God’s invitation to you
When Jesus started His ministry
He started out by saying, “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is near.”
Matthew 4:17 (ESV)
From that time Jesus began to preach,
saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."
Even John the Baptist whose responsibility was to pave the way for Jesus (Matthew 3:3), said the same thing, “Repent
for the kingdom of God is near.”
Matthew 3:2 (ESV)
"Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."
But why did they say that? Why did they say that the kingdom of God is near? Did they mean that the end of the world as they knew it would come in their lifetime? Or is it something entirely different than what most would think?
John the Baptist was beheaded but no visible sign that the kingdom of God ever came……the end of the world did not come. But Jesus
continued to preach the kingdom of God, and even told His disciples to preach it as will.
Matthew 4:23 (MontgomeryNT)
Then Jesus went about through Galilee, teaching in the
synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and infirmity among the people.
Luke 10:8-9 (ESV)
Whenever you enter a town and they receive you, eat what is set before you.
Heal the sick in it and say to them, 'The kingdom of God has come near to you.'
The kingdom of God was near because for the first time since Adam sinned; the kingdom of God was not only about to be set up, but that Jesus was inviting any and all to enter it. The
kingdom of God was set up after Jesus rose from the dead; He defeated Satan and took back from Satan what Adam gave to him when they sinned. Satan said to Jesus after He fasted for forth days and forty nights, that all those kingdoms was delivered to him,
and could give it to whomever he wished.
Luke 4:5-7 (MontgomeryNT)
the devil led him up and showed him all the kingdoms of the inhabited earth in an instant of time, and the devil said to him.
To you will I give all this authority and this glory; for it has been handed over to me,
and I give it to whomever I wish.
If then you will worship me, it shall all be yours."
This was a real temptation because Satan was saying to Jesus that
He did not have to go through suffering on the cross and dying. All Jesus needed to do was bow down and worship him. Had Jesus done that, He would have put God’s kingdom on the Earth, under the rule and authority of Satan himself…..Jesus
would have sinned, and God would have failed and man would have still be under Satan’s rule/influence.
Before Jesus left for Heaven, He gave His disciples, and those who believed the gospel control over the world……He left it in their/his people’s hands, to go out and make disciples/students in all Nations....this has nothing to do
with religion. Jesus does not want His people to deligate responsibility to others; He wants His people to have a direct impact in the world. The gospel is about the government of God being restablished and administered on the Earth through
man, via His brothers and sisters.
Jesus did not leave the world in the hands of governments or politicians, but in the hands of His
people; they are to take control of every aspect of society…..the schools, business, tv, sports, technology and so on. He said to them, “All authority in Heaven and on the Earth was given to Him, so go and make disciples in all Nations.”
Matthew 28:18-20 (ASV)
And Jesus came to them and spake unto them, saying, All authority hath been given unto me in heaven and on earth.
Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit:
teaching them to observe all things whatsoever
I commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.
His people have nothing to fear because Jesus
is in control…..Jesus is head of every single authority that exist on the Earth. So if they have any problem with the government, the military, the police or whatever, all they need to do is bring the situation to Jesus, in prayer and He will provide
But how does one enter the kingdom of God? The answer is by believing the gospel. And what is the gospel? The gospel is God’s invitation through Jesus to all, to enter the kingdom of God, by repenting and using the gifts that Jesus has given all of us.
may not believe that they have any gift, but we all do. We just have to find out what those gifts are, and use them to the advancement of the kingdom of God…….your gifts is your purpose. Typically, ones gift something that a person has a passion
about or is good in or enjoys doing. For example, it could be teaching, working with the eldery, music or health. Jesus used one of His gifts to heal the sick, rais the dead, and even multiply food to feed those He was teaching.
Some misuse their gifts, so they would need to re-channel that into something more constructive and beneficial to others so as long as it glorifies God.
If you believe that the gifts that you have was given to you by Jesus/God, then you should repent, which means to change your way of thinking, and use your gifts for the advancement
of God’s kingdom.
If you are faithful to the end, you will be rewarded at Jesus’ second coming with rule ship with Him forever in the kingdom of God. Repentance is not a religious world;
it means changing one’s mind, which will leads to a different way of doing things.
As you use
your gifts, you will discover more gifts; that will also allow you to greater good,and in the end receive more authority in the kingdom of God, so that you can do far more than what you were able to do before.
Luke 19:12-19 (ASV)
He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country, to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.
And he called ten servants of his, and gave them ten pounds, and said unto them, Trade ye herewith till I come.
But his citizens hated him, and sent an ambassage after him, saying,
We will not that this man reign over us.
And it came to pass, when he was come back again, having received the kingdom, that he commanded these servants, unto whom he had given the money, to be called to him, that
he might know what they had gained by trading.
And the first came before him, saying, Lord, thy pound hath made ten pounds more.
And he said unto him, Well done, thou good servant: because thou wast found faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities.
And the second came, saying, Thy pound, Lord, hath made five pounds.
And he said unto him also, Be thou also over five cities.
The more good you do with what Jesus
has given you, is the greater the reward you will recieve from Jesus when He returns.
The ruler ship that you will receive
will be a continuation of what you were doing before, only that you will have not only have more control. No one will be able to hinder your work; you will be immortal and filled with the power of God and your word will be law, but your desire will always
be what is in the best interest of others.
Basically here's what the gospel is
The gospel is The Father’s
invitation to us, that He gave to Jesus to give to us, which He preached in the form of parables. To enter His kingdom, you do so by being baptized, then use the gifts that Jesus has given you for the advancement of the kingdom
It does not matter if you a Christian or someone that has never been to Church; He has given you gifts. He wants you
to use it after you have changed your way of thinking and recieved the Holy Spirit, which is given at the laying on of hands after baptism by a minister of the gospel.....the gospel simply means good news.
Ephesians 4:8 (MontgomeryNT)
Thus it is said, When he ascended on high, he led captivity captive and gave gifts to men.
And if you remain true and faithful and increase the gifts, you will be rewarded at Jesus second coming with more authority in the kingdom of God…..and
this is only just the beginning; there are even greater and never ending rewards to come.