Gospel of the Kingdom—Introduction. One of the reasons I write is to help us see and live the way Jesus proclaimed in the gospel of God’s Kingdom. God our Father has created us to be to the praise of His glory (Eph 1:12). We can be to God’s glory because God has made us fit for the kingdom by doing what he did and is doing.
Christ Jesus exhorts and encourages His hearers, including us, to see the kingdom, orient our hearts to the kingdom, receive the blessing of the kingdom and do the works of the kingdom.
Jesus brought the gospel of the kingdom of God. He walked on this earth, gave us the example with His life and preached the kingdom from the time he was baptized by John the Baptist and he saw “the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming on him,” until he ascended into heaven.
John the Baptist spoke the following words to the Jews who wanted to get right with God.
11 “I indeed immerse you in water for repentance, but he who comes after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will immerse you in the Holy Spirit. 12 His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will thoroughly cleanse his threshing floor. He will gather his wheat into the barn, but the chaff he will burn up with unquenchable fire.” Matthew 3:11-12 Then Jesus came to him. Then Jesus came to him.
“13 Then Yeshua came from Galilee to the Jordan to Yochanan, to be immersed by him. 14 But Yochanan would have hindered him, saying, “I need to be immersed by you, and you come to me?”
15 But Yeshua, answering, said to him, “Allow it now, for this is the fitting way for us to fulfill all righteousness.”
” 16 Yeshua, when he was immersed, went up directly from the water: and behold, the heavens were opened to him. He saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming on him. 17 Behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:13-16
Jesus summed up the gospel of God’s kingdom in a few words he spoke to Nicodemus.
“Most certainly I tell you, unless one is born anew, he can’t see God’s Kingdom.” John 3:3
“Most certainly I tell you, unless one is born of water and Spirit, he can’t enter into God’s Kingdom.” John 3:5
” That which is born of the flesh is flesh. That which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” John 3:6
There we see the close relationship of Spirit and Kingdom.
“Things which an eye didn’t see, and an ear didn’t hear, which didn’t enter into the heart of man, these God has prepared for those who love him.”✡
10 But to us, God revealed them through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. 11 For who among men knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so, no one knows the things of God except God’s Spirit. 12 But we received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is from God, that we might know the things that were freely given to us by God. 13 We also speak these things, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual things. 14 Now the natural man doesn’t receive the things of God’s Spirit, for they are foolishness to him; and he can’t know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he who is spiritual discerns all things, and he himself is to be judged by no one. 16 “For who has known the mind of the Lord that he should instruct him?” ✡ But we have Messiah’s mind. 1 Corinthians 2:9-15
Our entrance into God’s Kingdom is by the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
At the same time we believed in Jesus, we were born anew, regenerated and translated in the kingdom of God’s Son. God our savior loved us. He saved us by His grace, giving us faith. The Holy Spirit regenerated us by the washing of regeneration and continues to renew us. God shed the washing of regeneration in us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior.
Saved by God’s grace through faith.
1 You were made alive when you were dead in transgressions and sins, 2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the children of disobedience. 3 We also all once lived among them in the lusts of our flesh, doing the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.
4 But God, being rich in mercy, for his great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Messiah—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him, and made us to sit with him in the heavenly places in Messiah Yeshua, 7 that in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Messiah Yeshua; 8 for by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, that no one would boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Messiah Yeshua for good works, which God prepared before that we would walk in them. Ephesians 2:1-10
The washing of regeneration
3For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. 4But after that the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man appeared, 5Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; 6Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; 7That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. 8This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men. Titus 3:3-8 KJV
God translated us into the Kingdom of the Son of his love.
3 We give thanks to God the Father of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, praying always for you, 4 having heard of your faith in Messiah Yeshua and of the love which you have toward all the holy ones, 5 because of the hope which is laid up for you in the heavens, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the Good News 6 which has come to you, even as it is in all the world and is bearing fruit and growing, as it does in you also, since the day you heard and knew the grace of God in truth, 7 even as you learned from Epaphras our beloved fellow servant, who is a faithful servant of Messiah on your‡ behalf, 8 who also declared to us your love in the Spirit.
9 For this cause, we also, since the day we heard this, don’t cease praying and making requests for you, that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 that you may walk worthily of the Lord, to please him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God, 11 strengthened with all power, according to the might of his glory, for all endurance and perseverance with joy, 12 giving thanks to the Father, who made us fit to be partakers of the inheritance of the holy ones in light, 13 who delivered us out of the power of darkness, and translated us into the Kingdom of the Son of his love, 14 in whom we have our redemption, the forgiveness of our sins. Colossians 1:3-14
Editor related posts: Gospel of the Kingdom—Introduction; Gospel of the Kingdom—Part 1; Gospel of the Kingdom—Part 2; Gospel of the Kingdom—Part 3;Gospel of the Kingdom—Part 4; Gospel of the Kingdom—Part 5; Gospel of the Kingdom—Part 6
Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture quoted above is from the World Messianic Bible.