The Gospel and the Kingdom of God

in Throughout each year, I am always reflecting on some of the main reasons we should want to share the Gospel. The first question is how we define the narrative or storyline of the Bible. I know there are many themes of the Bible. Hence, perhaps it can’t be reduced to one thing.  Here is what I see Christians have been saying about the main message of the Bible for a long time. It can be explained as:

  • God’s love for humanity
  • Salvation: “Getting saved” and going to heaven or hell
  • Redemption
  • Forgiveness
  • “Getting Right with God”
  • God’s relationship with the world
  • Good and Evil

While it is quote common to hear these, one of the main themes of the Bible is the reign of God. We see the following:

  • Act One:  We See God Creates His Kingdom
  • Act Two: There is rebellion in God’s Kingdom
  • Act Three:  There is the promise of the restoration of  the Kingdom: Israel’s Mission
  • Act Four:  The Kingdom  is Restored and Inaugurated: Jesus’ Mission
  • Act Five:  The Kingdom Tasted and Displayed: Church’s Mission
  • In between Act 5 and Act 6, we see:

–The Church Begins Its Mission to Israel and the Nations

– The Church Continues Its Mission to Israel and the Nations

  • Act Six: We see the Consummation of God’s Kingdom

The way I see it, until Act Six which is the Consummation of God’s Kingdom, we give people a foretaste of the reign of God now in our relationships with others. Thus, we are agents of deliverance and redemption wherever we are! This may be the market place, in specific industries, or in specific areas God has called us to!

Jesus is God’s agent to inaugurate the reign of God:

The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1:15).

Jesus linked his miracles and exorcisms to the proclamation of the Kingdom of God: “But if it is by the finger of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you” (Luke 11:20).

“And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read.  And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written,  “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,  because he has anointed me  to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives  and recovering of sight to the blind,  to set at liberty those who are oppressed,  to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”- Luke 4: 18-19

Why Should We Want to Share the Message of the Reign of God?

If we look at this text in Luke 4, Jesus came to set people in his own time free from captivity.  Of course, in that day people were captive to not only sin but demonic oppression and illness.  It is evident that Jesus did inaugurate the kingdom of God. However, he didn’t do this physically but spiritually. Thus, Jesus spoke of a mystery form of the kingdom (Matt. 13:11) that is taking place between His first and Second Coming. Jesus now offers an invisible, spiritual reign through a new birth to both Jew and Gentile that will last throughout eternity (John 3:3-7; 18:36; Luke 17:20-21). So I think that we need to be motivated to share the message of the Kingdom because:

  • We need to see ourselves as ministers of reconciliation
  • The love of Christ controls us
  • God reaches most people by the means of a messenger
  • Jesus commands us to make disciples
  • The Holy Spirit is with us and wants to help us/empower us to share our faith
  • We obey God and leave the results to Him!
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