An airline pilot who announced over the loud speaker, “I have good news and bad news,” made this point. “The good news is that we have caught a tail wind are making great speed, well over 650 miles per hour. The bad news is that we’ve lost contact with the tower and are lost.”
Almost 2000 years ago, Jesus Christ, the very Son of God, came to earth announcing the good news about the coming Kingdom of God on the earth. This government would actually be a continuation of a line of kings that traced back to King David.
Isaiah 9:6-7 reads: “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. Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.”
Christ to Bring the Kingdom when He Returns
Jesus Christ will usher in a literal kingdom, the Kingdom of God, on earth. In Revelation 11:15 a startling announcement is made, “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!’”
Is the Kingdom Here Now?
Matthew 6:9-10: “In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.”
Some churches teach that the Kingdom of God is now on the earth. What did Christ teach His disciples to pray about the Kingdom of God? Why would Christ tell His disciples to pray for the kingdom to come IF it were already here?
Christ mentioned His kingdom was not “of this world” (John 18:36). What does that mean?
What does Hebrews 11:10 teach us about the Kingdom of God being on the earth now?
In Luke 21:31, Christ said, “…when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near. ” What was He referring to? How do you know that these events haven’t already happened? NOTE: Read verses 7-31.
Are there False Gospels?
Galatians 1:6-9: “I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. 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. 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.”
Other than the good news of the coming Kingdom of God, what other gospels are there? Have you heard any other gospels? What definitions of the “gospel” have you heard from other churches?
How many true Gospels are there? Is this gospel about Christ or about the Kingdom of God? See Mark 1:14.
Following His death and resurrection, did Jesus change His message? What was the subject of Jesus’ conversations with His disciples? Read Acts 1:3.
What did the apostle Paul feel should be done to those who “perverted” the true gospel message?
Why do you think Paul felt such a penalty would be proper? What does it say about the importance of the true gospel and keeping it pure?