by Andrew Cartwright
“…and this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world…, and then the end will come” -Matthew 24:14 (New King James Version)
Many thought the world would end on 21 December 2012 as the Mayan calendar seemed to suggest. Why didn’t it? Because only God knows the exact times and dates. When will the earth end? When the gospel (good news) of the kingdom of God is being preached to the ends of the earth.
Jesus said, “I must preach the kingdom of God…for this purpose I was sent” -Luke 4:43. Matthew 9:35 tells us that Jesus went about all the cities and villages preaching the gospel of the kingdom. Jesus preached about the kingdom.
What message did Jesus say we must preach?Matthew 10:7, “And as you go, preach, saying ‘the kingdom of heaven is at hand'”. Luke 9:2, “He sent them to preach the kingdom of God…” Luke 9:60, “But you go and preach the kingdom of God”. We must preach the kingdom.
What is the kingdom of God and why is it such good news? Because of Jesus, we are now sons and daughters of the king of the universe – free of sin! Jesus also restored our divine authority to dominate the earth. We have power over circumstances. We have a heavenly Father who loves us and the kingdom of heaven in us. Wherever we go, and to wherever our influence extends, we bring the kingdom of God into that place.
Jesus’ message was not about heaven. In fact, He prayed that God would NOT take us out of the earth, but keep us from the evil one (John 17:15). Much preaching is focussed on the “sweet-by-and-by”. As a result, have we become so heavenly-minded, we’re no earthly good?
Let’s put the message of the kingdom of God in its proper place – first! Let’s impact this world with the principles of the kingdom. Billions of precious souls are waiting.
Further references: Matt 4:17; Matt 4:23; Mark 1:14; Luke 8:1; Luke 16:16; Acts 8:12; Acts 20:25; Acts 28:31…
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