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Introduction

In this series of posts, I would like to discuss information about the kingdom of God.  From my experience, there is quite a bit of confusion about what the kingdom of God actually is, among the various Christian churches.  In other words, different Christian denominations have completely different ideas about what the kingdom of God really is.  So, I would like to discuss my understanding of the kingdom of God, in this presentation.

What Did Jesus Preach About?

Most Christians are familiar with Jesus’ actions – i.e., what he did while he was on the earth. In other words, most Christians know that Jesus performed miracles, and that he died for our sins.  However, from my experience, most Christians are not very familiar with Jesus’ words – that is, what he said while he was on the earth.  So, here is a question for all of you: What was Jesus’ primary message – that is, what was the main subject that Jesus preached about?

Some Christians believe that Jesus’ primary message was about him dying for our sins; i.e., about his death and resurrection.  Some other Christians say that Jesus’ primary message was about following God’s commands; i.e., about living a moral life.  Jesus did speak about the above subjects, of course. However, were either of those topics his primary message? In other words, were either of those subjects the message that God sent him to proclaim?

Let’s take a look in scripture, to see if we can discover what Jesus’ primary message was. (Note that there are many more verses similar to the ones below.) Unless otherwise indicated, all verses are taken from the New American Standard Bible.

Mark 1:14-15 – 14Now after John had been taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God,  15and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

Luke 4:43 – 43But He said to them, “I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, for I was sent for this purpose.“

Luke 8:1 – 1Soon afterwards, He began going around from one city and village to another, proclaiming and preaching the kingdom of God.

Matthew 9:35 – 35Jesus was going through all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness.

The above verses look pretty clear – the primary message that Jesus preached was: the kingdom of God. In fact, the very reason why God sent Jesus was to preach about the kingdom – and that message about the kingdom is called the gospel!

next week=>  Kingdom Study 2: What Did the Apostles Preach About?

One Response to “Kingdom Study 1: What Did Jesus Preach About?”

  1. on 29 Jun 2018 at 7:52 pmJinky Pelingon

    Thanks so much for the very enlightening discussion on the kingdom of God. Want to know more on this. Would appreciate if i can receive mails on this. Thanks. Best regards and God bless

  

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