We Have a Commission
Mark 16:15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.
Mark 16:16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.
How does it go out to all the world if we stop it at any time?
How could we have this opportunity that we now have if it were not for the preaching of the gospel?
Mark 16:16 …will be saved
The process of God saving us will not be finished until our resurrection at the time of Jesus Christ’s return.
It is crucial that we continue to preach the gospel
What Is a Gospel?
Gospel in Greek euaggelion
eu good and aggelos word for angel or messenger
So the good message or the good news
It is important to define
Galatians 1:6 I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel,
Galatians 1:7 which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ.
Galatians 1:8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.
Galatians 1:9 As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed. [2 Corinthians 11:4]
So What is the True Gospel?
This is not a surprise that many are confused on the subject:
Mark 4:11 And He said to them, “To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to those who are outside, all things come in parables,
Let Jesus Christ define it:
Mark 1:1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
Mark 1:14 Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God.
Mark 1:15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”
Luke 8:1 Now it came to pass, afterward, that He went through every city and village, preaching and bringing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with Him,
Luke 9:11 But when the multitudes knew it, they followed Him; and He received them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who had need of healing.
Luke 4:42 Now when it was day, He departed and went into a deserted place. And the crowd sought Him and came to Him, and tried to keep Him from leaving them;
Luke 4:43 but He said to them, “I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, because for this purpose I have been sent.”
Luke 4:44 And He was preaching in the synagogues of Galilee.
Even after His Resurrection
Acts 1:1 The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,
Acts 1:2 until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen,
Acts 1:3 to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.
Disciples Preached the same message
Notice how He sent them out
Luke 9:1 Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases.
Luke 9:2 He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.
Part of our commission
Matthew 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.
What is the Kingdom of God?
Kingdom is composed of four main elements: ruler, territory, law, and subjects
Let’s start from the end:
Revelation 22:3 And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him.
Revelation 22:4 They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads.
Revelation 22:5 There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.
Revelation 22:14 Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.
This is the GOOD NEWS that is the gospel and has always been the Gospel:
Isaiah 52:7 How beautiful upon the mountains Are the feet of him who brings good news, Who proclaims peace, Who brings glad tidings [same word as “good news”] of good things, Who proclaims salvation, Who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”
When we put all this together it sounds like a government…because it is! The Kingdom of God is the government of God
Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:7 Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end,
He puts these two together.
It has not been peaceful for probably billions of years.
God has had a plan from before the world began
This has always been the Gospel (Old Testament times, New Testament times and:
Revelation 14:6 Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people—
When His plan is complete and His Kingdom is in place then there will be no end to what we all can do together in harmony.
Let’s see WHAT else is associated with the Kingdom of God?
As we begin to paint this picture of the Kingdom of God we see that there many things associated with it and components to it:
Mark 10:17 Now as He was going out on the road, one came running, knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?”
Mark 10:18 So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God.
Mark 10:19 You know the commandments: ‘DO NOT COMMIT ADULTERY,’ ‘DO NOT MURDER,’ ‘DO NOT STEAL,’ ‘DO NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS,’ ‘Do not defraud,’ ‘HONOR YOUR FATHER AND YOUR MOTHER.'”
Matthew 19:16 Now behold, one came and said to Him, “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?”
Matthew 19:17 So He said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.”
Mark 10:20 And he answered and said to Him, “Teacher, all these things I have kept from my youth.”
Mark 10:21 Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.”
[He had to change]
Mark 10:22 But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
Mark 10:23 Then Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!”
Mark 10:24 And the disciples were astonished at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, “Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God!
Mark 10:25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
Mark 10:26 And they were greatly astonished, saying among themselves, “Who then can be saved?”
Mark 10:27 But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.”
Mark 10:28 Then Peter began to say to Him, “See, we have left all and followed You.”
Mark 10:29 So Jesus answered and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel’s,
Mark 10:30 who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time—houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions—and in the age to come, eternal life.
Also note that they had not yet entered it – they were looking forward to it in the future
Different Names and Aspects of the Greater Message
One of the sometimes confusing is that the Bible refers to this gospel in different ways:
Kingdom of God tells us whose Kingdom it is and where it originated
Another way of saying Kingdom of God is: God’s kingdom; it is possessive and shows whose it is when there is a person or personage tied to it.
We need to bear this in mind because scripture occasionally calls the gospel by names other than “the gospel of the kingdom of God.”
Gospel of God
Romans 1:1 Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God
Shows origination, but it doesn’t stop there
Gospel of Christ
Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.
His gospel too, the one that He preached that He got from the Father
hold your finger in Romans
Acts 10:36 The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ
Gospel of Peace
Now back to Romans that this Gospel has many aspects to it and they are all apart of the encompassing plan and wonderful future that God has for mankind:
Romans 10:15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF PEACE, WHO BRING GLAD TIDINGS OF GOOD THINGS!”
Gospel of Grace
Acts 20:24 But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
This aspect of the gospel message has to do with us, His subjects
By grace we are called and saved. It is the out pouring of His love, beyond what we deserve, so that we can have a chance to be a part of His Kingdom
Gospel of Our Salvation
Ephesians 1:13 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,
Gospel of the Glory of Christ
2 Corinthians 4:4 whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.
Part of the gospel is about Jesus Christ – not ALL of it though
Of course we have to understand some of the very crucial parts that He played in it, but it is not solely about Him.
WHEN does the Kingdom of God come?
Or has it already come?
Kingdom of God is “Within You”
Luke 17:20 Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation;
Luke 17:21 nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.”
I think it would be ridiculous to conclude that the Kingdom of God was bound up in the hearts of the Pharisee. They were hypocrites, who hated and wanted to kill Jesus. Their hearts were evil and desperately wicked and stony…God’s law couldn’t be written there. They were not receptive to Christ’s word and His ways. So this is not possible what it could mean.
There are many other translations that have it better rendered. A couple of the literal versions I use:
(ISV) People won’t be saying, ‘Look! Here it is!’ or ‘There it is!’ because now the kingdom of God is among you.”
(LITV) nor will they say, Lo, here! Or, Lo, there! For behold the kingdom of God is in your midst.
Better translation of the Greek word entos and of course it makes more sense especially when we know that the King is associated and often synonymous with the Kingdom.
Did it come with Jesus Christ the first time? This is what the Jews were expecting! Why because they read it in the Old Testament….that Jesus Christ would come with power and establish the Kingdom but it would be His second coming.
Matthew 6:9 In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.
Matthew 6:10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.
This is the way that they were to continue to pray. Even though Christ was there among them, He told them to pray that it come some time in the future.
Still Yet in the Future
Luke 21:31 So you also, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near.
What things? Olivet prophecy; Parallel in Matthew 24;
Luke 21:10 Then He said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.
Luke 21:11 And there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven.
This is the end-time;
Luke 21:25 “And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring;
Luke 21:26 men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
Luke 21:27 Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
Luke 21:28 Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”
Luke 21:31 So you also, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near.
These things have not happened yet; so therefore the Kingdom of God has not come yet
At His Return
Revelation 11:15 Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!”