The Gospel of the Kingdom
The preaching of Jesus Christ and
His forerunner, John the Baptist, had a common theme: calling the people to
repent and accept the kingdom
of God (Mt 3:1-2; Mk
1:15; Lk 4:43). To make this message
known to all, Jesus went through towns and villages, teaching in the synagogues
and preaching to the crowds. Knowing the importance of His mission, the Lord
Jesus reminded His disciples that the Gospel of the kingdom would be preached
throughout the whole world before the end would come (Mt 24:14). The Gospel of the kingdom of God
is therefore a message for all nations.
A. The Reality
Some argue that the kingdom of God is a figment of the imagination or a
myth which cannot be authenticated but some justification of the reality of
this "kingdom" follows:
Testimony of the Bible
Although the kingdom of God
is not visible to the human eye, the Bible, written through the inspiration of
God's spirit, testifies to the reality of a homeland (Heb 4:9-11).
One may ask, "why should we
accept the words of the Bible?" The answer is that "no prophecy of
scripture is a matter of one's own interpretation, because no prophecy ever
came by the impulse of man, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from
God" (II Pet 1:20-21). The Bible
contains the words of God, written by men through the inspiration of God (II
Testimony of lie Lord Jesus
The Lord Jesus Himself spoke of
the reality of the kingdom
of God to Nicodemus,
"Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to
what we have seen… No one has ascended into heaven but he who descended from
heaven, the Son of %Ian" (Jn 3:11-13).
(3)Testimony of the Holy Spirit
Through prayers, an essential part
of a Christian's life, we communicate with our Heavenly Father and receive the
infilling of the Holy Spirit that testifies that both God and His kingdom do
The Lord Jesus told us that
"the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he
will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I have said
to you" (Jn 14:26).
Although the human eye cannot see
the kingdom of God, "God has revealed to us
through the Spirit. For the Spirit
searches everything, even the depths of God" (I Cor 2:10).
The apostle Paul was caught up to
the third Heaven into paradise and heard things that could not be told (II Cor
12:2-4). Because of this deep spiritual
experience, he later expressed his yearning when he said that he was hard
pressed between life and death in the flesh, and concluded that his desire was
to depart and be with Christ, which would be far better (Phil 1:23).
The kingdom of God
is described by the apostle Peter as an inheritance which is imperishable,
undefiled, and unfading (I Pet 1:4). it is also a kingdom that cannot be
shaken" (Heb 12:28) and "a better possession and an abiding one"
In the kingdom of God
"death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain
any more, for the former things have passed away" (Rev 21:4-5). The inhabitants of this kingdom "shall
hunger no more, neither thirst any more; the sun shall not strike them: nor any
scorching heat: (Rev 7:16) and "night shall be no more; they need no light
of lamp or sun, for the Lord will be their light, and they shall reign forever
and ever" (Rev 22:5).
We shall also be able to see God
as He is (I Jn 3:2; I Tim 6:15-16), and He will change our "lowly body to
be like His glorious body, by the power which enables Him even to subject all
things to Himself" (Phil 3:21).
C.Steps to Salvation
(1)To Believe in the Lord Jesus
Jesus said,"I am the way, and
the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me" (Jn
14:6). He has prepared a place for us
(Jn 14:3) and only through Him can we receive salvation and enter His Kingdom.
When confronted with the question
"what must I do to be saved?", the apostle Paul replied,
"Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved" (Acts
16:30-31). The apostle Peter also
acknowledged the Lord Jesus as the only path to salvation when he said that
"there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under
heaven given among men by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:12).
(2)Water Baptism and the Baptism
of the Holy Spirit
The Lord Jesus told Nicodemus that
unless he was born anew, he could not see the kingdom of God. Surprised, Nicodemus asked, "How can a
man be born when he is old? Can he enter
a second time into his mother's womb and be born?" The Lord Jesus
answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the
Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom
of God" (Jn
3:1-5). This reply is applicable for
everyone today. If we aspire to enter
the kingdom of God, we must be reborn through water and the Holy Spirit.
Baptism is not an outward
formalistic declaration that one's sins are forgiven but a substantive, inward
spiritual regeneration whereby a person's sins are forgiven. The kingdom of God
is meant for those who have been sanctified.
It is clearly stated that "nothing unclean can enter it" (Rev
21:27). Only those who have washed their
robes have the right to the tree of life and may enter the city by the gates
(Rev 22:14-15). Therefore, to be worthy to enter the kingdom of God,
one must first be cleansed through water baptism (Mk 16:16).
Amidst all changes, only the
Almighty God and His universal message of salvation will remain unchanged. Amidst all the problems and sorrows which
confront the human race, only the wonder of God in the Holy Bible provides true
and eternal answers. As the prophet
Isaiah declared in the ancient
Seek the Lord while lie may be
Call upon Him while He is
near. (Is 55:6)
Holy Spirit Monthly.
"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and
today and forever. (Heb 13.8)
Everything is changing around
us. Our moods change from day to day and
our attitude towards something may change easily too. After we promised the Lord Jesus that we will
not break His commandments again, the very next moment we have broken our
promises. Silt the Lord Jesus will never
change. His love, mercy and tender care for us will not change with time. If we repent sincerely, He will forgive us.
We are faithless but the merciful Lord will always be faithful. He will never break His Word as recorded in
the Holy Bible. He will come again, as
He has declared, to take us with to the heavenly kingdom. How great is our Lord! Let us all worship Him in spirit and in