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).
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.” 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?
 George E. Ladd, The Presence of the Future: The Eschatology of Biblical Realism, 26