The Gospel of the Kingdom

Text: Matthew 4:23

The Announcement

  • Jesus came preaching the gospel of the kingdom (Matthew 4:23)
  • This had been planned for a long time (Daniel 2:44; Isaiah 2:2-4)

The Kingdom at Hand

  • The establishment of the kingdom was close (Matthew 3:2; 4:17)
  • If we are still waiting for the kingdom, as some claim, then was Jesus wrong?

Establishment

  • The kingdom is the church (Matthew 16:18-19)
  • The kingdom would come in the 1st century & come with power (Mark 9:1)
  • The power would come with the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:4-5,8)
  • The Holy Spirit came on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4)
  • Christians in the 1st century were already in the kingdom (Colossians 1:13)

Law

  • The law will go forth from Zion” (Isaiah 2:3)
  • First gospel sermon preached in Jerusalem on Pentecost (Acts 2:14,40)
  • Those who received the word & were baptized continued in the apostles’ teaching (Acts 2:41-42)
  • The apostles’ doctrine came from Christ (John 14:26; 15:26; Matthew 28:18-20)

Becoming Citizens

  • Jesus explained how in giving the Great Commission (Mark 16:15-16; Luke 24:46-47)
  • Peter explained on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:37-38)

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