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What Did the Apostles Preach About?

Some Christians believe that the apostles – especially Paul – preached a completely different message than Jesus did. In other words, some Christians assert that the apostles’ message has absolutely no relation whatsoever to Jesus’ message. So, let’s take a look at what the apostles preached about:

Acts 8:12 (Philip) – 12But when they believed Philip preaching the good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were being baptized, men and women alike.

Acts 19:8 (Paul) – 8And he entered the synagogue and continued speaking out boldly for three months, reasoning and persuading them about the kingdom of God.

Acts 20:25 (Paul) – 25“And now, behold, I know that all of you, among whom I went about preaching the kingdom, will no longer see my face.

Acts 28:30-31 (Paul) – 30And he stayed two full years in his own rented quarters and was welcoming all who came to him,  31preaching the kingdom of God and teaching concerning the Lord Jesus Christ with all openness, unhindered.

So, the apostles kept on preaching about the kingdom of God – just like Jesus did! The only difference is that the apostles added information about Jesus to the gospel.

The Christian Gospel Message

As we have seen previously, Jesus’ message about the kingdom is called the gospel. The apostles continued preaching the gospel of the kingdom – and they added information about Jesus to the message.  So, it appears that according to the apostles, the Christian gospel message has two “parts” to it:

  • The kingdom of God;
  • The death and resurrection of Jesus – which allows us to enter the kingdom of God.

As we can see, both parts of the gospel message have to do with the kingdom of God. As a result, in order to understand the gospel, it is necessary to understand what the kingdom of God is!

next week=> Kingdom Study 3: What Is the Kingdom?

6 Responses to “Kingdom Study 2: What Did the Apostles Preach About?”

  1. on 17 Aug 2009 at 12:21 amRay

    Yes, the apostles added information about Jesus. This information came to them by Jesus whom the eleven and Paul also met with.
    They were known of him and knew him. We need everything to get
    the full gospel. The kingdom is about a lot. It’s all about Jesus.

  2. on 17 Aug 2009 at 3:57 amBrian Keating

    Hi Ray,

    Thanks for your comment. One item that I perhaps didn’t stress enough is that there are two “parts” to the Christian gospel message – but most churches only talk about one of those parts. In other words, from my experience, most churches only talk about the death and resurrection of Jesus; they hardly ever mention the kingdom of God (and even when they do, the meaning of the kingdom is greatly obscured).

    As a result, most Christians are only getting “half” of the gospel message – and of course, we need to understand the whole message. That was the whole point of my original presentation. (This “Kingdom Study” group of postings is taken from a presentation that I gave last May.)

  3. on 17 Aug 2009 at 8:29 amSean

    Brian,

    Excellent post, though I think I would split it into 3 parts, not just two. (1) repentance in light of the kingdom (2) Jesus as Messiah because of the resurrection (3) Jesus’ death was for our sins. Jesus, of course, only preached the kingdom in his ministry (though he mentioned his death and resurrection but only in private to his disciples and they didn’t understand it). However, once Christianity went public, the first thing added to the gospel of the kingdom was the proclamation about the resurrection, which was necessary to account for the fact that Jesus had been executed by the state. After all, a crucified Messiah is a false Messiah….that is, unless his crucifixion was foreordained by God and God raises him from the dead! So, the message holds together. The organizing center and prime focus is God’s vision for the world including both judgment and restoration (i.e. the kingdom of God)…however, post-resurrection Christians can’t talk about the kingdom without talking about Jesus as King of the kingdom (i.e. Messiah), which is where resurrection and the cross enter the picture. Christianity has jettisoned the kingdom and resurrection of Jesus and focused, somewhat obsessively, on the cross (just listen to Christian radio if you doubt this statement). So, it is our task as Bible students to restore the original gospel and share it with others, both Christians and non-Christians (is this not the calling of every follower of the way of Jesus?)

  4. on 17 Aug 2009 at 10:17 amTim

    I agree with Sean … sure they taught the Kingdom of God, but what does that mean at a practical matter? Repentance … now. The resurrection as a guarantee for our future. The cross for the mistakes of our past.

  5. on 18 Aug 2009 at 12:32 amRay

    Yes we should talk about everything of the kingdom of God whether it be the cross, the resurrection, repentance, faith,
    baptism, the holy spirit, worship, prayer, patience, goodness,
    mercy, endurance, hope, kindness, meekness, gifts, callings,
    whatever. It’s all good in the kingdom. Everything in the kingdom
    gets better and better though the world may be getting worse and
    worse.

  6. on 11 Nov 2017 at 11:25 amFrancis Opoku

    I love the kingdom message, i need morel

  

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