The Gospel of the Kingdom

In order to fully comprehend the Gospel of the Kingdom there must be a study of Jesus and how he preached and lived the Gospel of the Kingdom.

"If, in our study of the Word, we fail to communicate the principles of the Kingdom of God, then we have failed in understanding the reason God gave us the scriptures. John the Baptist came preaching that the Kingdom was at hand. Jesus preached the Kingdom, yet the Church has preached only portions of the Gospel of the Kingdom. In these days, God is restoring the full message of the Kingdom to every aspect of His Church. Until that is restored, Jesus cannot return, because it is “the Gospel of the Kingdom that shall be preached in all the world for a witness, then shall the end come.”

"It is important to remember that we will be approaching the survey from the chronological standpoint as much as possible. This means that the epistles will be placed in the order they were written. I believe this will help us see more the development of the Kingdom message throughout the scriptures, as Paul shared with them what God has shown him of the Kingdom.

As we follow the Kingdom throughout the scripture there will be an ongoing unveiling of the truth of the Kingdom."

In looking at the Gospels, John starts in the beginning. One of the things that it is important to understand is that it has always been God’s plan to have man go through the fall and be redeemed. This we know because of the declarations in the epistles and the Book of Revelation, that Jesus was the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.(Heb. 5:1;1 Pet. 1:20;Rev. 13:8)

Hebrews 5:1 For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins:

1 Peter 1:20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,

Revelation 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

John shows us that Jesus’ life was fully preplanned from eternity. The Word of redemption was spoken before Jesus came and He manifest it in time.

The chart referred to in the above endnote, shows the progress of the process of time(Ex. 2:22) in relationship to Jesus’ life on earth which we will see in the Gospel portion of this course.

Because this is a survey course we will not go into extensive detail on the life of Christ. We will just overview enough of it to point us in the right direction of study concerning the King’s ministry, life expression, and instruction concerning the Kingdom of God.

It is important, as we approach the overview and harmony of the Gospels, that we realize that each Gospel has a particular emphasis of the nature and character of Jesus. Briefly listed each Gospel should be read in the light of the following:

1.    Matthew presents Jesus as the King, and is represented by the Lion of the tribe of Judah, one of the standards of Israel.
2.    Mark is written emphasizing the servanthood of Jesus as represented by the standard of the ox. It is His servanthood that is also an expression of His ministry.
3.    Luke is written presenting Jesus as a man, emphasizing His favorite title for himself; The Son of Man. This is represented by Israel’s standard that depicts a man.
4.    John presents Jesus as the Divine Son, represented in scripture by a flying eagle another of Israel’s standards.
Each of these symbols are seen throughout scripture and usually they tie into some aspect of the life of Christ’s, his ministry expression, or nature."