“…Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the [G]ospel of the Kingdom of God, And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.” (Mark 1:14-15)
(1 Corinthians 15:1-11)
“…the gospel of peace.” (Ephesians 6:15)
Besides the Name of our Lord and Saviour, a word within our faith, with tremendous import, is “The Gospel.” The Gospel means good news. The Gospel is good news to mankind. This Good news to mankind has been Authored by God. God used holy men of old the write what He breathed into them. Therefore, The Gospel is of Divine Authorship and Divine Authority. The Gospel is to be believed and obeyed. Those who reject the Gospel do so at their own eternal peril. They who receive the Gospel, by faith, do so to their eternal delight.
With the above being said, what is the Gospel? The main answer, most would give, is this: The Gospel is the good news, that the Lord Jesus Christ was crucified, and died for sinners, taking their sin upon His Person, He was then buried with mankind’s sin. In accordance to prophecy and promise, He rose again the (3rd) third day and was seen by over (500) five hundred men over the course of many days. We do not disagree with this. For this is the greatest of good news. Christ Jesus, the Lord and Saviour of mankind, took man’s sin upon His person, and suffered and satisfied God’s eternal wrath against sinful man. The news gets better….any person, who believes this news, and finds in the Person of Christ Jesus, a perfect substitute, can be saved from the pleasure of sin, the penalty of sin, and the power of sin, and some day the very presence of sin.
The resurrection of the Lord Jesus, gives proof, and power, to all things He every did and said. Christ came preaching the Gospel of the kingdom of God, He sent out His (12) twelve disciples and later His (70) seventy disciples to preach, as well. What message were they to preach and where were they to go? The message was the Gospel…of the kingdom of God. The Gospel was the good news that God’s kingdom was nigh present. What does that mean? Remember this, “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.?” Christ sent His disciples to the cities where He, Himself, would traverse. The message His disciples were to preach is God Kingdom…God’s will be done on earth.
Before Christ sent His disciple forth, He enabled them to heal and cast out evil spirits. So, they would first preach that God’s kingdom…reign has arrived, and then to demonstrate God’s will, they healed and worked miracles, and showed God’s power over (s)atan. All of this would demonstrate or foreshadow, it seems, the “age of grace” that Christ would usher in through His death and resurrection.
Christ instructed His disciples to take this Gospel of the Kingdom to certain places. He also instructed them to remain, and to teach, in the homes where they found persons awaiting the Messiah’s reign. He instructed them, as well, to depart from those cities that did not welcome God’s reign. The disciples should, then shake the dust from their feet, as a testimony against them.
Christ would, then, at a later time, would travel to the welcoming cities and households and would manifest the Gospel of the Kingdom of God, through preaching and miracles. Christ, Himself, is the Kingdom of God, you see.
How many Gospels are there then? The Scriptures speaks to the Gospel of the kingdom, as we have seen. The Scriptures also speaks to the Gospel of…grace, hope, peace, Jesus Christ, Christ Jesus, God, etc. There is, however, only (1) one Gospel with many glistening facets.
What should we preach today if we are to preach the Gospel? When we preach the Gospel, we do as our Lord directed us to do. We preach the Gospel of the Kingdom of God, which finds it’s power in the Gospel of Christ Jesus. We preach, “Christ crucified,” and risen. We preach that man can enter God’s kingdom through Christ, Who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life…and that man is kept out of the kingdom of God, as well, for “No man cometh unto the Father but by [M]e.”
Man must be aware, however, that if he comes to Christ, Christ will usher him into the life, where God’s will is done, on earth, as it is in heaven. The Gospel, preached this way will also bring man to the reality of a sinful life. If coming to Christ brings man to a life of holiness and righteousness, then man must be leaving a life of sin and unrighteousness.
Let me spell it out clearly, Before a man is saved, the Holy Spirit is sent declaring the Kingdom of God (the Lord Jesus) is at hand. If the Spirit finds hospitable host (one that agrees with what God has said, concerning his unrighteous life) and longs for the Lord Christ to dwell in his home, The Spirit will remain and Christ will assume the reigns from then on. In other words, a man must know he is lost, before he can be saved. The preaching of the Gospel of the Kingdom will make this plain and simple as will the preaching of “Christ crucified.”