Gospel of the Kingdom—Part 2 takes from Matthew 10 giving us the commissioning words Jesus spoke to His Twelve disciples when He sent out the 12 apostles. When Jesus sent them out, He gave them authority “over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every sickness” (Mt 10:1).
With that, He gave them specific instructions answering who, what, where, why and how for their itinerant teaching mission and signs and wonders ministry. He concluded with a statement of the dire consequences in store for anyone who doesn’t welcome His servants or listen to the gospel of the kingdom. As we read this, we see how it is in kingdom work. As we ponder it, we find applications in our own lives. It is the gospel of the kingdom.
Matthew 10:1 He called to himself his twelve disciples, and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every sickness. 2 Now the names of the twelve emissaries/apostles are these. The first, Simon, who is called Peter; Andrew, his brother; Jacob the son of Zebedee; Yochanan, his brother; 3 Philip; Bartholomew; Thomas; Matthew the tax collector; Jacob the son of Halfai; Labbai, who was also called* Taddai; 4 Simon the Zealot; and Judah Iscariot, who also betrayed him.
Jesus sent the twelve apostles out with these instructions.
Matthew 10:5 Yeshua sent these twelve out and commanded them, saying,
“Don’t go among the Gentiles, and don’t enter into any city of the Samaritans. 6 Rather, go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7 As you go, proclaim, saying, ‘The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!’ 8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers,† and cast out demons. Freely you received, so freely give. 9 Don’t take any gold, silver, or brass in your money belts. 10 Take no bag for your journey, neither two coats, nor sandals, nor staff: for the laborer is worthy of his food. 11 Into whatever city or village you enter, find out who in it is worthy, and stay there until you go on. 12 As you enter into the household, greet it. 13 If the household is worthy, let your peace come on it, but if it isn’t worthy, let your peace return to you. 14 Whoever doesn’t receive you or hear your words, as you go out of that house or that city, shake the dust off your feet. 15 Most certainly I tell you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city.
Proclaim “The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!”
The kingdom of heaven and the kingdom of God are synonymous. The Jews had a reverent fear of uttering the name, “God.” So they substituted “heaven” to convey the meaning. Matthew followed this protocol.
Jesus was right there with his 12 disciples when he said preach the kingdom of heaven is a hand. The promised Messiah had come to earth (John 1:1-18; John 1:41). God his Father in heaven had sent him (Jn 3:16). Jesus had obeyed his Father and humbled himself as a man (Php 2:8). Jesus had been baptized with water and the Spirit (Lk 3:22). He walked on earth doing what he told the apostles to go and do– proclaim, saying, ‘The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!
We proclaim the Kingdom of heaven.
Since we believe in Jesus, who bore our sins and shed His blood to make us right with God (Ro 3:21-26), we have been born again, born of the Spirit, born of water and the Spirit, we can see God’s Kingdom and can enter God’s Kingdom. Thus, we believe heavenly things. (John 3:1-15). Our citizenship is in heaven (Php 3:20).
“God has delivered us out of the power of darkness, and translated us into the Kingdom of the Son of his love.”
Col 1:3 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.
Just before he ascended into heaven, Jesus said to the Eleven:
Mark 16:15 “Go into all the world and proclaim the Good News to the whole creation. 16 He who believes and is immersed will be saved; but he who disbelieves will be condemned. 17 These signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new languages; 18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it will in no way hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
19 So then the Lord,§ after he had spoken to them, was received up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. 20 They went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word by the signs that followed. Amen.
Thus, we proclaim the Kingdom of heaven.
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