The Gospel of the Kingdom

26 October 2014


1.   Introduction

·         Mt.24:14 “And this Gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations and then the end will come.”

·         World today is full of problems – Ebola, terrorism, Isis, poverty – people desperately need hope.

·         Gospel = Good News! Jesus declared a global awakening before He returns.

·         Witness = Evidence. Gospel of the Kingdom with demonstration of power = evidence of resurrection.

·         Mt.4:23 “Jesus preached Gospel of Kingdom with power – healings, miracles, supernatural demonstration.”


2.      What is the Kingdom of God?


(a)  Natural Kingdom = rule, influence of a King exercised over a territory to govern people.

Natural Kingdom = territory where a King rules, his laws and culture are upheld.


(b)  Kingdom of God = rule, realm where God rules over territories, people, spirits.

Kingdom =G932= realm, royalty, rule of a king rt = foundation of power.

Wherever God’s Kingdom is present – His will is obeyed, His power is demonstrated.

e.g. Mt.6:10 “Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

Mt.12:28 “If I cast out demons by the Spirit of God surely the Kingdom of God has come”

·         The Holy Spirit is the executor of the Kingdom of God – without the Holy Spirit no Kingdom is established.

·         The Kingdom of God is a spiritual Kingdom that prevails over the natural circumstances.


3.    The Impact of the Kingdom of God


(a)  It overthrows the Works of the Devil

·         Mt.12:28 “If I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the Kingdom of God has come”

Cast out =G1544= to eject, to hurl out by superior force, to throw down.

·         Jesus demonstrated the Kingdom of God by overthrowing the works of the devil – sin overcome, broken hearts healed, deliverance, healing, release from poverty.

·         The Kingdom of God is a superior Kingdom, a prevailing Kingdom (Dan.2:44), a spiritual Kingdom.


(b)  It brings Liberty and Freedom

·         2 Cor.3:17 “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty.”

·         Liberty =G1657= Freedom, unrestrained, no longer a slave, free to go at pleasure.

·         Wherever the Holy Spirit is made Lord – given rule over our life – there is freedom.

·         No freedom = Holy Spirit is not given control, something else is in control.


(c)  It brings transformed lives

·         Rom.14:17 “For the Kingdom of God is not meat and drink, but righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost.”

·         The Kingdom of God is not external – it is internal Lk.17:21 “It is within you.”

·         The Holy Spirit becomes joined to our spirit when we receive Jesus Christ as Saviour.

·         The result of surrendering to the Holy Spirit and bringing our old nature to the Cross.

(i)            Righteousness  = right relationship with God

(ii)           Peace               = internal calm and rest no matter what external circumstances

(iii)          Joy                   = internal delight and joy no matter what external circumstances

·         1 Cor.4:20 “For the Kingdom of God is not in word but in power (line missing)



4.    The Gospel of the Kingdom


(a)  Gospel Means ‘Good News’

·          Every religion has ‘good news’ – a message that it proclaims.

·          Only the gospel of the Kingdom of God is accompanied by supernatural power of God.

·          Gospel is a message of hope that the presence and power of God is at hand to ???


(b)  Diluted Gospel

·          Gospel proclaimed today often void of presence and power of God – diluted.

·         1 Cor.2:4 “My speech and preaching was not with persuasive words of human wisdom but in demonstration of the Spirit and Power of God.”

·         Rom.15:19 “Make the gentiles obedient through mighty signs and wonder, by the power of the Spirit of God so that …. I have fully preached the gospel.”


(i)    Historical Gospel

·         Believes in the God of history who did miracles – don’t believe God does miracles today.

·         Talks about what God once did in personal life – no current revelation.

(ii) Entire Gospel

·      Message is forgiveness of sin and heaven ‘one day’.

·      Message is God can bring healing, deliverance, revival ‘one day’ (future)

(iii)Social Gospel

·      Message is meeting needs in society, hunger, poverty, injustice.

·      NB key part of Kingdom living is serving people, meeting needs.

·      Message ignores presence and power of God available to transform now.

(iv)  Motivational Gospel

·         Message is self improvement without the Cross, resurrection and power of God.

·         Focus on keys to help yourself, improve yourself, prosper yourself.

·         Neglect presence, power, serving, giving.

(v)    Mystical Gospel

·         Message is in personal experiences with Gold, angels and the spirit realm.

·         Ignores clear mandate, serve others, build community, make disciples, impact lives.


(c)  Gospel of Kingdom

·         Mt.10:7-8 Preach-heal-cleanse lepers – raise the dead – cast out demons.

·          There is a King who has all authority and power.

·          He is seated on a throne in heaven.

·          His Kingdom is in the process of coming to earth.

·          His name is Jesus Christ.

·          He has come to redeem us from sin, heal the broken heart, deliver captives, heal the sick, bring prosperity to the poor.

·          His Kingdom is available here and now to you.

·          You can enter His Kingdom and experience it life now if you repent and believe.

·          He calls you to serve Him by being fruitful and advancing His Kingdom in the territory and sphere of influence He has given you.

·          He is willing to empower you by His Spirit to operate supernaturally (line missing)