[7] Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, on the throne of David, and on his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from now on even for ever. It’s a literal Kingdom, an empire, a government to come under the direction and authority of Jesus Christ that will rule over all the peoples of the earth. (Matthew 19:28) He referred to this group of rulers as his “little flock,” and he also noted that he had “other sheep,” who were not a part of that group.—Luke 12:32; John 10:16. There will be no more crooked rule, no more fraudulent systems of men. The gospel of that Kingdom holds the key to understanding our world’s troubles and to their true solution. The kingdom is reserved for those who hear and prepare and commit. When we understand the thrust of Jesus’ message about the Kingdom of God, we understand better why He made the statement in Matthew 6:33: “Seek first the kingdom of God.” He tells us to seek first the Kingdom because the Kingdom of God was His primary message. God gives eternal life to those who will live and reign with Christ in the coming Kingdom. Jesus preached that same message from the very beginning of his own ministry (Matt. Steve is pastor of the United Church of God congregations in Cincinnati, Ohio. Just imagine it! Jesus tells the people that the kingdom of God is like a grain of mustard seed. Jesus emphasized it right from the very beginning of His ministry: “Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Perhaps a similar question comes to your mind. His first public message was, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." They outright rejected Him and His return as King! In death, Jesus went from the messenger bringing the good news of God's kingdom to the king who would reign over it. So what exactly is the gospel Jesus brought and taught? Why did he do so? PRIVACY POLICY, https://assetsnffrgf-a.akamaihd.net/assets/m/1102009467/univ/art/1102009467_univ_sqr_xl.jpg, https://assetsnffrgf-a.akamaihd.net/assets/a/bm/E/wpub/bm_E_lg.jpg, Share After the Kingdom of God is established on earth, Jesus will bring a time of true world peace. You can have a different life, a better life, right now—living the way your Creator designed you to live! From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." In Matthew 4:17 The Bible says that Jesus began to preach, ‘Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven has come near." [14] And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed. Jesus directly said that he was the foretold Messiah. Jesus lived during a time of great upheaval. Others have understood kingdom as referring to the church, equating the two. We are drawing ever closer to that time when Jesus will return and set up that government! For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality” (1 Corinthians 15:50-53 1 Corinthians 15:50-53 [50] Now this I say, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither does corruption inherit incorruption. Terror, earthquakes, killings, persecution, war, hunger, disaster. It is the means by which we come into the Kingdom of God. Even the most downtrodden flocked to him, confident that he would treat them with kindness and dignity. As followers of Jesus, however, we don’t just proclaim the message of the Gospel. The central message of Jesus: The Kingdom of God There is a unanimous agreement today among all theologians and exegetes that the main topic and the central message of Jesus was the Kingdom of God. The kingdom of God is the central theme of Jesus' preaching. Choose His rule in your life now as you look forward to His coming rule beyond today. The concept of the kingdom looms large on the pages of Scripture. First, since the kingdom is nowhere defined in the Scriptures, people tend to pour in their own meaning. This Kingdom is the focus of Jesus’ message, yet it has often been misunderstood or even ignored. or, see there! Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed—in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. From it, a tree grows. Jesus tells us that the kingdom of God is like this. Jesus wanted to stress to His followers that the Kingdom is coming to this earth. They were religious teachers of the day who generally opposed Jesus and were often portrayed as His enemies. (Matthew 6:9, 10) Jesus also demonstrated impartiality daily by teaching men and women, rich and poor, without distinction. You’ll also fail to comprehend dozens of vital prophecies throughout the Bible. When Jesus came announcing the kingdom of God that the prophets had foretold, people were anxious to hear his take on the kingdom. Numerous scriptures plainly record the clear message that "Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying… the kingdom of God is at hand. Here’s another shocking thought that may surprise you: The major subject of Jesus’ preaching was not about going to heaven at death. Schreiner: Two difficulties present themselves in defining the kingdom. His homeland was under the domination of a foreign power.  |  For example: John the Baptist preached that people should repent because the Kingdom of God was at hand (Matt. Did Christ focus His teaching on a specific subject? Did His primary message center only on Him being the prophesied Savior? If you fail to understand Jesus’ central message, you will fail to grasp the whole point of His teachings, the reason for His coming and why He promises to come again. You must receive the Kingdom and accept it right now to enter it later. Who has ears to hear, let him hear.American King James Version×). The verse’s meaning is as direct as it sounds. Many think the gospel message is solely about Jesus as Savior. When Jesus’ impending birth was revealed to Mary by the angel Gabriel, the unborn child was declared to be the King of a kingdom (Luke 1:30-33Luke 1:30-33And the angel said to her, Fear not, Mary: for you have found favor with God. This is precisely why Jesus says to the Pharisees, “The kingdom of God is in the midst of you” (Luke 17:21). Remember: Spiritual strength comes from our Savior, the source of strength. American King James Version×). Who were the Pharisees? Jesus did not go around asking people to "give their hearts to the Lord" and say a short prayer so they could be saved. Take His message to heart and “believe the gospel.” Be dedicated and make the choice to be fully committed. So is God! Jesus indicated that the Kingdom would do away with the greatest injustice by sanctifying, or making holy, the name of Jehovah God and clearing it of all the reproach that Satan has heaped upon it since the rebellion in Eden. Yet, when people tried to get him involved in the political affairs of the day, he withdrew. Follow His teachings. 4:17) Apparently it was prett… Jesus Himself described His purpose and the message He brought: “I must preach the Good News of the Kingdom of God in other towns, too, because that is why I was sent” (Luke 4:43 Luke 4:43 And he said to them, I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities also: for therefore am I sent. Christ taught, “But he who endures to the end shall be saved” (Matthew 24:13 Matthew 24:13But he that shall endure to the end, the same shall be saved.American King James Version×). Instead, He taught that people must believe that He would come again and establish God’s government. United Church of God is a 501(c)3 organization.  Privacy Policy  Terms of Use. Now the best part is that you can get a head start. (Matthew 11:28-30) He lived up to his word. 2. What was He saying, then? You might be surprised to find that His gospel message wasn’t just “Invite Me into your heart and be saved.” It’s also startling to realize that He didn’t say you’ll go to live with Him in heaven when you die. This isn’t just good news, it’s great news—and the only hope for a world that’s rushing straightforward to destruction! And he said to them, I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities also: for therefore am I sent. What would you say is the central message Jesus taught? Who has ears to hear, let him hear. There’s more. Jesus makes it clear that this will be the most horrifying and deadly period of mankind’s history, with relatively few surviving. Answer: Jesus said to seek first the kingdom of God in His Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 6:33). They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. Repent, and believe in the gospel" (Mark 1:14–15). American King James Version×, emphasis added throughout). Do you know what He was talking about? Some have reasoned that since we’re to have Jesus in our hearts, then the Kingdom of God also exists only in people’s hearts as well.  Together, he and his wife, Kathe, have served God and His people for over 25 years. (John 4:25, 26) He also showed that he was the King that the prophet Daniel had seen in vision. Jesus promised to refresh people, to ease their burdens. God inspired these men of old to write of a coming world-ruling government. But this is untrue. The Kingdom of God is not an actual location. Can you catch the vision of what God has in store? We need to be telling others about the kingdom of God, and that requires commitment, obedience and preparation. Now that’s a promise! The rest of His prophecy here, and also in the parallel accounts in Mark 13 and Luke 21, are like reading today’s headlines. In what ways did Jesus show that he would rule justly? But let’s read it carefully: “Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, ‘The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, “See here!” or “See there!” For indeed, the Kingdom of God is within you’” (Luke 17:20-21 Luke 17:20-21 [20] And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God comes not with observation: 2. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. If you’re willing to repent and believe and live under God’s rule now as He commands, He extends to you the opportunity to live forever sharing in His immortal glory! Would you like to read this article in %%? The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this. If we’re to enter that Kingdom, God must transform us from physical and mortal existence to life that is spiritual and immortal. Seek God’s guidance and help. They rejected Him and despised His gospel of the Kingdom. But just in case you’re tempted to think that the Kingdom of God is something that is off in the future or only exists in eternity, Jesus told people that the Kingdom of God was already at hand in his time. How wonderful that time will be! Publication download options “The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say, ʹHere it is,ʹ or ʹThere it is,ʹ because the kingdom of God is within you.” (Luke 17:20b‐21, NIV) “For the Son of Man in his day will be like the lightning, which flashes and lights up the Copyright © 2020 Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania. In His shocking prophecy of Matthew 24, He tells us He will intervene at a time when this world is in crisis, “a time of great distress, such as there has never been before since the beginning of the world, and will never be again,” when conditions will be so terrible that “if the time of troubles were not cut short, no living thing could survive” (verses 21-22, Revised English Bible). "And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sicknesses and all kinds of diseases among the people. Follow in His footsteps so that you will be part of that great Kingdom! Can you imagine it? Why Does Matthew Use “Kingdom of Heaven” Instead of “Kingdom of God”? Since God rules over all creation, the Kingdom exists now in part, but Christ looked beyond today to a time when the entire world will be submitted to God’s rule! He taught that you won’t go to live in heaven when you die, but instead that you will be resurrected in the future and that heaven is coming to earth. Unlike the religious leaders of his day, he showed no trace of bias or favoritism. He also said there’s a requirement in order to enter that Kingdom of God—repentance. Jesus VS today’s gospel of the kingdom “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.” Matthew 24:14 (NCPB) When Jesus says “this gospel of the kingdom”, he means the one he preached and not the one the Pharisees preached. And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him. American King James Version×). God doesn’t want you to be unaware of the seriousness of the time in which we live. God’s Kingdom under Christ will not rule through human agencies. First, your life must be guided by a goal, a godly vision of the future. Mar 4:26 And he said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground. It is the message about God’s redemptive work accomplished through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. . It should be everyone’s primary goal, the central focus of your life. Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow | Learn more... With a UCG.org account you will be able to save items to read and study later! To receive Him—the King—is to receive His kingly rule, not only in your life and over your affairs, b… Make Jesus Christ the King of your life right now! Jesus' parables centered on the nature of the Kingdom of God. We are to seek the things of God as a priority over the things of the world. Notice Luke 8 where Jesus “began a tour of the cities and villages of Galilee to announce the coming of the Kingdom of God” ( Luke 8:1 Luke 8:1And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and showing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him,American King James Version×, Living Bible). Most realize that Jesus preached the gospel. The heart and core of His teaching was the Kingdom of God, and the good news—the gospel—is that the Kingdom of God would be established right here on earth. He promised to be the Ruler of that godly realm and that the disciples will rule under Him. The big switcheroo…. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give to him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; an… Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. They knew that a big part of Jesus’ mission involved restoring a literal Kingdom on earth, prompting their question to Him. If you truly want the future that Jesus proclaimed, you must begin living by its terms today! Some have equated it with heaven, saying the kingdom is the place where we go when we die. The Kingdom and our place in it was right at the heart of Jesus’ message: “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33 Matthew 6:33But seek you first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.American King James Version×). [21] Neither shall they say, See here! He was assuring them that God’s plan was on track! Christ was definitely not saying that the Kingdom of God was in them! 1. Let us see. Your Savior will come. Jesus can personally be your King now. Jesus told his apostles that he would one day sit on a “glorious throne” and that they too would sit on thrones. Jesus was designated King. Many people know the Lord’s Prayer. In Revelation 11:15 Revelation 11:15And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.American King James Version×we read that this Kingdom will be established at the prophesied seventh and last trumpet: “Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, ‘The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever’” (English Standard Version). Follow His commandments. Central to the teaching and preaching of Jesus Christ was this message of the Kingdom of God, or the Kingdom of Heaven, as Matthew called it. Now’s the time to prepare. Beyond Today Magazine: September–October 2018. As small as a seed and as grand as a great dinner party, the kingdom of God grows among us and transforms everyone who embraces it. Now is the time to develop a much deeper relationship with God. The Pharisees and their many followers were looking forward to the arrival of an outward, earthly, visible kingdom, one in which the Jews would occupy a very prominent place. for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. The kingdom of God, then, is the good news that the right rule of God, and the right rule of man—a rule our ancestors Adam and Eve lost—have come together in the right rule of one right God-man: Jesus of Nazareth. We don’t just point people to the door to the Kingdom. What a Ruler Jesus will be! American King James Version×). After Jesus’ resurrection, His disciples had one burning question for Him: “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” (Acts 1:6 Acts 1:6When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, will you at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?American King James Version×). Humanity will at last see a world of peace, a world with happiness, a world with clear purpose. When will Christ return and establish the Kingdom of God? When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, will you at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? The prophet Daniel wrote: “Then the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people, the saints of the Most High.”, Shocking Teachings of Jesus: The Kingdom of God. And, behold, you shall conceive in your womb, and bring forth a son, and shall call his name JESUS. It’s not good enough to just know these things. I’m sure you see there’s little doubt that Jesus taught with a forward-looking perspective. So we see this isn’t something just in people’s hearts. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. After these painful lessons, humanity will finally be humbled and willingly submit to Jesus’ reign as King. Are you sick and tired of the evil world we live in? Don’t forget, Jesus said, “Repent, the Kingdom of God is at hand.” Now is the time to change. He is also an instructor at Ambassador Bible College as well as a host on the Beyond Today television program. He performed many miracles. This world is in desperate need of God’s rule. That’s a literal Kingdom in which the Messiah would administer God’s law and His way of life—a way that will bring peace and prosperity to humanity. And when the tree is big enough, birds sit in its branches. 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