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The Kingdom and Gospel of our Lord, part 13…

 The Kingdom and Gospel of our Lord, part 13…

There is no gospel without the kingdom. A bold statement, for sure; but the gospel message begins with the kingdom – not His death. Hebrews 2:3 says, “how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? After it was at the first spoken through the Lord, it was confirmed to us by those who heard,”

Talk about bold language, take a look at this: 1Ti 6:3 “If anyone advocates a different doctrine, and does not agree with sound words, those of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the doctrine conforming to godliness, 4 he is conceited [and] understands nothing; but he has a morbid interest in controversial questions and disputes about words, out of which arise envy, strife, abusive language, evil suspicions, 5 and constant friction between men of depraved mind and deprived of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain.”

It behooves us to observe the Lord’s “good news” – His very words and witness. Consider:

Mt 4:17 “From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” And, in verse 23, His message is “gospel of the kingdom.” Mt 4:23 ¶ “And [Jesus] was going about in all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness among the people.” His death is not mentioned until chapter 16.

Let’s look at some more:

Mr 1:1 Ҧ The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

Mr 1:14 And after John had been taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

Lu 4:43 But He said to them, “I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, for I was sent for this purpose. Why preach to cities? In short, to announce the Good News of a Coming Government upon the shoulders of the very Son of God.

The Good News of the coming Kingdom of God must be received and believed, after one (or a whole city, i.e. Nineveh) has repented. Matthew 13 calls this Gospel like a “seed” – a new beginning – upon four kinds of soil.

For today, let us contemplate, meditate upon, and receive the following in the light of the above references:

Lu 6:46 “And why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? 47 “Everyone who comes to Me, and hears My words, and acts upon them, I will show you whom he is like: 48 he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid a foundation upon the rock; and when a flood rose, the torrent burst against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. 49But the one who has heard, and has not acted [accordingly,] is like a man who built a house upon the ground without any foundation; and the torrent burst against it and immediately it collapsed, and the ruin of that house was great.” (NASB)

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November 16, 2011 - Posted by | Learning to read - accurately, Pages from my journal, Precepts you must understand, salvation in the 7th Day, The Kingdom and Gospel of our Lord | , , , , , ,

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