Gospel = Kingdom of God
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Acts 3:17-18 All the prophets spoke of the Kingdom of God. The subject of the Scriptures is Yahweh’s desire and plan for the Kingdom of God on earth.
19-21 “Refreshing” is to restore strength, to renovate, provide freshness and newness. “Restoration” is to bring back to a former position or condition, to bring to the original form.
Genesis 1:26 Originally, man was created to be in God’s image, with His likeness --“ spiritual, holy, loving, compassionate, gracious, longsuffering, forgiving, joyful, peaceful...
Man had dominion over the earth that was paradise.
27-31 Man was never a heavenly body, rather, an earthly body. 1 Corinthians 15:40 - Restoration does not indicate becoming angels living in heaven but becoming spiritual living on a renovated earth.
Acts 1:4-8 Their question was about restoring the Kingdom.
Matthew 6:9-13 “Your kingdom come” - For Jesus, the gospel was and is God’s Kingdom on earth. This is what he preached.
Matthew 4:17, 23 Jesus, not only preached the Kingdom, but demonstrated what it will be like as he lived sinlessly, powerfully, and with dominion over the earth.
Matthew 9:35-10:7 He sent his disciples to preach the same gospel.
Acts 1:8, 14:22, 19:8, 20:25, 28:23, 31 The storyline of the Bible is the Kingdom of God. Christians have been commissioned to preach the gospel, the Kingdom of God.
What do Christians preach today?
The unifying doctrine of Christian religion is: the Trinity, Jesus is God the Son, when you die you go to heaven or hell. They talk about salvation, forgiveness, new birth, healing, abundance... Most have no idea what the Kingdom of God is; therefore, the gospel is not really preached.
“This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.” Mat 24:14
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