This not the Gospel of Salvation or the Gospel of Redemption that happened at Calvary. They are a part of it. It is the totality of what God has done for you now and has prepared for you in eternity and what He is doing to help you get there giving you the best possible preparation for living with Him in eternity.
Jesus went around preaching The Gospel of The Kingdom and doing good works (Mat 4:23,24) so these two things are central to any ministry that states they follow Jesus. If they are not preaching, teaching and demonstrating the The Kingdom of God they are not doing the ministry of Jesus (Mark 16:17-17).
Central to Salvation is the Lordship of Jesus in the life of His follower and the requirements of their being acitizen of The Kingdom of God. Any follower of Jesus deliberately not representing and expressing The Kingdom of God or at least trying too are not really following Jesus and may not be saved.
The Kingdom is expressed through your obedience to Jesus.
Central to deliverance from the effects of the kingdom of darkness on a follower of Jesus is the Lordship of Jesus and the placing all things you are steward of (including yourself) under His authority (His Kingdom) and control for Him to use and protect. There is no complete deliverance from the kingdom of darkness if Jesus is not Lord of every area of your life.
What is the Gospel of The Kingdom
And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.
The word ‘Gospel’ literally means “good news” so the Gospel of the Kingdom is literally the good news of The Kingdom. In other words something that is really worth being joyful over and excited about. In the context of the Kingdom of God it means our acceptance by God as a citizen of His Kingdom resulting from our faith in who Jesus is, accepting what He has taught and done, what He has promised and includes all the benefits and responsibilities that result from this relationship of which a major responsibility is doing what He said..
If we do not preach the Kingdom of God we do not preach what Jesus preached (Matt 4:23). If we do not demonstrate it by our life in some way (even if it is only seen gy Jesus) then we are not His Citizen.
The Gospel of The Kingdom involves:
Salvation (deliverance) from the authority of the kingdom of darkness,
Redemption from the penalty for our sins against God
Healing and deliverance from the effects the kingdom of darkness on us,
A personal relationship with Jesus and The Father as a citizen of His Kingdom.
A personal relationship with The Holy Spirit as well as His personal guidance,
Eternal life resulting from the relationship with Jesus and The Father (John 17:3).
The privilege of serving Jesus as citizen of His Kingdom.
The privilege of living forever with them in heaven
If we preach only the Gospel of Salvation or the Gospel of Redemption then we do not preach all of the above. We only preach about the entrance to The Kingdom or redemption from the penalty of our sins and not all that Jesus preached. It is preaching teaching and demonstrating the authority of The Kingdom of God over Satan and his works, like Jesus did, which marks people as belonging to The Kingdom of God and which attracted people to the Christian faith of the early church.
It is the demonstrating the power and authority of The kingdom of God over the works of Satan (sickness, demonic oppression, spiritual death etc.) that draws people to Jesus and His Kingdom and demonstrates how superior it is to Satan’s kingdom.
What replaces the things of The Kingdom in most churches these days
Healing (the body), is replaced by Medicine,
Deliverance (healing the wounded spirit and the soul), is replaced by counselling and psychiatry/psychology. Jesus can still use these for His purposes showing His Glory through miraculous healings when doctors cannot heal through them recording the illness so the healing is documented. He can also use the illness itself to draw you close to Him.
The relationship of salvation through Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, is replaced by inviting Jesus into your heart or other ritual without a commitment to make Him Lord (so He can be Saviour). When Jesus is your Lord, He is your King and you are a part of His Kingdom and so are ‘saved’.
The Kingdom, is replaced by the denomination/church/parachurch organisation,
The guidance of The Spirit, is replaced by the guidance of denominational rules, reason, theology, church policy and worldly ways of doing things.
Teaching about what the Bible says is replaced by discussing what words say so that the overall principle to apply is often lost and the meaning of words becomes more important than their application. As a result words or verses are left out of modern bibles changing doctrine because reasoned scholarship says these words are not part of The Bible.
In Bible versions the reasoning of editors replaces the guidance of The Spirit so that they are no longer scripture because only scripture is inspired by God and it the editors listened to The Spirit they would not make changes that alters doctrine and imply Jesus sinned.
Scriptural accuracy is replaced by reasoned scholarship so The Holy Spirit led commentary is replaced by the reasoned theology of men. Theology is theoretical and not practical and as theology has been given prominence the practice of Christianity has declined. As a result society has become ungodly as well as morally corrupt.
Knowledge is taught and not the practical application of this knowledge and the more you know the more ‘spiritual’ you are suppose to be.
The Body of Christ consisting of all believers united by The Holy Spirit is replaced by denominations or church congregation, which by their very establishment divide the Body of Christ. Jesus does not recognise denominations or church congregations and recognises only The Body of believers.
The Laws of the land override the laws of God so that many Christians do not complain when legislation contrary to the laws of God is passed by government bodies.
People are not trained to do the work of The Kingdom and you are only allowed to do t his work if you are recognised as qualified by the denomination, which really prepares you to do the work of the denomination (which is preserving itself and justifying its existence) and not the work of The Kingdom.
The Gospel of The Kingdom deals with the whole person
It deals with the whole person (Body, Mind, Soul, Spirit etc.), and how these various parts interact. These parts all affect each other and the Gospel of The Kingdom is designed to heal all parts of the person so that one part is not left damaged to affect the other parts that are healed.
Satan realizes that the Gospel of The Kingdom of God restores the whole person so his followers are taught the importance of this holistic approach to life by their demon guides as the demons have also realized the importance of holistic living except that Jesus is left out as the true source of these things and Satan or a goddess of nature replaces him as the source of these things.
You must deal with the total person: body, soul and mind - the physical, spiritual and mental, not just the spiritual side of a person because these different parts of a person are so interrelated that all parts suffer if one part suffers.
(Paul describes the body of Christ in similar terms and describes it in a similar to how our body works (1 Cor 12:26). That all suffer is one part of the Christian body is not in place.)
The ultimate deception of Satan in regard to the Gospel is to have people concentrate on the Gospel of Redemption so that only the consequences of sin are dealt with. Satan hides the Gospel of The Kingdom, which deals with the total freedom of the person from the total ravages of sin and the effects of the kingdom of Satan on them.
No wonder the organised church is physically sick, mentally ill and declining. It is because they only focus on salvation and the spiritual effects of The Cross. Few have anything to offer that deals with the physical ravages of Satan on people such as disease and mental problems.
They also do not teach a personal Holy Spirit or the manifestation of His Gifts and reject doing deliverance from the effects of Satan on a person so that people do not demonstrate the work of The Kingdom
Satan has blinded the church to the demonic cause behind these things so that reason only is used to deal with these things and not the Authority of Jesus that He has given us to deal with the demons causing these things (Eph. 6:12, Mark 16:17).
He has blinded the church also to a Personal, Holy Spirit so that they no longer listen to Him in a personal relationship and demonstrate the gifts He has given them personally.
The Gospel of The Kingdom and its total approach means we need to look after our mind and body as well as our spirit as they relate to our total being: mind, body, soul, spirit, personality, heart.
The ministry of Jesus
The ministry of Jesus is our example of what a worker of The Kingdom should be doing.
At the very beginning of His public ministry, Jesus read the following from the book of Isaiah (Ch 61:1-2) in Luke 4:17-19
“And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,
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, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.”
He spent three years teaching The Kingdom of God, demonstrating it, preaching it and training people to follow in His steps. The Gospel of the Kingdom was so much a part of His teaching that He did not need to tell His disciples to proclaim it when He ascended into heaven. Jesus gave what is called The Great Commission, and in this, the Gospel of the Kingdom is not mentioned. It was not needed to be mentioned as it was so fundamental to all He preached and is the basis for the Great Commission.
What He told them to do after He left was actually the way to demonstrate The Kingdom of God!
The object of the Great Commission was to go out and reconcile people to Jesus, his Kingdom, His peace and His wholeness and to teach them how to live as Jesus desires them to live and how to war against Satan to do these things. To evangelise to just to save souls misses the whole point of this commission and salvation.
It is to be noted that Paul did not just teach the Gospel of salvation but the Gospel of The Kingdom . This fact was the last thing mentioned about Paul and was mentioned about him just before he was martyred so God used it to summarise His life (Acts 28:31). In fact they are the closing comments of Acts as if to summarise the book of Acts.
Acts 28:30-31 And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him, Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.
The Great Commission
In summary, Jesus said to His apostles just before He ascended into heaven:
Mat 28: 18-20 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.
Mark 16:16-19 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
Luke 24: 46-47 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
As you can see each of the writers gives a different twist to the Commission, which if summarized would look like this:
“All power (authority) is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you
And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in My name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
And these signs shall follow them that believe;
In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
They shall take up serpents;
and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them;
they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover and,
lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.”
Does Mark 16:15-18 apply only to the apostles?
Luke 9: 1-6 Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick. And he said unto them, Take nothing for your journey, neither staves, nor scrip, neither bread, neither money; neither have two coats apiece. And whatsoever house ye enter into, there abide, and thence depart. And whosoever will not receive you, when ye go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet for a testimony against them. And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing every where.
10 And the apostles, when they were returned, told him all that they had done. And he took them, and went aside privately into a desert place belonging to the city called Bethsaida.
The short answer is No! These were said to disciples originally and the first twelve returned as apostles but the next 70 mentioned were still called disciples when they returned from their ministry trip:
Luk 10:1 After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.
Luk 10:17 And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.
Before you can minister you have to be authorised and the disciples were authorised by Jesus at the beginning of their ministry. He had trained them and now was sending them out to put into practice what they had been taught.
What Gospel were they to preach?
The Gospel of The Kingdom.
How were they to evidence this?
By healing the sick and casting out demons.
What were they to take?
Very Little because they had been taught Mat 6:33, that God would provide all they needed as they ministered and now God was to show this to them. They could not preach what they did not live.
So when Jesus spoke in Mark 16:15-18 He was not authorizing the apostles as they had already been authorised. He was authorizing His followers.
Note that Jesus did not preach Redemption or Salvation so to preach these alone is not doing what Jesus prioritised in His ministry. He taught The Kingdom and that salvation was a relationship with God and not just a legal activity.
The going into all nations
Acts 8: 3-4 As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison. Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.
The church had been told to go to all nations but stayed in Jerusalem. God organised it so that they had to obey Him or die and so were scattered abroad.
Most Christians do not go into their neighbourhood and proclaim the Gospel let alone other nations. Or, they will go overseas and evangelise but do not go into their neighbourhood. God will have to scatter them through persecution so that they go into their neighbourhood, and witness to The Kingdom even if only by the example of their lives.
We are to start in our neighbourhood, which the Apostles had done before Jesus Died, and we are to expand outwards, which Jesus was now telling them to do (Acts 1:8). So the church must be evangelising its neighbourhood before it can go into surrounding areas and eventually overseas or it is not following the pattern Jesus gave it.
The Importance of People to Jesus
People are the most important thing to Jesus along with their maturing and development, which He nurtures in the way they let Him to the degree the allow Him.
Many people are lost to Him and His Kingdom and are under the control of His enemy with the subsequent result of their ending up in hell, the prison of his enemy. This is because many of the churches seems to be a social club ignoring the lost and the last order Jesus gave to His followers.
The churches are to give hope to the people in Satan’s kingdom and not just ignore them or avoid them.
This last order of Jesus is a result of His ‘Law of Love’ as anyone who loves Jesus will love these lost people in the way He does and will desire to set them free as He does and so will willingly carry out His final commission, not from fear or obedience but from Love for Him and His lost people.
How callous is the Christian who has been saved from hell and ignores those around them who are going to hell. How can they call themself Christian when they ignore the purpose Jesus came for (1 Tim 1:15) and do not show His Love to all those around them who are going to hell.
The Power of The Kingdom
Paul said that the Kingdom did not come through reasoned words but in demonstration of its Power!
1Co 2:4-5 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
What did he mean?
As The Kingdom is demonstrated by its defeating Satan and his plans The authority (power) of The Kingdom is shown to all, both in heaven, hell and earth. The people of Satan can preach better than Christians so words alone are not sufficient to show the lies in those who peach the values of Satan.
The Kingdom is also shown as we show His Love towards others and minister to them as we obey the command to love others as God Loves us (Jn 13:34-35). It is especially shown when we love those who persecute us and do not retaliate back but show God’s quality of love toward them.
Satan cannot love or teach his followers to love in the way God does so this is an important mark of a Citizen of The Kingdom, especially the forgiving of those that oppress them.
Love is the attitude in which God shows His power! Unless we Love in the way He does we will not show His power and any ministry not based on God’ Love will fail. God is Love and all He does is out of this Love so we must also do as He does and do all in His quality of love or it is not of Him but of His enemy the devil.
This is why seeking wisdom or power for its own sake will never succeed as it is done in our own strength and not that of God! It is the Power (authority) of God working in us and through us as His Love works through us that demonstrates the Kingdom of God in all its fullness!
It is this demonstration of The Kingdom that attracts people to Jesus! So while the church does not demonstrate the Love of Jesus and the Authority of Jesus it can never successfully complete the ‘Great Commission. I repeat:
1 Cor 2:4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:
Jesus was an evangelist!
Jesus proclaimed the Kingdom and demonstrated it in power and might. His message was:
(Mat 3:2) And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
(Mar 1:15) And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.
How are we to repent?
(Act 2:38) Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
(Act 3:19) Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;
(Act 8:22) Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.
(Act 26:20) But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.
The church does not usually preach this. It preaches The Cross and the need to invite Jesus into your heart.
Jesus preached that salvation was a continuing relationship with God (Jn 17:3) and not a once only invitation of Him into your heart (who you are as a person, the core of your being). He also preached we are citizens of The Kingdom of God as a result of salvation and not of local church or denominational membership.
Evangelism must preach the remission of sins by God and repentance from (rejection of) what the world offers us and that because of what Jesus did we can now enter into a personal relationship with Jesus and The Father that makes us citizens of The Kingdom of God. This results in eternal life. Our life must show this has happened by a change in direction in our focus from the things of the world to the things of God as well as reflecting the Character of God (His Love and it’s expression) in all we do.
In Summary we are to preach (and teach) to them
The Kingdom of heaven has come to them and
Because of what Jesus did at Calvary the barriers between God and they were removed through redemption (our sins being remitted and not just forgiven) and that they can now enter into a personal relationship with the Father and Jesus with The Holy Spirit in them to guide them.
They must repent, in other words, turn their back on what Satan offers them from his kingdom of darkness and turn towards that which Jesus offers them from His Kingdom. They are also to be baptized to identify yourselves with the Kingdom of God.
Their lives should then be one of obedience to Jesus, showing forth the Kingdom of God in all the things they do and by the way they do them.
If Jesus is not Lord of their life they can lose their salvation (Rev 3:5) and they will not demonstrate the Kingdom as they should.
What is the purpose of Evangelism?
1 Jn 1: 3-4 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.
The purpose of evangelism is to reconcile people to God so they can have fellowship with God and His citizens now on earth and later in heaven and that their Joy will be complete in this life and in the next life.
Why has the world not been reached yet?
Most churches preach the Gospel of Salvation only and not the Gospel of The Kingdom, so that the power and authority of Christ are not demonstrated and seen on earth. Instead of The Power and Authority of Jesus we see a confessing of faith intellectually and following a set of rules (and not being led by The Holy Spirit) or the learning of theology, rather than seeing a demonstration of The Kingdom life. This results in the casual observer of Christianity seeing it as being no different from any other cult or religion.
The other reason is that most people show their Christianity in private and no longer go out into the world and show Jesus through what they do, so that the church is like a mystery cult because those outside it have no idea what its purpose is or what happens in it because they see little difference between them and Christians in the public arena..
Where the Gospel of The Kingdom is preached outside the church the churches are growing. Where only the Gospel of Salvation alone is preached they are dying or barely maintaining numbers.
It is the power of Jesus working through the life of a Christian that sets them apart from other religions and cults and attracts people to Jesus in such a way that they will consider and accept what He taught. The authority of The kingdom is not visible in the lives of most Christians and so people do not consider Christianity as being any different to other religions. This makes it very easy to drop in and out of Christianity, as happens so often these days. It makes it easier to join other faiths such as Mormonism, Jehovah Witnesses and Hindus etc., in common worship services as they do not see these fellowships pollutes The Kingdom. They cannot be a part of The Kingdom of God and fellowship with other faiths that do not believe in The Kingdom.
It also makes it easier for Satan to build his one world religious system of all belief systems including liberal Christians in preparation for Anti-Christ and his government. Then Satan will have a government system and an associated religious system to go with it.
It is the responsibility of every mature Christian in whom Jesus is Lord and Saviour to preach this Gospel of the Kingdom and to show the delegated authority of Jesus over Satan through the demonstration of the authority and power of The Kingdom of God. If you are not doing this, then it is your responsibility to learn how to do this. You should still be able to give every person a reason for your faith and hope in Jesus and His Kingdom. If you cannot do this then perhaps you do not understand what salvation is and may not be saved.
The Things of God
A Citizen of The Kingdom of God is steward of the things of God of which The Gospel of The Kingdom is part of.
So they need to care for it in the way Jesus desires it to be cared for and to express it according to His Will.
He says we are to tell others about it and a good steward will be doing this. This is an act of obedience to Jesus and not to do it, when we know this, is sin
The Business of God on earth is restoring people to a relationship with Him and by this saving people from hell and maintaining them once they are saved. By this He expands His Kingdom. He uses people to teach those who are prepared to hear the things of God how to accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour. He uses mature Christians who have been prepared by The Holy Spirit and who are willing to teach others about The kingdom as well as demonstrate it as they teach and preach it. He then has these new followers trained to go out and do His work so they will reach and train others for Him. It is the pattern Jesus used and which Paul also used (2 Tim 2:2).
An overview of how it all fits together
All are redeemed (our defilement of sin and spiritual punishment for our wrongs against God and man were removed by the death of Jesus at Calvary) when Christ died for all not just those that would accept Him as Lord and Saviour.
Salvation, however, is a result of faith in whom Jesus is, what He has done for us, and has promised for us and results in our being transferred from Satan’s kingdom to God’s Kingdom and also being placed in a in a position to have a relationship with God.
This is a result of God’s Grace (Love) as we did not know we needed salvation and redemption and were not able to do this anyway.
As a result of this salvation we are righteous (in a correct relationship with Him) set apart by God as His (Sanctified) and given The Holy Spirit to mark us as being His property.
We worship God out of Love and Gratitude and separate ourselves from the things of Satan’s kingdom to those of Jesus (holiness).
Jesus must be Lord (our King) if we belong to His kingdom otherwise He cannot be our Saviour.
We must maintain our obedience to maintain the relationship we have with The Father and Jesus as this is what Salvation is, a personal relationship with The Father and Jesus guided by The Holy Spirit.
What is the Christian Life?
An overview of how it all fits together
The Christian Life is the expression of our relationship with God as a citizen of His Kingdom. Everything else, including our service as a citizen of His Kingdom is a result of this relationship correctly carried out.
Our God-given Christian life is the expression of our love and obedience based on love for appreciation of and thanksgiving to God for what He has done for us and is not out of compulsion or fear of God’s punishment. (Although you must admit avoiding hell is a good incentive program).
It is a life of voluntary obedience and loving service to God as the Christian realises that God’s nature is Love and that all God does for a Christian is a result of this love and is best for the Christian and they grateful to God for what He has done for them to allow them to be citizens of His Kingdom.
I cannot offer God anything except my Will for Him to use as He Wills and it is as I obey His desires for me that I bring Him Glory, worship and Honour and fulfil my purpose in life!
Evangelism is a form of worship that brings Glory and Honour to Jesus bring people into The Kingdom by rescuing them from Satan’s kingdom and not an exercise to boost church numbers. The sooner the church changes its attitude to evangelism the sooner it will be restored as a force in the world. The sooner it preached the whole Gospel of The Kingdom and not just the Gospel of Salvation the sooner it will do what Jesus desires it to do and prosper in the way He desires to prosper it.
This will happen in the revivals of the last days that are coming soon.
The Wonder of it all
God did not need to make us - He is complete in Himself.
The wonder of it all is that knowing what was going to happen He still made us! He did not made us for His sake, but for ours so we could relate to Him and experience His Love and Grace as well as all the Joys He had in store for us in eternity.
The Christian life is a continual expression of God’s Love and Grace: to us and through us to others and this is how it should be approached. To approach it any other way is to doubt God’s Love and thus His salvation, Grace and Mercy.