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Sunday, September 25, 2011

A Testimony to all Nations

Jesus said in Matthew 24:14 “This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations and then the end will come.” Evangelicals have done a good job preaching a gospel of salvation; however, this is not the same thing as preaching the gospel of the kingdom. Salvation is important and is our entrance into the kingdom. But what are the implications once we have been rescued from the domain of darkness and transferred to the kingdom of God?

We have typically understood the gospel of the kingdom to be about salvation and church life. Jesus rarely, if ever, talked about church life. This is not to say church is of no importance. To the contrary, the church is very important to God, more important than most of us realize. However, we must have an understanding of the kingdom of God before we can fully understand the role of the church.

Jesus' primary message while on this earth revolved around the kingdom of God. Even after his resurrection, Acts 1 records that he presented himself alive appearing to many for a period of forty days speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of God. The kingdom is what he brought with him to earth. Heaven literally invaded earth and would from that point forward advance until the day when the kingdoms of this world become the kingdom of our God.

The kingdom of God literally means the rule or government of God. So, when Jesus said the gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as “A TESTIMONY”, (evidence in support of a fact or statement; proof), we can presume that there will be demonstration of this kingdom in all nations which will give testimony (evidence in support of a fact or statement; proof) to the authority and rule of our great King. It is not just a message of good and persuasive words, but a message accompanied by a demonstration of the power of God.

Every kingdom has a King. The Kingdom of God has a king and His name is Jesus. The King has come. He brought His kingdom with Him. The King is good and just. The King has loosed the chains of the enslaved, bound up the brokenhearted and proclaimed the captives free. The King has been given authority over principalities, rulers, powers, governments, disease, sickness and even death. This is the good news of the gospel of the kingdom! And this will be the testimony, (evidence in support of a fact or statement; proof), given throughout the world.