Study- The Kingdom of God: Introduction

THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD  The “gospel” and the “kingdom of God” are NOT two distinct and separate subjects! The “gospel” message is the message of “the Kingdom of God”!

  1. THE GOSPEL “MESSAGE” IS NOT JUST ABOUT JESUS CHRIST OR JUST ABOUT “GETTING SAVED”.
  • The KINGDOM GOSPEL: There are 5 references speaking of the “gospel” as being “the gospel of the kingdom

o   Matt 4:23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people.

o   Matt 9:35 Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.

o   Matt 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.

o   Mark 1:14 Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,

o   Luke 4:43-44 He said to them, “I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, because for this purpose I have been sent.” And He was preaching in the synagogues of Galilee.

  1. According to some counts there are upwards of 154 statements in the New Testament directly or indirectly referencing the Kingdom of God
  • o   55 verses in Matthew
  • o   19 verses in Mark
  • o   44 verses in Luke
  • o   33 verses in the Acts, Epistles, and Revelation
  • o   Just 3 verses in John
  1. There are 16 references speaking of the “gospel” that speak of the “gospel” as being of a the “King” of the “kingdom”:
  • o   Mark 1:1  “gospel of Jesus Christ”
  • o   Acts 20-24 “the gospel of the grace of God”
  • o   Romans 1:1; 15:16 “gospel of God”
  • o   Romans 1:9 “gospel of His Son”
  • o   2 Cor 4:4 “gospel of the glory of Christ”
  • o   10 verses by Paul referencing “the gospel of Christ”

Just 2 verses reference the “gospel” without a direct mention of its “king” or His “Kingdom”

  • o   Romans 10:15, Eph 6:15 “gospel of peace”
  • o   Rev 14:6 referencing the “everlasting gospel

Very interesting is that JUST 1 VERSE makes a direct connection between “gospel” and “salvation”

o   Ephesians 1:13 “gospel of your salvation”

  • THE GOSPEL: There are 97 verses in which the word “gospel” is used

o   2 verses warning of a “different gospel”

  • 2 Cor 11:4 For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted—you may well put up with it!
  • Gal 1:6 I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel,
  1. As followers of Jesus Christ, we need to know that “gospel” message is “THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD”!

o   WHAT IS A “KINGDOM”?

  • A “kingdom” is defined as a country, a state, or a territory that is ruled by a king or a queen.
  • A “kingdom” is a realm that is associated with or regarded as being under the reign or under the control of a particular PERSON or THING.
  • A “kingdom” is a domain a principality over which someone has in dominion (Ephesians 6:12).

o   WHAT IS THE “KINGDOM OF GOD”?

  • The Kingdom of God is not a “place”.
  • The Kingdom of God is a realm over which God rules.
  • It is the domain over which God has dominion is the supreme authority.
  • The Kingdom of Heaven is a kingdom from heaven, not a kingdom in
  • As God reigns supreme in heaven, so does He reign over His kingdom.
  • Heaven is the locus of His authority – the point from which He rules the universe. The words “of heaven” then are referring to the origin of this Kingdom.
  • Heaven is the place from which the Kingdom is coming, not a destination to which we are going.

o   WHERE IS THE “KINGDOM OF GOD”?

  • The “Kingdom of God” always has existed…
  • The “Kingdom of God” was foretold as a “coming” kingdom…
  • The “Kingdom of God” is “at hand”…in other words the Kingdom of God came with the advent of Jesus Christ.
  • The “Kingdom of God” is not “here” or “there” as being someplace on a map, as in a “place” that is sought and found. The “Kingdom of God” is the Divine Presence of Jesus Christ!.
  • Luke 17:20-21 Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; “nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is in your midst.”
  • In this passage, entos (the Greek word that is translated “within”) can also be translated “in the midst of” (Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words). The New American Standard Bible, the New International Version, the Modern King James Version and Green’s Literal Translation translate this phrase “in your midst.” In this sense, Jesus, the King of the coming Kingdom of God, was standing in the midst of the Pharisees. These translations are clearly better, for the Kingdom of God was not in the hearts of these Pharisees. Thus the “Kingdom of God” is the presence of the Divine, namely Jesus Christ.

o   Thus when Jesus Christ “abides in you”, then the Kingdom of God is “within you”.

  • (John 15:4-8) “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. “If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. “By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.

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