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The Kingdom

19th March 2007, mgh

 

4) Kingdom in the New Testament

The beginning of the New Testament also deals with the Kingdom of God. John the Baptist went before Jesus proclaiming that Jesus was the Messiah, Israel's future king.

And you, John, will be called a prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the face of the Lord to make ready his ways, to give knowledge of salvation to his people by the remission of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, whereby the dawn from on high will visit us, to shine on those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death; to guide our feet into the way of peace." (Luke 1:76-79 WEB)
In those days, John the Baptizer came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying, "Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!" For this is he who was spoken of by Isaiah the prophet, saying, "The voice of one crying in the wilderness, make ready the way of the Lord. Make his paths straight." (Mat 3:1-3 WEB)

For John the baptist, the Kingdom of God was at hand because the king was about to be revealed to the nation.

After being baptised by John many places in the New Testament record that Jesus began his ministry which was to preach the Gospel, the glad news of the coming Kingdom.

Jesus went about in all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the Good News of the Kingdom, and healing every disease and every sickness among the people. (Matthew 4:23 WEB)

At that time of Jesus' ministry the Kingdom had not yet come. The future king, however, had been revealed and was with them.

Now after John was taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the Good News of the Kingdom of God, and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand! Repent, and believe in the Good News." (Mark 1:14-15 WEB)

Jesus, John the Baptist and the Disciples all believed and proclaimed that the Kingdom of God was going to come. The time was not specified.

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