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Discover the Gospel Demonstrated

The Gospel is a present demonstration of the coming future glory of the Kingdom, rule and reign of God. We can see, in Scripture, that the kingdom of God is both “already” (Luke 11:14–20) and “not yet” (1 Corinthians 15:24).

GospelSlideWhat is the kingdom of God?

It is the sphere of God’s rule and reign that is in stark contrast to a strictly human, world-defined, flesh-defined way of life. It’s “already” because Jesus came. It’s also “not yet” for the future because He is coming again. In his book, The Presence of the Future, George E. Ladd quoted theologian Rudolf Otto, “The future heavenly realm is already breaking into the world through Jesus in the form of wonderful, supernatural, coercive power operating from above.”[1] We can see a glimpse of the future in Jesus and the Gospel as they demonstrate the kingdom of God right now on this earth.

Matthew 4:23 says, “And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people.” Jesus preached the gospel of the kingdom and then demonstrated it by healing sickness and disease as a demonstration of the future kingdom of God being in their midst—and now our midst right now.

Matthew 10:7–8 says, “And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.” The disciples preached the gospel of the kingdom, healed sick, cleansed lepers, raised the dead, and cast out demons. They taught the gospel and they demonstrated the kingdom of God through their actions.

Luke 10:8–9 says, “Whatever city you enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you. And heal the sick there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’

The Kingdom of God is near us; it’s at hand. It’s upon us. Its time is fulfilled. God is now moving in our midst. Jesus tells His disciples to demonstrate it because God’s rule and reign—His kingdom, is here now.

His Kingdom is not here in its fullness. It’s not heaven right here, right now, all the time. But every once in a while, God sees fit to touch cancer or some other horrible thing on earth with power from heaven. That, friends, is a demonstration of the gospel! That is Good News that He does this.

We have to discover and rediscover that power and that Good News. We have to come expecting the kingdom of God to be present with power! And then, we need to demonstrate that power with other people.

This Good News discovery needs to shape our Christian experience. It needs to shape how we live, and how we lead. It needs to shape what we expect and the things we consider important. There needs to be an insatiable hunger in our hearts to see the Kingdom rule and reign in our lives and through our lives. This is all Good News.

Will you say yes? Will you open your heart to Kingdom thinking and Good News demonstration?

 

[1] George E. Ladd, The Presence of the Future: The Eschatology of Biblical Realism, 26

4 responses to “Discover the Gospel Demonstrated”

  1. Eileen Koff says:

    Pastor Steve, (Eileen Here…from Long Island, I came for the Sacred Assembly and met you after service)In my workbook “Organize His Way” I have received a testimony that reflects your message. I pray it blesses you.

    “This Chapter really surprised me. The house we live in was built for us; no one had ever lived in it before. We had discarded many things before we moved in and prayed God’s blessing on our new home. So it was unexpected when I sensed the Holy Spirit reminding me of a box in my bedroom closet. It was an album of my mothers wake taken by my aunt, her sister who does this for all family members. I have never opened it. I thought I might want to see it someday, but not now. I’ve had it for 10 years. This Scripture from Matthew 22:32 came to me; Jesus was speaking about what God said, “ I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.” I felt Him telling me that there is nothing of my mother in that box. She is alive in heaven with Him. I had not even thought about the album until I cleaned out my closet. I didn’t open it but put it back on a shelf in my newly cleaned out closet. That was four days ago. Today in Chapter 11 He is telling me to let it go. I am amazed, first at how gentle His words and thoughts are to me, and how clearly I am hearing His voice. Then, how easy it is for me to let it go, because I know it’s what He wants for me. So I took the box and put it in the garage can for pick-up the next day. When I came back into my bedroom there was something different, which I can only describe as lightness, and I could feel it.

    This world and what is in it is a shadow of what is real, what is in heaven. God is there and it is His home. Yet, as a believer, He makes His home in me. He is so patient and kind. He wants my home to be a refection of Him and His ways. He loves order and peace. He delights in showing mercy. He is preparing a place for me in heaven, but He has also prepared a place for me here and now. He sees it completed and pleasing to Him. He has stared me on a life-long journey of living His way in the home that He has provided for me. He has opened a new door in our relationship and it overwhelms me and brings me to tears.

    Thank you, Lord God, for Your unfailing love. Thank you for never giving up on me”.

    Barbara Stephan

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