Bible study Wednesday: The Gospel of Jesus

Jesus came preaching the Gospel.

“Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”” Mark 1:14-15

The gospel in this verse came from the Greek Word ‘euaggelion’ that means:

Good tidings – Glad tidings of salvation, proclamation of the Grace of God manifest and pledged in Christ.

What is the gospel according to the Bible?

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.” Romans 1:16

The gospel is the power of God made available to everyone. This power is ‘dunamis’ the miraculous power of God. The same power given in Acts 1:8 and mentioned in Acts 4:33, 6:8

What did the gospel entail?

This gospel of the power of God, what does it do?

““The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me

To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,

To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind,

To set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.”” Luke 4:18-19

  1. Gospel to the poor: The poor are those reduced to begging, destitute of wealth and influence, lacking in anything.
  2. Healing: To cure and to make whole. This verses specifically refers to healing of sicknesses of the heart and mind. That has to do with our understanding, character and our emotions.
  3. Deliverance/Freedom/Liberty: release from bondage and also forgiveness/pardon for our sins like it was never committed.
  4. Sight restoration: For the physically and mentally blind.
  5. Liberty for the oppressed: Those that have been shattered and oppressed
  6. Preach the acceptable year: Publicly proclaim the year of acceptance of everyone

What gives access to the benefits of the gospel of Christ?

  1. Being born again “Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”” John 3:3

“having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, But the word of the LORD endures forever.” Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.” I Peter 1:23,25

  1. Faith:

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”” Romans 1:16-17

The gospel revealed the righteousness of God from faith to faith. Access to understanding and living in the righteousness of God is through faith. This is what we live by under the gospel. Romans 10:8-10

Which Gospel did Jesus preach? Jesus preached the Gospel of the kingdom of God.

“Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”” Mark 1:14-15

“Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.” Matthew 9:35

Jesus preached the Kingdom of God/Heaven. Many of us know the Kingdom from the Lord’s prayer and have even recited it ‘Thy kingdom come’.  Do we really understand what the Kingdom of God entails?

Let’s start by studying what a Kingdom is.

Definition of a Kingdom (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)

  • A kingdom is a realm or region in which something is dominant, e.g, a cattle kingdom
  • An area or sphere in which one holds a preeminent position. E.g; I could say that my kitchen is my own private kingdom.

So, that means a kingdom is defined by who owns and inhabits it. This tells me two quick points to note:

  • The Kingdom of God is where the will of God takes pre-eminence. Jesus spoke in Mark 14:25, about not drinking of the fruit of the vine until He drinks it new in the Kingdom of God. It is worthy of note that this was at the time He was heading to die at the Cross and was having the last supper with His disciples. He was about to enter into the will of the Father at this point and the Kingdom of God He was referring to was Him obeying the will of the Father. “Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.” John 5:19
  • When God holds the dominant position in your life and circumstances, you can say the Kingdom of God has come to your life. When you allow God take over everything and He becomes the King and final authority over your life, the Kingdom of God has come to manifestation.

Jesus lived the kingdom life with God at the centre of it all and only did the work of His Father

“Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.” John 5:19

Who has dominion in your life? Whose will is topmost in your heart? 

The Kingdom of God is the culture you live by. Every kingdom operates according to the culture and dictates of that Kingdom. How you live your life and what fruits you bear let’s us know whose you are.

“Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said,“The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say,‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.”” Luke 17:20-21

What does the good news(gospel) of the Kingdom mean for our lives?

The Kingdom of God is a Kingdom of Power! We are to show people the Kingdom.

“For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power.” I Corinthians 4:20 (NKJV)

I love the way the New Living Translation put it,

“For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power”

“And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people.” Matthew 4:23

Jesus went around preaching the gospel and healing all kinds of diseases. He spoke the Word in power and it was always accompanied by power in action.

Which gospel do you believe today?

The gospel of Jesus accompanied with power to save, deliver and heal or the gospel with a lot of talk that does not meet the needs of those who believe it?

There is a real danger in believing a partial, incomplete or outrightly untrue gospel.

Read what Paul the Apostle had to say about perverting the truth:

“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.” Galatians 1:6-9

  • Don’t believe that the good news of the powerful works of Jesus have gone with the Apostolic times.
  • Don’t believe that the power of the gospel is for a future unachievable date. The Kingdom is with us.
  • Don’t believe that you do not need the power of God for the fullness of the gospel and that only by good works is the gospel achieved. Our good deeds for the society is excellent but it must be accompanied by the evident power of God.
  • Don’t believe a gospel that does not point you to salvation or leaves people in a spiritually stagnant state that never achieves life transformation.
  • Don’t believe a self-help gospel that exists without the power of the Cross. This kind of ‘gospel’ does not address the root of sin and is politically correct. The gospel should never leave you comfortable with sin.

The distinguishing factor is the power of God. The power that would restore us to the initial dominion planned for us at the garden of Eden which was lost with the sin of Adam. The power of the gospel restores us to God’s original plan for mankind, to reign and dominate.

Let’s take a quick look at God’s original dominion plan for us:

“Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”” Genesis 1:28

The whole earth is meant to answer to us and we are to be fruitful. The sin nature from Adam prevented this greatness. However, Jesus came with the good news of God’s plan and He paid the price for us to get it. The result is:

“For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.” Romans 5:17

My challenge to you today is that you examine your beliefs and understand that only the Gospel of the Kingdom of God as stated clearly in the Word of God should prevail in your life.

Further reading: Mark 1:14-15, Mark 10:15, Luke 6:20, Luke 9:60, Luke 10:9-11, Luke 11:20, Acts 28:31, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, Colossians 1:12-13, 1 Thessalonians 2:12.

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3 thoughts on “Bible study Wednesday: The Gospel of Jesus”

  1. Hmmm! The revelation about the kingdom of God being here is awesome. Never have I understood that! So when Jesus Christ preached the good news and said the kingdom of God is here, He meant it as he said it. The kingdom of God has been brought down upon us by believing in Jesus Christ and simply making God dominate and rule over all of our affairs. So by the kingdom of God on us, we live by some set of cultures and rules which are the manifestations of God in us! Amazing! Thank you!

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