What is the “Gospel of the Kingdom?”

During Jesus’s earthly ministry we are told he came preaching the “gospel of the Kingdom.” How is this Gospel of the Kingdom different from what we all have come to know as the “Gospel?”

The Gospel of the Kingdom

One of our regular readers asked me to comment on this topic, and I think it is a very worthwhile subject. We are told Jesus began his ministry in this way:

Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news (Gospel) of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. (Matt. 4:23)

In fact, in the Gospel of Matthew alone, Jesus referred to “kingdom” 54 times! So what is the Gospel (good news) of the Kingdom and how does it differ from the Gospel of Salvation that we usually refer to? The most explicit chapter in the Bible on “the Gospel” is 1 Cor. 15. There Paul references this Gospel of Salvation which every Christian is familiar:

Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you,which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures. (1 Cor. 15: 1-4)

This is the good news!! Christ died for our sins and rose again. In dying for our sins, Christ took them upon himself and substitutionally gave us his righteousness which will allow us to enter the presence of a Holy and Awesome God.

Unfortunately, most Christians stop reading 1 Cor. 15 right there and think they understand the entire Gospel. Many (if not most) Christians feel this is all they need to know; that faith in Jesus’s substitutional death is their ticket into heaven. Paul, however, corrects this “partial Gospel” thinking just a few verses later:

But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. (1 Cor. 15: 12-14)

So it is the resurrection from that dead that is the greater hope of our faith, not simply “going to heaven.” Paul continues to explain the Gospel’s good news:

But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep . . . But each in turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. (1 Cor. 15: 20, 23-25). 

Paul continues to explain the Gospel by showing the resurrection is not the end, rather it is the beginning of the end. The true “end” comes when Jesus hands over the Kingdom to God the Father. And this won’t happen until he puts down all rebellion and destroys death itself. This process will take 1000 years and that period of time is known as the Millennial Kingdom. Jesus will reign during this kingdom, but the resurrected saints will reign with him as well and share in his work of restoring all things:

And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years.  (Rev. 20: 4)

This then is the Gospel of the Kingdom; the good news that Jesus is returning and will resurrect the saints and they will reign with him over the Kingdom for a thousand years. During that 1000 years, Jesus will conquer every last enemy including death. The Gospel of the Kingdom is about an earthly kingdom, the restoration of Israel with Jesus ruling from Jerusalem, not one set up in heaven.

Contrast With the Gospel of Salvation

Salvation is a critically important facet, but it is just the beginning of the “good news.” In the Book of Joshua, we learn about Joshua leading the Israelites into the promised land. What if Joshua stopped right there after Israel crossed the Jordan without conquering the land? Would that be good news? Well, yes, but it would only be partial good news. The same is true of our salvation. It is great news but it is only the beginning of the restoration of all things that Jesus is returning to undertake.

That restoration:

  1. begins with our salvation
  2. extends throughout our lives
  3. continues with our resurrection, and finally
  4. consummates after Jesus subjects all enemies under his feet.

It is a four step process. When we truncate the process and say it ends with our salvation or even with our death, we downplay the good news. The Gospel of the Kingdom is much greater and more complete than that.

1) The Gospel of Salvation

Prior to our salvation we are dead in our sins. When we place our faith in Jesus and his death for us on the cross, we move from the kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of light and life. It is the gift of God, not something of our own doing. Through this process we are made into a new creation:

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Cor. 5:17)

This creation is a new heart of flesh in place of our previous heart of stone:

I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh. (Ezek. 11:19)

2) The Gospel of Sanctification

This heart of “flesh” is indicative of a living heart not a dead one. Into that living heart Jesus places the Holy Spirit. The grace of God that has placed the Spirit within us saves us from our sins. Without the Spirit, we are unable to overcome our sin nature. With the Spirit’s help we can be sanctified. Although we cannot live “sin-free,” we have the power to overcome sin.

And so he condemned sin in the flesh,  in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. (Rom. 8:3-7)

And by living by the Spirit, we are also able to begin to redeem the world around us becoming ambassadors of God’s Kingdom in this fallen world.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God,who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.  We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. (2 Cor. 5:17-20)

And as Jesus’s ambassadors, he is allowing us to participate with him in the beginning of the restoration of all things. During our lives, that is our mission: to work on behalf of the Kingdom to come to make appeal to the lost and to work to redeem the systems of this fallen world. We are citizens of a Kingdom that is coming.

Unfortunately, many churches call this Gospel of Sanctification the Gospel of the Kingdom as if Jesus’s Kingdom has already come on earth and its restoration was the Church’s responsibility only. This is horribly mistaken. We know from Rev. 11:15 that Jesus does not begin to reign until the seventh trumpet and currently Satan is the ruler of this world. Christ won the right to the dominion of the world on the cross but he doesn’t stake his claim until Armageddon. The theology of “Kingdom now” misses the whole point of Jesus’s restoration of all things that is coming and leaves one with a nearly hopeless feeling that the Church needs to restore all things and can’t.

3) The Gospel of the Resurrection

Our sanctification will not be  completed during our lifetimes. These fallen bodies we live in are incapable of being completely sin-free. If we return to 1 Cor. 15, Paul addresses this as he continues to explain the multifaceted Gospel:

So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable;  it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. . . I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. (1 Cor. 15: 42-44, 50-52)

Without our resurrection (or transformation in the Rapture) we cannot overcome this fallen flesh. That is why Paul is so emphatic about the value of the Resurrection from the Dead. Not only will we be sin-free, we will also be imperishable (immortal). That is pretty good news!

4) The Gospel of the Kingdom

Finally, in our new resurrection bodies we will reign with Christ in the Kingdom that is coming. This is what Jesus taught his disciples about after his resurrection. It was his primary topic after his suffering:

After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God . . . Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” (Acts 1:3, 6)
In fact, as can be seen from this passage, after this forty day discussion about the Kingdom, the disciples wondered if Jesus was about to restore the Kingdom back in the first century. As we have learned in multiple articles on this site, the Kingdom and dominion is transferred at the Seventh Seal:

The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign for ever and ever.” (Rev. 11:15) 

Then at the seventh bowl, Jesus will physically return to the earth, fight the battle of Armageddon,  and claim his right to the Kingdom. Then at the end of the 1000 years, Jesus will put all enemies under his feet and death will be destroyed and Satan cast into the lake of fire. Then Jesus will present the Kingdom to his Father. At that point the New Jerusalem will descend and God the Father will also dwell with us in the “eternal state.”

Does Israel have its Own Gospel

Many Pre-Tribulation Rapture believers claim Israel has its own Gospel, “the Gospel of the Kingdom.” They do this so as to claim that Matt. 24 is only for the Jews. In Matthew we read:

 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. (Matt. 24:14)

These Pre-Trib. Rapture enthusiasts note that Jesus did not say “and this gospel of salvation will be preached in the whole world.” By this they claim that Israel is given a separate gospel from that of the Church. And this separate Gospel is all Matt. 24 is talking about. In many, many ways this is heretical teaching. There is only one name under heaven by which we may be saved: Jesus. Israel is not given a separate way of being saved. When the fullness of the gentiles has come in, the partial blindness of Israel will be lifted, they will look upon the one they have pierced (Jesus) and the remnant of Israel will repent and be saved. It will be by the blood of Jesus. It is always by faith in his blood sacrifice on our behalf. Israel will NOT be give n a separate means of salvation.
Additionally, notice that in Matt. 24:14, Jesus said that this gospel will be preached as a testimony to all nations (Gk: ETHNOS, meaning “people groups or gentiles”). This isn’t a Gospel for the Jews. It is primarily for the Gentiles.
Now it is true that when Jesus began his ministry that the Jews did not comprehend that he would die on the cross for their sins. They did not have a concept that the Holy Spirit would come to give them victory over their sin nature, nor did they fully understand the resurrection. They did know, however, that the Messiah would restore the Kingdom to Israel. It is for this reason that Jesus came initially only preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom; a kingdom where he would defeat all the dominions and authorities, the last of which is death. This was clearly delineated in the Old Testament.
After Jesus’s death and resurrection, the full extent of what Jesus did for us became known. The full extent of the good news or Gospel. That is why Paul explains the four-fold Gospel in 1 Cor. 15.

Summary

That is the complete Gospel; the complete good news. Every aspect of it is found in 1 Cor. 15. Read the entire Chapter! Jesus never came to bring an incomplete Gospel of Salvation only or two separate gospels (one for the Jews and one for the Christians). He came to bring the complete Gospel of the Kingdom .

In my recent book Are We Ready for Jesus (buy it here), we discuss the gospel in Chapter Three.

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When you present the entire Gospel is it much more readily accepted as well. I highly recommend when you are talking to the lost present the ENTIRE gospel, just as Jesus did. It is so much better news than just the Gospel of Salvation alone. That is why Jesus taught the “Gospel of the Kingdom.” which is the Gospel in the End Times!

 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. (Matt. 24:14)

 Jesus did not say “and this gospel of salvation (only) will be preached in the whole world.” We have much work to do to assist in the preaching of the complete Gospel.  Let’s be about our Father’s business.

40 thoughts on “What is the “Gospel of the Kingdom?””

  1. If you say Mathew 24 is only for the Jews, then you do not have to explain Mathew 24:29-31 and can remain in ignorance concerning the rapture.

    1. Mike – imho Matt 29:31 reiterates Matt 13:40-43 where Jesus explains the meaning of vv 29-30 in the parable of the wheat and tares. So we cannot afford to remain ignorant of that instruction; which implies the rapture may well not be what many presume it to be and we should re-consider it afresh…

      1. We usually agree on most things prophetic Richard, but not on this issue. IMO, the Parable of the Wheat and Tares pictures Rev. 14:14-20 and the Sheep and Goat Judgment that happens after Armageddon. I’ll do an article on this Parable in the next couple week and we can discuss it after the article.

  2. Afo and Nelson,

    I like the teaching of Charles Cooper concerning the dream of King Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel 2 where a small rock cut without human hands smashes the feet of the statue and grows into a large mountain that will never be destroyed. below is his quote and video teaching on it.

    “Where as Daniel 2 depicts the inauguration of the Kingdom of God on earth, Daniel 7 summarizes the consummation of the Kingdom of God. In essence, Daniel 7 describes how God will transition from the age of man to the age of Jesus Christ ruling on Mt. Zion.”

    1. Brandon, thank you for sending this link, I found it fascinating. Mr. Cooper is an articulate man. This comment more precisely belongs in with the article on the FOUR BEASTS OF DAN. 7 and I recommend readers to that article.

      Unfortunately Mr. Cooper makes some major assumptions that throw off his theory. Primary among these is assumptions is that the 4th Kingdom of Daniel 2 is Rome. We now know that the 4th Kingdom is Islam not Rome and that Dan. 2:40 makes it impossible for it to be Rome as Rome did not “crush” all of “these” (the other kingdoms) while Islam did. He also misses that Dan. 2 actually pictures 6 Kingdoms (as the graphic in my article shows) with the feet of iron and clay being separate from the 4th Kingdom.

      Once it is understood that it is Islam that is the 4th Kingdom and that the Toes are separate and have not yet arisen, it makes it impossible that the rock that smashes the toes is the first coming of Christ (as Mr. Cooper believes).

      He also misses all the similarities I found between Dan. 2 and 7 in the article referenced above. I don’t think he mentioned or noticed one of these.

  3. Couldn’t agree more Nelson.

    The Kingdom of God begins With a repentant heart of all who are led to believe in Christ work of atonement and bodily resurrection ( which leads us to a spiritual birth) and it collectively grows and grows and grows until it finally is fully realized in its millennial glory which is the next phase of the expanding growing Kingdom on earth.

    Jesus said, to what shall I compare the Kingdom of God? It’s like leaven which a woman took and hid in three pecks of meal until it was all leaven.” What does leaven do? Permeate and cause to expand. And so what Jesus is saying is…Look, I begin with a spiritual Kingdom in the heart which is now realized and it expands and moves and becomes greater and greater until one day it will cover the whole earth in the millennial glory when Christ comes to reign.

    In His first coming then, He establishes the internal spiritual Kingdom. And at His Second coming, He takes that to its consummated end in the glory of the millennial Kingdom. And then the final stage of the gospel of the kingdom of God is (which was not discussed in your article), is that this whole universe as we know it is destroyed and He creates the new heaven and the new earth in which eternally and for the first time since the Fall both kingdoms are merged into one. That’s basically is the bigger picture of the good news of God’s Kingdom.

  4. it seems you ditch some and apply some but the contract of torah is to obey all, if you break one you break all. i’m sorry but i have to disagree with you my friend.

  5. Bonjour Donal,

    You write : “it seems that fx imply that we are still under torah. torah is not just 10 commandments but set of rule written in pentateuch that’s including food, holy day, etc”

    => Allow me to explain and clarify my understanding. As born again believers in Christ, we are no longer under the law, that is no longer under the law of sin and death, which is the penalty for breaking the Torah.

    This is what Paul explains throughout his epistles when he says we are no longer “under the law”.

    Thanks to the blood of our Savior, we are no long under the condemnation of sin, since Jesus paid the price for us. This is what not being “under the law” means. Paul who uses this expression several times never meant to say that we do not have to follow Torah!

    If he did then we have a big problem because breaking the Torah is the very biblical definition of sin!“Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law” (1 john 3.4)

    Nelson writes: “Franscois does follow Torah, all of it.”

    First let me clarify that I follow the Torah because I’m saved (I do not follow it to get saved!)
    I do follow the Torah out of love for my Heavenly Abba and because I know it rejoices His heart to see His children walk in truth (Torah = truth, see Psalm 119.142b). Also my Bible tells me to walk like Yeshua walked. Out of love for His Father, Yeshua also followed His Abba’s Instructions.

    Now, do I follow all of Torah? The answer is no. Even if I wanted, I could not! We do not live in a theocracy, there is no Temple standing, no Sanhedrin etc.

    Let us always remember that Torah is all about love. All its Holy Instructions show us how to love our Father and how to love our neighbors.

    What does it mean to follow Torah today?

    Well besides loving our Heavenly Abba and loving our neighbors, there are three main outward signs that we can still practice today. These are:
    1- resting on Shabbat (instead of Sunday),
    2- celebrating or remembering the Biblical Holy days (instead of celebrating pagan festivals), and
    3- having a proper biblical diet (eating what the Bible defines as food).

    There’s nothing ground breaking about the above three biblical commandments. Jesus practiced them, Paul practiced them, all the apostle practiced them and all the early believers as well!

    The thing is when one practices the above three outward signs, then he is really set apart from the world. This is exactly what we are called to be. And when we are, people start asking us question: it is then we can be witnesses to the Jew first and then to the Greek.

    Well, this post is getting too long, I’d better stop otherwise I’m going to get scolded by Nelson!

    😉

    Love and blessings from France,

    François-Xavier

  6. Nelson,

    To give Chuck Swindoll the benefit of the doubt, for he is a stalwart in the denomination I belong to, let’s consider that modern Israel in its current spiritually blinded state would not be part of God’s plan. But redeemed Israel will be! Once the nation repents of its national sin in rejecting their Messiah, they will serve him with deep and abiding devotion as a result. I want to be as fair to this fine bible teacher-preacher as much as possible. Without further inquiry to pastor Swindoll, we don’t know exactly what was intended regarding that statement without follow-up.

    Blessings!

  7. Why do you think people don’t want to deal with the glorious future of Israel or admit that Israel has a central role to play in the future earthly kingdom? The churches I’ve been a part of, that seem to ignore the reality of a future earthly kingdom, don’t seem to be particularly antisemitic, but do you think they actually are antisemitic?

    1. Replacement Theology is usually behind such notions. Today I just heard a quote from Chuck Swindoll, bastion of evangelical thought, saying he wasn’t sure modern Israel had a role to play in the future plans of God. This thinking goes very deep.

  8. it seems that fx imply that we are still under torah. torah is not just 10 commandments but set of rule written in pentateuch that’s including food, holy day, etc. under torah priesthood follow blood of levi tribe and if jesus priesthood follow torah then there is no salvation for gentiles but we glad that jesus priesthood follow melchizedek so he will be the priest of all. even before torah is written it is clear that killing is forbidden (kain-abel). torah is for the jew, 5th command mention about ‘land’ which is canaan given to the jew (not christian). god give us new contract not renewal (torah), remember god’s command exist before torah written. clearly what jesus teached is not copy paste of torah but he gave new interpretation that considered heretic by jew.

    1. Franscois does follow Torah, all of it. I believe Christians are under the New Covenant and no longer bound by all the law’s of the Mosaic Covenant. This was minor point in his comment and since he and I have discussed this before, I did not address it.

  9. Hi Nelson, The scripture you gave for raised Christians serving with Jesus during the Millenium, does not include all Christians, only those beheaded during the Tribulation. What makes you think all Christians will be on earth at that time. Perhaps, some are in heaven helping to construct the new Jerusalem which descends to the new earth. Ron

    1. Thanks Living Eternal, Here is the verse to which you refer: “And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand.” I appreciate the dialouge on this. This is a controversial issue. Here is my take on it.

      First, 1st Cor. 15, the Chapter we studied in this article gives the complete list of who is resurrected at the First Resurrection. “so also in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ’s at His coming” (1 Cor. 15:22-23) Here we see that the First Resurrection at Christ’s coming includes ALL that are Christ’s not just the beheaded. This would include saints throughout the ages. This verse is equally valid with the verse in Rev. 20 that mentions the beheaded. The category of those who did not worship the beast in Rev. 20:4-6 is very large as well. This includes saints throughout all the ages too. My Dad who died 4 years ago for instance never worshiped the Beast. The verse in Rev. 20 does not give the crucial reason for the saints being resurrected either. Simply being beheaded is not enough. Being written in the Book of Life is essential, but it is not found in Rev. 20:4-6 which shows that not all aspects of this Resurrection are explained. For that we need the full testimony of scripture. Rev. 20:4-6 is true, but it is not the exclusive verse on the First Resurrection IMO.

  10. Nelson said:

    “This circles back to your other question about the partial hardening of Israel. And it circles back to your question about why so many churches ignore the Gospel of the Kingdom. IMO it is because they don’t want to deal with the glorious future of Israel. To admit a future earthy Kingdom is to admit Israel has a central role to play.”

    Indeed! Replacement theology has been deeply rooted in the Church. It is a heinous sin to the LORD. Israel is our brother. Without Israel there is no Church! Israel and the millennial temple are closely related within the earthly reign of Jesus. I did a personal research study of both the third temple (tribulation temple) and the millennial temple. Just fascinating and things you will never be taught in church, unfortunately.

    Blessings!

  11. Why do you think it is so common for churches to preach the Gospel of Salvation alone? Why does there seem to be so much misunderstanding about what the Gospel of the Kingdom means? I have definitely heard a lot of the “Kingdom Now” preaching that you talk about. I’ve heard people use Luke 17:21 to back up this idea: “…nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is within you.” Also, the denomination I grew up in places a strong emphasis on sanctification, and seems to teach that being sanctified means living “sin free.” A denominational leader, who has now passed away, used to say that he hadn’t sinned since he was ten years old, and he truly believed that. However, I agree much more with what you write (about the fact that we can’t live “sin-free,” but have power to overcome sin). You mentioned that “when the fullness of the gentiles has come in, the partial blindness of Israel will be lifted.” Why do you think Israel had to be blinded in order for the gentiles to be included in God’s plan of salvation? Could God not have given salvation to the gentiles without blinding the eyes of the Jews?

    1. Wow, a man who thinks he hasn’t sinned since he was 10? God bless him. God bless him with a deeper understanding! And forgive his sin of pride.
      Yes, the Bible teaches that Israel had to be broken off to make room for the wild branches (gentiles).

      In terms of Luke 17:20-21″Now having been questioned by the Pharisees as to WHEN the kingdom of God was coming, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed; nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or, ‘There it is!’ For behold, the kingdom of God is in your midst.” First notice the question Jesus was asked was WHEN is the kingdom coming. (not where). This is highly important in our interpretation!! So if Jesus responded by “the kingdom is in your midst” he was saying “it is already here.” If it was already amongst the Pharisees it was either 1) inside of the Pharisees or 2) it was where ever Jesus was. Now which makes sense? Obviously the Pharisees were unsaved at the time. The Kingdom could NOT BE inside the Pharisees. That leaves one answer: the Kingdom is where Jesus is! Which makes perfect sense. If the Jews had accepted Jesus then and there, the Kingdom would have come on earth right then (and the gentiles would have been excluded.)

      This circles back to your other question about the partial hardening of Israel. And it circles back to your question about why so many churches ignore the Gospel of the Kingdom. IMO it is because they don’t want to deal with the glorious future of Israel. To admit a future earthy Kingdom is to admit Israel has a central role to play.

      1. Nelson “IMO it is because they don’t want to deal with the glorious future of Israel….” Exactly so my friend. A thoroughly good treatment of the matter and so pleased to read someone who directly connects Acts 1:6 into it.

        Regret your site doesn’t enable re-blog onto my blog as would like to do so now and then. So have done it via the more fiddly ‘Press This’ with result at > http://wp.me/p1Y1yB-7J1 Trust you’re ok with this.

      2. “Great minds think alike” as the saying goes – unless the Lord arranges a shared insight.

        Since blogging about orthodox Judaism’s reconciliation with Christianity (and on Time) I’ve been preparing an item on Messianic Jews and thus revisited Romans 9-11 on Israel’s fall and ultimate salvation; which continues with most instructive ‘THEREFORE,…’ (in 12:1).

        So this weekend I was mulling over the disciples’ prayer, “Our Father…Your Kingdom, let it come” and their wanting Jesus to tell them when that would happen (Acts 1:6). This morning ‘God-incidence’ arranged an email notification of your incisive new post on these matters.

        Thank you Lord for the timing – and Nelson too.

  12. Nelson,
    Love your approach to scripture study. Unbiased, objective, blindly seeking the truth, with no preconceived outcome in mind. And Jesus awards you with insightfulness that draws others seeking the same truth to challenge your studies, and ultimately it leads them to him.

  13. Wonderful explanatory understanding regarding the fullness of the four-fold gospel kingdom! I have never heard it spoken of like this, but it is clearly consistent with the teachings of Jesus and the Apostle Paul. I think if more churches taught the fullness of the gospel kingdom in this way, I believe more Christ-followers would be better prepared to endure the coming persecution of the AC and not apostate from the faith knowing what rich rewards would be in store for them.

    Amen! Well explained.

    Blessings!

  14. Re-bonjour ! Hello again!

    Another important point people need to understand regarding the true Gospel:

    If we are in Messiah, we are heirs of the covenant promises that were made to Abraham (Gal 3:29).

    The way to become a member of God’s family is to be grafted in.

    There are 2 groups of people that are grafted in: wild branches and natural branches.

    Romans 11:17 talks about the wild branches being grafted in.
    Romans 11:24 talks about the natural branches being grafted in.

    So in Messiah we are either wild or Natural “branches”. Both are grafted in…

    To what?

    We get grafted Into the New Covenant that was made with the House of Israel and the House of Judah. When we get grafted into something, we become a part of it…

    so therefore, every believer in the Messiah gets grafted into The Olive Tree. What are the names of the branches of this olive tree?

    You name it: the House of Judah, and the house of Israel.

    If you are a Jewish believer in Messiah, you are a part of the Jewish branch…the house of Judah. If you are a non-Jewish believer in Yeshua as Messiah, you are a part of the non Jewish branch…the house of Israel.

    This is the short explanation of the two houses of Israel as taught in the Bible.
    The new covenant was only made with the House of Israel and the House of Judah (not with a separate entity called the “church”). Anyone can be a part of the New Covenant by being grafted in. when you get grafted in, you become a part of it.

    Once we become a believer in Yeshua, we are to walk as He walked.

    1 John 2 :6: He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

    How do we walk as He walked? Yeshua kept the Torah—He kept the Commandments

    He Said “If you love Me, –Keep my Commandments”.

    Everyone who accepts Yeshua as Messiah, is betrothed to Him but that marriage is not yet completed. The completion of the marriage is when He rules and reigns with his bride during the Messianic era, on this you are perfectly right Nelson!

    Keep on keeping on.

    Blessings,

    FX

  15. Bonjour Nelson,

    Thank you for tackling this important issue.

    YOU WRITE: “Jesus never came preaching an incomplete Gospel of Salvation only. He came preaching the complete Gospel of the Kingdom”.

    => Amen to that!

    As you briefly state in your article, the Gospel of the Kingdom incorporates the fundamental issue of Israel and its restoration.

    This is what the apostles were first and foremost concerned about: “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” (Acts 1:6)

    The Gospel of the Kingdom is Israel centric.

    Sadly the church has completely forgotten this essential truth and fails to understand her true identity as Israel, the Israel of God!

    Today most Christians define themselves as the church, an entity separated from Israel, with its own set of laws (ie: human traditions) that are different from the Torah that God gave to His covenant people to follow in order to be set apart/sanctified.

    The church believes that she was born at Pentecost after Jesus’ resurrection. This is not what the Word teaches. The assembly of the called out ones (ie the ekklesia/kahal/church) was born at Mount Sinai when the Israelites (descendant from the 12 tribes of Israel) and the mixed multitude that went up also with them left Egypt (Ex 12:38).

    This mixed multitude that left Egypt with the Israelites are the Gentiles who believed in the God of Israel and the redemptive blood of the lamb. There is nothing new under the sun. Right from the day the Israelites left Egypt, the Gentiles were offered the possibility to join Israel. A multitude of them did.

    Both the descendant from the 12 tribes of Israel and the mixed multitude were saved from the slavery of Egypt (an image of our salvation from the slavery of satan), baptized in the water (red sea), wedded with God at Mount Sinai where they received the Instructions they were to follow in order to be set apart from the nations of the world.

    Note the order: salvation first, then sanctification through obedience to the Torah.

    Unfortunately, Israel and the grafted gentiles never lived up to their mission. They were stiff necked and broke the terms of the marriage covenant. They sinned. The solution Abba had was the New Covenant were the Torah was no longer written on tablet of stones (heart of stone of the people) but on the very hearts of His people.

    The reason why Yeshua died on the tree was for the direct purpose of forgiving the sins of the nation of Israel (and those grafted in) who broke the terms of the marriage covenant at Mt Sinai. In doing this He would offer salvation to the entire world. Jesus’ mission is to gathers the Exiles of Israel to unite them unto His Kingdom.

    Why this is important?

    It is important because this is the core of the Gospel message people need to understand. If one leaves Israel out of the Gospel message, we end up with the current gospel as preached by 99% of Christians where people are mislead to believe they belong to a new entity separated from Israel called the church.

    With this lie goes the other lie to says that the Holy Instructions of Yahweh are done away with and now the church is “free” to do just as she pleases.

    Once we are saved and filled with the Holy Spirit how can we be set apart/sanctified if we do not walk like Jesus walked (ie obeying our Father’s Instructions)?

    Blessings from France,

    François-Xavier

  16. Great’ concise article, Nelson! So happy Christ wanted this sinner. Totally changed my life. Made me like him. How hard it is to kill the OLD man! Bless you for passing these teachings yo us. Thank you!

  17. All Glory to God

    Nelson,

    Thank you for writing this. I think you miss the point about the gospel of the Kingdom. It is not about a different program for Salvation. There is only ONE program for Salvation. Here is my thinking

    I believe the “gospel of the Kingdom” to be about the fulfillment of God’s promises to Abraham and Israel. This promise is centered in Lord Jesus Christ.

    Consider Matthew 15 v 24
    “But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel”.

    The Lord is sent only to Israel because the gospel of the Kingdom is about Israel alone.

    Consider Galatians 3 v 16
    “Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ”.

    You see God promised Abraham and his descendant a Kingdom through Jesus Christ (the seed). However Israel, through divine blindness, was not aware that God was about to fulfill His promise and so rejected the Lord.

    Consider Romans 11 v 25
    “For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, UNTIL THE FULNESS OF THE GENTILES BE COME IN”.

    God put blindness on Israel so we (the Gentiles) could be brought in. This partial blindness of Israel will continue until the rapture (fulness of the Gentiles) then the blindness will be lifted by the gospel of the Kingdom. Hence the Lord’s words in Matthew 24 v 14

    “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come”.

    I leave this link. Please ignore the Pre-Trib stuff we both disagree with.

    http://www.matthewmcgee.org/2gospels.html

    1. I truncated your reply Curtis because it was so long. But I will try to respond as best I can to this myriad of scriptures and the article. First, you said there is only one Gospel. On that we both agree: there is only one gospel. This is the opposite of that that article by McGee (which is in error) teaches. It is not a Gospel for Israel and a Gospel for the Church. The remnant of Israel will look upon the one they have pierced AND be saved. There is not other way, only the blood of Jesus saves. Israel isn’t given a separate Gospel. They aren’t give a separate way of being saved. They have to repent and believe in Jesus. Are you aware of a way Israel will be saved other than by believing in Messiah??

      Now prior to Jesus’s death and resurrection, Israel was blind to the four-fold nature of the Gospel. They understood that a Kingdom was coming upon the earth and that the Messiah would have the government placed upon his shoulders. This is the Gospel of the Kingdom, the Millennial Kingdom, where Jesus is King and he destroys all enemies, the last of which is death. They understood this final aspect of the Gospel and missed most of the other three aspects. So when Jesus came preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom it is this final aspect he taught. Interestingly, Israel could have entered into the Kingdom by accepting Jesus during his earthly ministry, but they didn’t.

      Paul clarifies the full scope of what the Gospel is in 1 Cor. 15. Read it several times and then read this article again. Notice that the Kingdom is part of the Gospel. When Jesus said “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come” He meant when the complete four-fold aspect of the Gospel is preached to the whole world, not just the Gospel of salvation taught by many churches.

      Has a partial blindness come over Israel? Yes. But when the fullness of the Gentiles comes in, then it will be lifted and they will look upon the one they have pierced, repent and be saved. It is one Gospel with four aspects.

      1. All Glory to God

        Nelson,

        We are in agreement for the most part. I did point you to a scripture which suggests a difference in understanding between Peter (who was taught by the Lord while He was on earth) and Paul. You are right about the different components of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I think Mr McGee means the same thing but is not able to express it as eloquently as you do.

        Consider 2 Peter 3 v 16
        “As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction”.(KJV)

        I believe the Church are to look towards the wedding of which the requirement is only Salvation through Jesus Christ. Whereas the Kingdom requires Salvation plus righteous works (this goes for the Church as well, only all will be removed before the Wrath of God begins). When the door to the wedding is closed…all that will be left is the Kingdom hence the gospel of the Kingdom. For those left on the earth after the rapture they will have to endure to enter into the Kingdom. This gospel is shown in Revelations 14. The saints are to resist the Mark (which will require tremendous endurance) as well as receive the Lord in order to enter into the Kingdom.

        Consider Luke 21 v 17-20
        “And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake.

        But there shall not an hair of your head perish.

        IN YOUR PATIENCE possess ye your souls.

        And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh”.(KJV)

        While the Lord did touch on all aspects of His gospel, I perceive He paid particular attention to the Kingdom as He knew Israel would reject Him and His Church. Check out the parable of the Wedding Banquet.

        God Bless

        1. Curtis, First in regard to 2 Pet. 3:16, Peter notes in this that it is readers that distort Paul’s meanings. Peter and Paul were in agreement.

          Next ” For those left on the earth after the rapture they will have to endure to enter into the Kingdom.” this is true of the Church as well! We will have to endure prior to the Rapture. We will not have to endure the Wrath of God however, and there is a difference! However, this isn’t a separate Gospel! There is only one Gospel.

    1. Thanks John, from reading the article you attached I gather that the author believes Jesus was preaching a “cross-less” gospel prior to his death and resurrection. I agree that he wasn’t directly preaching the cross (he hadn’t died yet), rather he was preaching the final aspect of the four-fold gospel message: the gospel of the Kingdom where Jesus puts down every enemy during the Millennial Kingdom, the final one being death. This is directly alluded to in 1 Cor. 15 (the Gospel Chapter). He was looking out beyond the two thousand years that lay between him and the final Millennium.

      To say that Jesus was only preaching protection from earthly rulers (as the author does) is simply not sound doctrine. Jesus’s message was a spiritual one.

  18. Great article Nelson…thank you. It seems to me that ‘mortals’ will be on the earth during the Millennium; also that ‘immortals’ [ the new rulers ] will be there also. So, will there be a mixture of mortals and immortals? As flesh and blood cannot enter the Kingdom, the idea of mortals being there sort of clashes with this. And, I suspect that the immortals will not be dwelling in homes ‘on’ the earth…maybe they will operate from the New Jerusalem suspended between Earth and Sky. Any ideas on this?
    James

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