Theology | Scriptural Basis for the Gospel of the Kingdom

The Gospel of the Kingdom simply put says:  There is a man (Jesus Christ - both head and body) sitting now upon the throne of God within the heavens who rules (present tense) over the affairs of His creation.

Ephesians 1:19-23 (KJV)
19   And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
20   Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
21   Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
22   And hath put all things under his feet,
and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
23   Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

Psalm 103:19 (KJV)
19   The LORD hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.

God has not left His creation to its own keeping.

Psalm 145:8-20 (KJV)
8   The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.
9   The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.
10   All thy works shall praise thee, O LORD; and thy saints shall bless thee.
11   They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power;
12   To make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of his kingdom.
13   Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations.
14   The LORD upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down.
15   The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season.
16   Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing.
17   The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.
18   The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.
19   He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them.
20   The LORD preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy.

Satan has been completely defeated!  Therefore let us celebrate the Lord Jesus and His victory through His finished work on the cross.

John 12:31 (KJV)
31   Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.

Hebrews 2:14 (KJV)
14   Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same;
that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

1 John 3:8 (KJV)
8   He that committeth sin is of the devil;
for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

The Kingdom is simply wherever Jesus is made to be Lord (Jehovah / Father) and King (Jesus the Anointed Christ).

Isaiah 9:6-7 (KJV)
6   For unto us
a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
7   Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

Revelation 1:4-6 (KJV)
4   John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;
5   And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
6   And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

Acts 2:36 (KJV)
36   Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made the same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.

One does not have to physically die to enter the Kingdom of Christ.   But one must be born from above.

John 3:3-5 (KJV)
3   Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
4   Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?
5   Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

Ephesians 2:1-7 (KJV)
1   And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
2   Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
3   Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
4   But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
5   Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
6   And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
7   That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

The Kingdom isn't for another time only (Heaven), nor is it only for another people called the natural Jew.  Rather, the true Jew is you (whoever is born again).

Romans 2:28-29 (KJV)
28   For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:
29   But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

Galatians 3:13-29 (KJV)
13   Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
14   That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
15   Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man's covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto.
16   Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.
17   And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect.
18   For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.
19   Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.
20   Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one.
21   Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.
22   But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.
23   But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
24   Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
25   But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
26   For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
27   For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
28   There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
29   And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Ephesians 2:11-22 (KJV)
11   Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;
12   That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
13   But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
14   For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
15   Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
16   And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
17   And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.
18   For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
19   Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
20   And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
21   In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
22   In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

The Kingdom does not start on or through some special observation, such as a certain nation or church, but it does start in the heart of every believer of God through Jesus Christ.

Luke 17:20-21 (KJV)
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 cometh not with observation:
21   Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

The great triumph of Jesus is not His second coming, but rather it was His first coming and His resurrection and ascension to God's / King David's throne within the heavens.

Ephesians 4:8-16 (KJV)
8   Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
9   (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?
10   He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)
11   And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12   For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
13   Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
14   That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
15   But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
16   From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

The whole of Christendom believes in the promised Kingdom of God.  The controversy only concerns its timing.  The keynote verse of scripture depicting this timing is Psalm 132:11:

Psalm 132:11
11   The LORD hath sworn in truth unto David; he will not turn from it; Of the fruit of thy body will I set upon thy throne.

Due to incomplete information, many of God's people have been taught that this will be fulfilled at Christ's second coming.  The holy scriptures have testified differently.  The Apostle Peter, quoting this Old Testament, verse says that its fulfillment was at the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Acts 2:29-31 (KJV)
29   Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day.
30   Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;
31   He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.

The Apostle Paul, in agreement, says the same is Acts 13:32-33, Romans 1:1-6, and Romans 15:8.

Acts 13:32-33 (KJV)
32   And we declare unto you glad tidings, how that the promise which was made unto the fathers,
33   God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.

Romans 1:1-6 (KJV)
1   Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,
2   (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,)
3   Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;
4   And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:
5   By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:
6   Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ:

Romans 15:8 (KJV)
8   Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers:

The prophet Daniel agrees when he foresaw this is a vision, as the covenant messenger, Messiah, receives His Kingdom from God the Father in His ascension and not at His second coming.

Daniel 7:13-14 (NASB)

The Son of Man Presented

13   "I kept looking in the night visions, And behold, with the clouds of heaven One like a Son of Man was coming,
and He came up to the Ancient of Days and was presented before Him.

14    "And to Him was given dominion, glory and a kingdom, that all the peoples, nations and men of every language might serve Him.  His dominion is an everlasting dominion which will not pass away; And His kingdom is one which will not be destroyed.

The good news of this gospel is that the Kingdom is a present reality and that the Church does not have to wait for the second coming of Jesus to be victorious.  We believe that it is time to "possess the gates of the enemy" and declare that Christ's Kingdom has come!

Scripture supports the gospel of the Kingdom by showing that God's plan for the full restoration of mankind is working out in a process of "progressive revelation."  This process reveals God's universal laws governing growth and development.  In the next section, we will examine how progressive revelation is demonstrated through the "three dimensions of Christian maturity."
 


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