God's Kingdom

Jun. 8, 2015

GoodThe Gospel of salvation and the Gospel of the Kingdom

The definition of the “gospel” means “Good News” and is used 100 times in the New King James Bible. NT:2097; a good message, i.e. the gospel: KJV - gospel. (Strong's Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003)

Without the “Gospel” or Good News”, there is no plan for salvation and there cannot be salvation without the blood of a sacrifice. (Rev 1:6)  

        The word gospel is used 100 times in the New Testament. There are several references to the gospel as noted in the New Testament which include; the gospel of peace, (Romans 10:15) the gospel of His son, (Romans 1:9), the gospel of the kingdom, (Mathew 4:23), the gospel of grace, (Acts 20:24) the gospel of God, (Romans 15:16) the gospel of Christ or Messiah, (1 Cor 9:12) and the gospel of your salvation, (Ephesians 1:13) 

            The majority of the term “gospel” refers to good news, or more specifically the Greek word for “evangelist.” (NT:2099 euaggelistes (yoo-ang-ghel-is-tace'); from NT:2097; a preacher of the gospel: KJV - evangelist.

            However, the word used for the gospel of the “kingdom” specifically refers to the rule and reign of God. (Strongs NT932) This specific word refers to a realm or an actual place.

 

The gospel of salvation deals with the human soul as stated in Psalm 23:3. The gospel of the kingdom deals with the things the cross affected not only including salvation but the reconciliation or restoration of all things including in the material world that which was lost in the fall of Adam.

Jesus says in Matthew 6:10 on earth as it is in heaven, He is talking about bringing spiritual things from a heavenly realm, to the earthly realm where He will have rule and reign for the kingdom. While we may never see God’s kingdom completely manifested on earth as it is in heaven, Jesus is telling us that we should ask for it and expect it. Moses was led by God not to establish a religion but to establish a nation of people who would love to serve and honor God. God wanted his earthly kingdom or his rule and reign expressed in the lives of believers as evidence of restoration that He provided.

The gospel of salvation is passive; it is evangelism with an eternal heavenly focus and it addresses the soul of the person. It is the sacred kingdom of God versus the secular kingdom of the world.

While the gospel of the kingdom is active; the focus is placed upon the soul body and spirit. We are to possess the land as believers in all aspects of society. We should use our godly character insight and wisdom given by the Holy Spirit to influence the earthly kingdom with an act of faith to influence the kingdom of God.

In Jeremiah chapter 23 the Lord speaks of the branch that will come out of Judah, that will allow Israel to dwell in safety.

 

When Moses led the children out of Egypt, their souls were not restored. They had a possessing the land mentality however, since their soul had not been healed they were not able to take dominion or possess the land. The only two people that spoke what they had heard from the Lord into existence were Joshua and Caleb. They impacted their thinking and acted out kingdom realities based upon God’s Word and His promises. (Numbers 14:30-33)

     If we do not believe that we are a chosen generation, a holy nation or a Royal priesthood, we may have the deposit of the Holy Spirit but we will never walk in the promise land here on earth.

            When Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt, he told them that there would be a land flowing with milk and honey that they were supposed to inhabit. Sadly, their minds were not renewed. Instead they were unrepentant and ungrateful for liberation from slavary; their harden hearts caused them to die in the wilderness; having never fulfilled the call and the destiny that the Lord would have on them as individuals and as a nation.

(Proverbs 23:7-8)

            According to Romans chapter 12:2, our minds must be renewed and come into alignment with God’s plans, purpose and destiny for our lives. If we do not have a renewed mind and a transformed thought process; we will be conformed to the world and not to the image of God’s son, Jesus Christ the Messiah.

 

 

Ultimately, modern-day analogy would be that we had a lotto ticket worth hundred billion dollars and we never actually redeemed it to get the money or treasure that was rightly ours to enjoy the fruit of it.

This is how I see Christians living today, they walk in the gospel of salvation they are saved and are going to heaven one day but they never redeem the ticket that they have in their pocket to walk out the calling, destiny and fruit of the reward that Jesus died to give us. I am not sure that this is simply because they are not instructed on the difference between the gospel of the kingdom and the gospel of salvation or they do not believe there is something more than this. Jesus did not die to give us religion, He died to give us everlasting life. Religion binds, but the spirit gives life and liberty! (2 Cor 3:17-18)