This Gospel –

 

 

            Now we are going to begin in Matthew chapter 3, talking about, looking for, going to see, if there is there a “good news” that maybe some of us have not yet fully grasped. I’m suggesting to you that most of the church has not grasped “this good news.” I touched on it before but we’re going to build on it now. And this just by way of an introduction to what we’re going to talk about in this Revolutionary Gospel that must be preached. . . as a witness to all the nations, then the end shall come. I’m quoting that particular text from Matthew 24:14 because it’s . . . “this gospel” that is the power of God unto salvation that Jesus refers to as “this gospel.” It’s the gospel that follows after His death, burial and resurrection, as the power of God unto salvation. The end can not come until “this gospel” is witnessed to all of the nations.

            In Matthew chapter 3 I’m going to look at verses 1 & 2:

 

   Now in those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”  

 

            This is what John the Baptist was preaching. But if we go from there over to Matthew chapter 4, verse 17, we see Jesus coming on the scene after He comes out of the wilderness and His days of temptation.

 

   From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”  

 

            Jesus is preaching the same message that John the Baptist is preaching. I just want you to see that. What ever He is preaching, it is referred to as “Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand” or “…the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”  Matthew was very careful not to use the word ‘God’ because he was writing particularly to Jews who would not speak the name of God. But if we look outside of Matthew in Mark, Luke and John, we find it’s referred to as “the kingdom of God.” But here in Matthew only, we see the same text referred to as “the kingdom of heaven.”

            Go down to verse 23:

 

   Jesus was going throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom…

 

            Jesus’ ministry begins with the preaching of whatever He is calling “this gospel.” He’s calling it and referring to it as “this gospel of the kingdom.” And He is consistently being quoted as using this phrase throughout the gospels. You will find this consistency though the Acts and the Epistles concerning what “this gospel” is. And we see that He is preaching “this gospel of the kingdom.”

            Now go to Mark 1:14-15:

 

   Now after John had been taken unto custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God…

 

            Here we have “this gospel” again.

 

   Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God…

             Then verse 15 defines what “this gospel” is:

 

   ..and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

 

            Jesus comes preaching “the gospel.”

            By the way, this is the clearest definition in the gospels of what “this gospel” is. “This gospel” is the gospel of “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven,” or “the kingdom of God is at hand.”

            Let’s continue by turning to Luke chapter 4, verse 43. In Luke 4:43, Jesus  gives an explanation about why He needs to be traveling about: 

 

            But He said to them, “I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also…”

 

            I want you to see what follows that simple declaration. Jesus is answering them and says,

   “I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also…” 

And then there is a little “for” or “because.” What does He say next? “… for I was sent for this purpose…”

 

            You mean He was sent for something more than His death, burial and resurrection? He was sent for something more than to die for our sins? He was sent for something more than to find a covering for what we’ve done? He was sent for something more than dying, being raised? Oh yes, He was!

            He says, “I was sent for this purpose,” to preach “this gospel of the kingdom.” That’s why He says He was being sent. It may not mean what you think John Brown is implying, but it means something. You ask the Holy Spirit what it means. You cannot just ignore it. You can’t write it off. You can’t suggest that it has no meaning anymore. Because He did die, was buried, and was raised. Because, even after the grave, you’re going to see the gospel remains the same. It means something!

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One Response to “This Gospel –”

  1. brotherjohnny Says:

    There is so much good stuff in these posts, Jerald.
    I’m on lunch break at work, so I only have a moment…

    I think that the ‘good news’ of the Kingdom of God (or heaven), is the proclamation that “Jesus is Lord”.
    That statement, when ‘unpacked’ means an awful lot.

    The mystery and part of the key to Jesus’ “3 day work” is that on one hand He was slain before the foundations of the earth.
    This says something in particular to the soveriegn nature of Gods Just yet Merciful character.
    On the other hand, no one could enter in to the kingdom without first being counted as “In Christ”.

    In a sense, only Christ is “in the kingdom” and only those in Him are ‘in’.

    The work of the blood purifies us before God, the work of the cross eliminates the problem of ‘us’ and the resurrection gives us New Life as new creatures in Him.

    No man can even come to the Father without going ‘through’ Jesus.
    He is the doorway in.

    The nature of the Kingdom of God is always the same, and it excludes anyone who lives under the authority of any other “king”.

    The good news is that it is even possible for us to be governed by the One True King and that that way was made through the three day work of Christ.

    We recieved the Spirit by hearing the gospel of ‘first importance’ (Jesus death, burial, and resurrection). The meaning of that gospel is that “In Christ, your sins are forgiven and that there are no longer any barriers between you and the Father”.
    Fellowship Restored through the 3 day work!!!!

    The continual reign of God involves the out working of that salvation, the continual entering in to that reality through trial and discipline, and the continual opening of the eyes of our hearts to fully see and grasp the Love of God in Christ.

    As Paul implies to the Galatians, “Did you recieve the Spirit via the rules you kept, or by hearing the gospel and responding in faith?”

    I believe that the 3 day work is vital to the life long walk. If not, Jesus would not have encouraged the saints to break bread “often” in rememberance of Him, His Body and His Blood.

    Didn’t mean to write a book here!
    🙂

    The Life to Live is by the faith of the Son of God!!!
    Be blessed today, brother, and hopefully see you sunday!!

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