THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN
(The Kingdom Of God)
Humans have had thousands of years to experiment with governments, administrations and lifestyles. Under human rule, the world has never seen a time that was free of war, strife, turmoil and suffering.
Successive Governments have all offered social and/or economic pyramids and euphoria of triumph, pleasure and stimulation; but, these are fantasies to cover up a life without meaning, a perishable world that expires with everyone’s last breath.
The governments of mankind, with their inability to solve human problems are rooted in humanity's inability to choose the right way to live.
Our world is threatened by overwhelming problems because we have rejected God.
The apostle Paul described the results of rejecting God and His way of life: "And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful..."
From the beginning God’s plan, purpose and desire was that He would be our God, we would be His people and He would dwell among us.
It is with the Scriptures that God teaches us how to live in this world, in this age, and how to live in the future.
Scripture tells us that all worldly governments will be replaced by a form of government that can at last solve those problems.
This is the gospel - the good news - the announcement of a coming world government. This government will not be ruled by selfishly motivated humans but by Jesus Christ Himself.
The wonderful news of the coming Kingdom of God is the heart and core of Jesus Christ's message for humanity. Jesus will return to earth and establish this Kingdom. He will be the Ruler of the Kingdom of God. Notice this prophecy of Jesus Christ's return: "Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, 'The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever". Jesus Christ will assume rulership over literal kingdoms on earth.
Scriptures continue teaching that Jesus Christ preached "the gospel of the Kingdom" and that He sent His disciples out to proclaim this message before His crucifixion. After his death, the apostles continued to proclaim the Kingdom of God, but now they understood and spoke another dimension: Eternal life in that Kingdom was now possible through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ as the Savior of humanity.
Jesus Christ shed His blood on the Cross as full and final payment for all sins of all people for all time. God is now our God, we are His Church and His Spirit dwells in us and among us.
Jesus explains this relationship between Himself and the Church in John 15 - The Vine and the Branches:
1. I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.
2. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.
3. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.
4. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
5. I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
6. If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.
7. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.
8. This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
9. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.
10. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love.
11. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.
12. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.
13. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
14. You are my friends if you do what I command.
15. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.
16. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.
17. This is my command: Love each other.
2 Thessalonians 2:13-15
"But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God chose you to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth. He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter."
2 Timothy 1:9
"who has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time"
He is calling, will you go? Will you choose to be chosen?
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