Sunday, November 9, 2008

Thesis 57: Kingship, Citizenship, and The Gospel

The Gospel of the Kingdom[1] is the “good news” of the advent of the Messiah (“Anointed King”[2]) foretold by the Old Testament Prophets; the Son of God has come and we will be mercifully blessed by this King if we repent and submit to Him.[3] He promises to dwell with the one who obeys His Word[4] and yet this very power to obey is itself a gift from the King.[5]

1. Mark 1:14-15
2. John 4:25-26
3. Matthew 5:1-12; Deuteronomy 28:1-14
4. John 14:21,23; Acts 5:32
5. John 1:12; Philippians 2:13; 1 Corinthians 15:10; Romans 8:3-4; Ezekiel 36:27

Jesus preached "the Gospel of the Kingdom."
Jesus pronounced blessings for obedience to the true Law (as He laid it down, purged of pharisaical corruption).
Jesus promised reconciliation/fellowship.

Isaiah 33:22
For the LORD is our Judge, The LORD is our Lawgiver, The LORD is our King; He will save us.

The Good News of the Kingdom is in conflict with the bad news of all humanistic kingdoms:

Revelation 11:15
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!”

Matthew 28:18-20
18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

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