This post was updated on 5.7.2015
Kingdom Principle: The Gospel of the Kingdom is Intimacy, Fecundity, and Ecstasy with the King.
Acts 10:44-48 Psalm 98 1 John 5:1-6 John 15:9-17
http://youtu.be/upGCMl_b0n4 a youtube about my King
Jesus preached the gospel of the Kingdom of God, but many have heard that good news as some thing else: the gospel of getting out of Hell, the gospel of this world has nothing to offer me, the gospel of the Church, The gospel of good works, the gospel of health and prosperity, the gospel of Jesus and anything… in fact the Gospel of the Kingdom is not simply about Jesus.
Jesus did not speak His own words, but the words that the Father gave Him (John 8:38-42; 12:49-50; 14:24). His message was not primarily about Himself, but rather the good news that the Father ordained to be announced on earth. While Jesus Christ was by far the most important individual ever to walk this earth, the Bible shows clearly that the gospel that Jesus brought was not simply about Himself. He proclaimed the Kingdom of God:
» 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)
» And 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)
» 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)
» [Jesus] said to them, “I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, because for this purpose I have been sent.” (Luke 4:43)
» Now it came to pass, afterward, that [Jesus] went through every city and village, preaching and bringing the glad tidings [gospel] of the kingdom of God. (Luke 8:1)
» The law and the prophets were until John. Since that time the Kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is pressing into it. And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one tittle of the law to fail. (Luke 16:16-17)
» And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come. (Matthew 24:14)
The Gospel of the Kingdom is found in obedience to the King. Obedience to the King is to transfer one’s life and love unto the King and his commands, rather than the hopes of this world. It is not by power or might that this transfer takes place, rather by the Spirit of God – that extends this grace to the ends of the earth.
What then shall we say – Submit yourself unto the Principles of the Kingdom –
Jesus – stated that the commands can be summarized in this: To love God and to love your neighbor as yourself. This act of love fulfills the law – Yet the Law is not the culmination of the Kingdom – it is merely an expression of such obedience. The principles of the Kingdom can be placed into three categories – Those which produce fruit of intimacy, those which are fruit of fecundity, and those which are the fruit of ecstasy. (See reference to Nouwen last week) These words may not be the most tangible, but your character, conduct and acts of compassion become the expression of the Kingdom of God in you. All this is to produce fruit that will last – This fruit is found in the fulfillment of your personal life mission and calling with God. (the unique God given design that has been given to you, such that all your life points to this and in its fulfillment you are ushered into the presence of God) This is the culmination of all three – intimacy, fecundity and ecstasy in your life.
The Gospel of the Kingdom is for you and me – and those who are still far off….
1. Intimacy is a process of Time as Proximity – How do you come near to the Father?
2. Fecundity is a process of Intimacy as Potency – How are you changed when you are near the Father?
3. Ecstasy is a process of Intimacy x Fecundity as Purpose – How is the world changed when you are near the Father?
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