness and
all manner of disease among the people." and delivering those who are
oppressed by Satan in manifold ways.
The Gospel addresses the systematic restoration and redemption of
all of mankind, delivering the people from the control of Lucifer.
It was Satan, (Lucifer) who once had been given the dominion of worldly
rulership. Jesus regained authority over principalities and powers
and made a triumph (a victorious parade) before every spiritual
power entity, ( angels and demons) and displayed that He, Jesus, the son
of man had received kingship, all ruling spiritual authority, in the World.
"The Son of God came to destroy the works of the Devil."(1John 3:8)
There are Two Kingdoms in Spiritual Conflict
Jesus came Against Satan's Kingdom with Messianic Power
"And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their
synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every
sickness and every disease among the people." (Matthew 9:35) "The
blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed,
and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel
preached to them." (Mat 11:5) "But is now made manifest by the appearing
of our Savior Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought
life and immortality to light through the gospel:"(2 Tim 1:10) "Remember
that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according
to my gospel:" ( 2 Tim 2:8)
Bondages and Removing the Curse
The curse of Adam and the curse of the law and was/is evident
in all sickness and evil that is manifest in the world. Satan
is reluctant to surrender control and authority and must be driven out
by the conquering king. Those who have been born of God are given authority
in His Name.
Just how long will Satan's "lease" be allowed to stand? There
are diffeing opinions on this. The answer is hidden in the "mystery
of iniquity". Though some do not read the scriptures with the
prophetic terms "end times" with the same understanding, most
agree that the "end times" are here and now. The Mount of Olive
discourses that Jesus outlined the end-time events are recorded in Matthew
24, Luke 21 and Mark 13. They answer the disciples questions pertaining
to the destiny of the kingdom of Israel, signs describing the end of
the age, and the second coming of the Lord. The literal end of the age
outlines the final prophetic defeat of the Evil One in an all-out conflict
in the end. The
day of the Lord is the prophetic reference to that time of Judgment
by God against those who resist and repress his Gospel and live in rebellion
the True Gospel
The Gospel of the Kingdom combines the teaching of a Gospel of power,
peace and earthly righteousness: The Gospel is the Power of (from)
God to those who will choose to believe it. I believe, has three important
elements, all of which touch upon or are founded upon the rulership
and authority of the "King and heir of all things," Jesus
Christ. 1. To call many sons unto himself. The gospel to the gentiles
extends God's grace to those outside of the covenant of Israel. This
is the harmony and fellowship of the Spirit made possible by the gift
of the Holy Spirit. 2. To empower the sons to be Kings and priests and
fellow heirs. This gospel is a unique revelation given to Paul as one
chosen by God as an apostle to usher in a dispensation of the age of
grace to the gentiles, called the church age. Finally 3rd, to restore
the Kingdom of God on earth after purging the evil at his second coming.
King Who is this King of Glory?
This one man, Jesus of Nazareth, has been ordained to be the Head
of the Kingdom of God? It is He who has been given all authority within
the Kingdom. It is He who was appointed by God the Father, approved
by Him in the resurrection of His body from the dead.
-- Being freed from the Consequences
of Our Old Nature
Redemption goes much further than belief and ideology. Fallen man had
to be changed supernaturally from the inside out. A provision
had to be made to deal with the sinful nature residing within every
person in a fallen race. God's plan to is to make something new out
of that man, a new creation, recreated by the Spirit of God.
This new right-standing status is not achieved by philosophy, theology
or religious disciples, rituals or beliefs but through the power
of a New Life.
The issue of righteousness outside of the law hangs upon this
"New Creation". He who was without sin was made sin for
us, so that we could become the righteousness of God. The teaching of
the "power of the cross" and the "exchange at the cross" are the hinge
upon which the miracle of the new birth and righteousness articulates.
Hidden Gospel -- An Extension of Jesus Ministry
long-hidden aspect of the Gospel of the Kingdom has to the do with the
EXTENSION OF JESUS MINISTRY on the earth by Christ acting spiritually
through every believer. We become as Kings and Priests in the
earth, with Jesus in us and working through us with supernatural empowerment
to minister and experience the work of God. Through the enablement of
the Holy Spirit available to each disciple for the sole purpose of doing
the works Jesus and the apostles were enabled to do.
One aspect has been conspicuously absent in the revelation of the gospel
for hundreds of years. It is now only marginally coming to light. There
is great resistance to this message by the spirits of darkness.
The wonderful truth of "Christ In Us, our hope of Glory" expresses a
new life, a new character, and new spiritual potential. It is
not a rite of becoming church members according to the form of worldly
tradition but partakers of Jesus character and of his ministry (gr.
The gospel of the Kingdom is expressed more through relationship than
in religious knowledge or ritual. Jesus chose men and women
to disciple and to share the witness of His glory. It was his
original disciples who witnessed all of the miracles and wonders of
His word and deed. Yet amazingly, it was not enough for
the disciples who witnessed His words and His works for 3 years to share
their testimony. The Gospel required more than that. They needed an
surpernatural empowerment from God; the same power that was in Jesus
had to energize and equip each man and woman.
Enabling "Anointing" of the Holy Spirit Spiritual Ministry: Preaching,
Healing, and Deliverance
quoted a portion of Isaiah 61 that was to outline the parameters of
his ministry and the ministry of those who would immediately proceed
into the church age. "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because
he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me
to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and
recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,"
(Luke 4:18) "Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell
John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the
lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised,
to the poor the gospel is preached." (Luke 7:22) "And they departed,
and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing every
where." (Luke 9:6)
Darkness continues to withstand the full gospel message from being taught.
The "leaven of the Pharisees" is still an active agent of resistance
to the Gospel of the Kingdom. It is this religious spirit that
brings a believer into the bondage of unbelief and the traditions of
man. The Gospel says that we are transformed into a new life of
provision and authority and supernatural ministry but tradition says
otherwise; The gospel says we are as He was in this world, tradition
says otherwise; The gospel says we are Kings and Priests and the anointing
teaches all things, tradition says otherwise; The gospel says he ascended
and gave gifts to man and that every man has received these gifts in
order to minister, tradition says otherwise; The gospel says there is
but one mediator between God and man and we do not go to man to meet
God, tradition will direct otherwise. The gospel says not by man,
not by man's own will, or by any worldly means, tradition says
The Gospel of the Kingdom is Manifested Power
I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God
unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and then
to the Greek (gentiles)" (Romans 1:16)
"Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God;
so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully
preached the gospel of Christ." (Romans 15:19)" The Gospel
means "Good News" - - Hope and Blessing
is the Gospel called the "good news"? Through it is found liberty,
peace with God, joy and righteousness. "And
how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful
are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad
tidings of good things!" (Romans 10:15) "And I am sure that,
when I come unto you, I shall come in the fullness of the blessing of
the gospel of Christ." (Romans 15:29) The Message of the Gospel
is Hidden to Human MindsThe natural man with all of his intellect can
not receive things which are spiritual, for it takes faith to believe. "But
if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:"
(2 Corinthians 4:3) "But they have not all obeyed the gospel.
For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?" (Romans 10:16)
"In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which
believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is
the image of God, should shine unto them."(2 Corinthians 4:4) "For unto
us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached
did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it."
(Hebrews 4:2) "Now to him that is of power to establish
you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according
to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world
began," (Romans 16:25) "For Christ sent me not
to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest
the cross of Christ should be made of none effect." (1 Corinthians 1:17)
Gospels, Other Gospels There are many cultic or non Christian "gospels"
being taught. Every cult and sect has any of three things which are
wrong with it:
1. The wrong Jesus, 2. the wrong Gospel, 3. the wrong spirit.
"For if he that cometh preaches another Jesus, whom we have not preached,
or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another
gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him."
(2 Corinthians 11:4)
"I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into
the grace of Christ unto another gospel:" "Which is not another;
but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of
Christ." (Galatians 1:6,7)
"But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto
you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed."
As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel
unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed." (Galatians
1:8,9) Fellowship with the Holy Spirit"Instructs us in the
Gospel of the Kingdom was communicated directly to the Apostle Paul
by revelation of the Spirit of God, and face to face with Jesus Christ
(revealed "to one out of due time " a time after the forty days when
Jesus made in the flesh visitation with his disciples before ascending
into heaven.) Paul was visited personally by Jesus. The epistles
indicate a time of extraordinary revelation of His Gospel.
Now for any who will seek it, there is the same Spirit of revelation,
"the Spirit of Wisdom and Truth". The Holy Spirit will communicate all
the things which are of Christ and show them to us in prayer, reading
of the word and in meditation.
"But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of
me is not after man."
(Galatians 1:11) "And I went up by revelation, and communicated unto
them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to
them which were of reputation, lest by any means I should run, or had
run, in vain." (Galatians 2:2)
Gospel: Good News of Salvation
is not limited strictly to promised heavenly rewards, having been made
free of the fierce judgment of God's wrath upon sinners. Salvation encompasses
total restoration, (salvation, healing and deliverance.) "In whom ye
also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your
salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with
that holy Spirit of promise," (Ephesians 1:13)
A Prayer of Faith,The
Prayer Which Brings Salvation If any person believes the Gospel
in their heart and declare this aloud to witnesses, that person shall
be saved; changed and made alive in Christ! The testimony of the believer
which brings salvation is a prayer of Faith, which is a spoken proclamation
declaring a promise from the Word of God. It should include some of
the following understandings. "Who is Jesus? What did he do for ME?
What will He do in ME because I believe?" These are elements of the
Gospel you should know after reading these chapters. Grafted into
the Vine of God's ElectThe gospel of Jesus Christ extends God's grace
and provision outside of circle of the people of God's original
covenant. Beyond the fellowship of the Elect of Israel -- outside of
the boundary of the Abrahamic line.
"That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and
partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:" (Ephesians 3:6)
"For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before
in the word of the truth of the gospel;" (Colossians 1:5) Note
the link above: My brief commentary on this subject. Salvation
through a prayer of faith.
the Gospel is Preached in its Fullness
Through mighty signs and wonders by the Spirit of God, from Jerusalem
and round about, I have preached fully (the gospel in its full measure)
the Gospel of Christ. (Romans 15:19) When
Fully Preached there are Signs Attesting its Truth.
God can and will manifest His power to bless in order to demonstrate
His power! "For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also
in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what
manner of men we were among you for your sake." (1 Thessalonians 1:5)
Gospel Age (Age of Grace) is the Season of The Lord's Favor
church age has been called the age of Grace, the year of the Lord's
favor, or the acceptable year of the Lord. (Read Isaiah Chapter 61,
the portions the Jesus quoted in
Luke Chapter 4.)
In a quickly approaching future time, the night will come. It will be
a time of great vexation, when no man can work. The time is coming
for the earth to be purified and judged. This promised, prophetic time
will see "a thorough purging of the threshing floor with fire.
(a figurative picture of Jesus spoken by John the Baptist, (Matthew
chapter 3:12 and Luke Chapter 3:17.) The day of the free access to Christ's
forgiveness of sins is a window of opportunity will expire. We do not
know what tomorrow will bring. We may have no tomorrow, as the
evangelist Billy Graham expressed so strongly in all of his appeals.
is a certainty that there is coming a time of wrath and judgment
upon those who have not believed or received the word of Gospel.
"In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and
that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:" (2 Thessalonians
1:8) "Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves,
but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto
you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost
sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into."
(1 Peter 1:12) The Gospel Begins in Simplicity The Gospel begins
simply in its scope as a simple seed of promise, but deepens and grows
as the mustard seed of the parable into a great size; into greater
and greater revelation and spiritual wisdom of Christ.
"But the word of the Lord endures for ever.
And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you." (1 Pet
1:25) "Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to
my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ -" (Romans 16:25)
As long as any disciple lives and grows in the knowledge of Christ
he or she will never exhaust the fullness of its splendor, or the greatness
of its wisdom. We are as the apostle says, looking in a foggy or cloudy
mirror. But some day that mirror will be clear