Message and Hope of the Gospel

SYNOPSIS – The Church is summoned to proclaim the Good News of the kingdom in every inhabited corner of the earth before Jesus returns in glory to consummate all things

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After his resurrection, Jesus appeared to the disciples and proclaimed - “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations.” During his ministry, he commanded them not to preach to the Gentiles or Samaritans. However, he did so on several occasions, thus anticipating the opening of the gospel to the “nations.” But initially, his disciples were to proclaim the good news of the Kingdom only to the “lost sheep of Israel” - (Matthew 10:1-6, 28:18-19).

But once Jesus had been elevated to the Lord over all thingshis followers were tasked with bringing the “Gospel of the Kingdom of God” to all the nations - To Jews and Gentiles alike.  Just before he ascended to heaven, he commanded the disciples to tarry in Jerusalem until they “received power when the Holy Spirit came upon them.”  Thereafter, they were to be “his witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the uttermost part of the earth” - (Acts 1:7-9).

The Apostle Paul wrote a lengthy letter to the churches in the city of Rome. These congregations were experiencing tensions between their Jewish and Gentile members.  In the letter, he described the “righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe, for there is no distinction.”  Sin is the Great Leveler that puts every man and woman in the same desperate place - Both Jew and Gentile. And because “God is one” and the Creator of all men, He offers salvation to all men and women regardless of ethnicity and on the same basis:
  • (Romans 3:22-30) – “A righteousness of God through faith in [Jesus] Christ, unto all that have faith; FOR THERE IS NO DISTINCTION,— For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; Being declared righteous freely by his favour through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:— Whom God hath set forth as a propitiatory covering, through faith in his blood, for a showing forth of his righteousness, by reason of the passing-by of the previously committed sins In the forbearance of God,— with a view to a showing forth of his righteousness in the present season, that he might be righteous even when declaring righteous him that hath faith in Jesus. Where, then, the boasting! It is excluded. Through what kind of law? Of works? Nay! but through a law of faith: For we reckon that a man is to be declared righteous by faith apart from works of law. Or [is God] the God of Jews only, and not of the nations also? Yea! of the nations also:—If, at all events, God is one, who will declare righteous— the circumcision by faith, and the uncircumcision through their faith.” – (The Emphasized Bible).
Now, all may receive this right-standing before God on the same basis - Whether Jew or Gentile - From the faith of Jesus.  Therefore, there are no grounds for human boasting or self-confidence - “Since all have sinned and lack the glory of God.”

Paul appealed to his monotheistic faith.  “Is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also since God is one and he will justify the circumcised from faith and the uncircumcised through faith.” No individual is more advantaged or disadvantaged before God because of his or her ancestry, national origin, or native culture.
  • But now do ye also put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, railing, shameful speaking out of your mouth: lie not one to another; seeing that ye have put off the old man with his doings, and have put on the new man that is being renewed unto knowledge after the image of him that created him: where there cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, bondman, freeman; but Christ is all and in all.” – (Colossians 3:9-11).
God is creating a new humanity in Christ - One drawn from every nation – And is shaping it into the image of His Son. The traditional distinctions of race, gender, and economic status are inappropriate in this new humanity - The “body of Christ.” The announcement of God’s glorious salvation is One Message intended for all men and women. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is a message that transcends and tears down all such man-made walls.
  • The scriptures declare that all believers are the “sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female:  for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed, heirs according to promise” - (Galatians 3:28).
The primary task of the Church is to proclaim this good news in every inhabited corner of the earth - Its completion is necessary before this fallen age will end with the return of Jesus in glory.
And National borders, cultural imperatives, and ethnic barriers will not prevent the proclamation of the Kingdom from reaching its intended consummation - (Matthew 24:14).
A day is coming when the destructive works of the Devil will vanish from the earth.  Sin and the “last enemy, Death” will be eliminated forever.  This grand triumph will coincide with the arrival of Jesus in majesty and power at the “end of the age.” At that time, he will resurrect the righteous dead, vanquish “Death,” reward his faithful followers, and usher in the consummated Kingdom of God - (1 Corinthians 15:20-28).

Thereafter, God’s reign will prevail unhindered throughout the Universe.  In the interim, His sons and daughters are called to proclaim this Good News to any and to all men who will hear and respond in faith.

The Good News about what God has accomplished in Jesus is for every man and woman wherever he or she may live.  All men have sinned, all need God’s gracious salvation, no man deserves it. However, God has graciously made it available freely to anyone - And to all on the same basis - Faith in Jesus Christ.  Thus, in the truest sense, the “Gospel of the Kingdom of God” is a universal and “inclusive” message.

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