Matthew 24:14 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. KJV
What is the gospel of the kingdom?
The gospel of the kingdom encompasses more than just the initial born again experience. The new birth is absolutely necessary, but there is more.
John 3:1 Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2 The same came to him by night, and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do, unless God is with him.”
3 Jesus answered him, “Most certainly, I tell you, unless one is born anew, he can’t see God’s Kingdom.”
4 Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?”
5 Jesus answered, “Most certainly I tell you, unless one is born of water and spirit, he can’t enter into God’s Kingdom. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh. That which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Don’t marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born anew.’ 8 The wind[b] blows where it wants to, and you hear its sound, but don’t know where it comes from and where it is going. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
9 Nicodemus answered him, “How can these things be?”
10 Jesus answered him, “Are you the teacher of Israel, and don’t understand these things? 11 Most certainly I tell you, we speak that which we know, and testify of that which we have seen, and you don’t receive our witness. 12 If I told you earthly things and you don’t believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 13 No one has ascended into heaven but he who descended out of heaven, the Son of Man, who is in heaven. 14 As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 17 For God didn’t send his Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through him. 18 He who believes in him is not judged. He who doesn’t believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God. 19 This is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light; for their works were evil. 20 For everyone who does evil hates the light, and doesn’t come to the light, lest his works would be exposed. 21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his works may be revealed, that they have been done in God.”
22 After these things, Jesus came with his disciples into the land of Judea. He stayed there with them and baptized.
If you read the New Testament, you will see that Jesus preached, and that later, the apostles who had been taught by Jesus, preached more than only being born again.
After Being Born Again
Man is made in the image of God.
“Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
Earthly parents don’t, or shouldn’t, have a baby and then just say good luck and leave it on its own. That would be called child abuse or murder.
Good parents will feed and diaper the child; bathe and clothe it. As the child grows, good parents will give it healthy food so the child can develop a good immune system. Good parents will educate the child. Good parents will teach the child about Jesus and God’s kingdom. Good parents will help the child develop properly into a moral, contributing person of society who can develop his or her talents and find his or her place in God’s scheme of things, in God’s will.
Would God the Father do less? Of course not.
God has set his church in the earth with various offices to teach and grow the church.
Ephesians 4:4 There is one body and one Spirit, even as you also were called in one hope of your calling, 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all, and in us all. 7 But to each one of us, the grace was given according to the measure of the gift of Christ. 8 Therefore he says,
“When he ascended on high,
he led captivity captive,
and gave gifts to people.”
9 Now this, “He ascended”, what is it but that he also first descended into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.
11 He gave some to be apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, shepherds and teachers; 12 for the perfecting of the saints, to the work of serving, to the building up of the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a full grown man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 that we may no longer be children, tossed back and forth and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in craftiness, after the wiles of error; 15 but speaking truth in love, we may grow up in all things into him who is the head, Christ, 16 from whom all the body, being fitted and knit together through that which every joint supplies, according to the working in measure of each individual part, makes the body increase to the building up of itself in love.
Besides the church, there is the Bible
There is the Bible that people can read. There are various audio ways to listen to the Bible if someone cannot read.
II Timothy 3:14 But you remain in the things which you have learned and have been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them. 15 From infancy, you have known the holy Scriptures which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith, which is in Christ Jesus. 16 Every Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness, 17 that each person who belongs to God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
The Kingdom of God
God has a kingdom. Jesus is King. We need to understand how the kingdom operates.
If someone told you that you could go out in the natural world without understanding how it worked and never have a problem, you would think that the person did not have common sense.
There are things you need to know in the natural world to not hurt yourself. There are multiple things you have to learn, and which children begin to learn at an early age.
- Don’t run into the street.
- Stop at a stop sign.
- Don’t touch a hot stove.
- Stay away from a rattlesnake.
- Don’t jump off a cliff…
and multiple more.
Do we think God would not be at least as good as a good parent? Of course not!
God’s Word is full of information of what to positively do and what to not do.
God’s Word will teach us not only teach us principles to navigate the natural world, but also the invisible spiritual world as well.
If we do the wrong thing in the natural, for example, run in the street, there might be a negative consequence.
And yet people and nations believe they can ignore the word of God, disobey, not follow the commandments, and not have a negative consequence. That defies common sense.
There is a certain tendency to think, “believe in Jesus and everything will be all right”.
Well, true belief, as the book of James points out, requires corresponding action, corresponding repentance and change of actions.
James 2:19 You believe that God is one. You do well. The demons also believe, and shudder. 20 But do you want to know, vain man, that faith apart from works is dead?
Living in the kingdom
The gospel of the kingdom is not only about being born again, but also about living in the Kingdom of God, under the Lordship of King Jesus. It is learning and following the laws of the kingdom. It is about following Jesus.
John 10:25 Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you don’t believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name, these testify about me. 26 But you don’t believe, because you are not of my sheep, as I told you. 27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give eternal life to them. They will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father who has given them to me is greater than all. No one is able to snatch them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”
Like any earthly family, the heavenly family has discipline.
Hebrews 12: 5 You have forgotten the exhortation which reasons with you as with children,
“My son, don’t take lightly the chastening of the Lord,
nor faint when you are reproved by him;
6 for whom the Lord loves, he disciplines,
and chastises every son whom he receives.”
We need to know what God wants of us. This comes through reading the Bible, prayer, and good Bible-based church teaching.
Finally, we know on earth there is discussion of how much time the father with the child and the relationship to the success of the child. There are studies of fatherless families and the negative consequences on children.
We are made in the image of God.
We need to spend time with our heavenly Father. Quality time, as it is called on earth. The more the better.
One hour a week at church is not enough.
If a professional reviewed a family situation and found out that the father only spent one hour of time a week with the family, the professional would say that there is a lack of quality time.
If you want your life to improve, spend more quality time with God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit.
Read the Bible.
And go to church.
And follow what God directs you to do.
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