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Gospel of the Kingdom Pt 1


Gospel of the Kingdom Pt 1
GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM
The Gospel of the Kingdom is the Gospel of power. It is a Gospel of cause and effect! In this chapter, you'll discover the power that is in the gospel of the Kingdom and why miracles must happen. Discover how the power of the Gospel of the Kingdom releases signs and wonders as you go out to proclaim God's "Kingdom come" to the captive. Learn how to witness with boldness and strength, overcoming fears or reticence. Be filled with faith and power through confidence in the Gospel and in "God with us." Finally, it is my heart that you receive impartation and release into the ministry of miracles.

THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO PAUL

God doesn't want us to walk in darkness, but rather to walk with our spiritual eyes wide open so that we can see what He is saying and doing in Heaven. Jesus made this possible through the redemptive power of the Cross. Because of His sacrifice, He opened the Kingdom for all believers to minister and function as He did, in the power and the anointing of the Holy Spirit.

If you can get a revelation of this verse penned by Paul, you will see miracles, because the revelation of the Gospel is the revelation of the arm of the Lord (see Isa. 53:1). Power went along with the word of Christ to heal, save, and deliver.

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 of God is the power of God! The Gospel without power is not the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus always connected the Kingdom and the Gospel together. The Kingdom is the creative power of God taken out of the heavens into an earthly scene for a supernatural release of miracles.

If you hear the good news of Jesus Christ preached but don't see people saved, healed, delivered, or transformed, you're not hearing the full Kingdom Gospel. Sadly, our gospel today, for the most part, has become one of "I think," or "In my opinion," and eve, "If you'd like to believe with me, this is what I think." Thank goodness the Word of the Lord never returns void (see Isa. 55:10-11). Many in the Body of Christ have sacrificed the Gospel of power for the gospel of political correctness, a gospel that doesn't upset the order for the day, or a sterile one with no depth, reality, or wonder-working power. Consequently, many churches are empty, dry, or filled with thirsty, sick, dying, desperate people.

"I am not ashamed of the gospel" reveals Paul's heart to the sophisticated Romans. He likely wrote this because some there in the higher echelons might be embarrassed or too prideful to e known as followers of Jesus Christ who was crucified for their sins, especially since the lower castes were embracing the good news. Paul wasn't ashamed. He boldly said, "For it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes," because he knew that the good news of Jesus Christ has inherent power and that everyone—young, old, poor, and rich—needed Jesus. This Paul knew by experience because he had seen the dynamite (dunamis) power of God at work. We don't give the Gospel power, but we can stop hindering God's power by effectively preaching and demonstration the dunamis Gospel of Christ.

When the disciples went about preaching the good news, it was more than a news flash. It had power! Every word of it had power. It wasn't advice on how people could lift their spirits. It was powerful enough to lift their spirits. It wasn't a "Ten Steps to Healing Thyself" program. The message itself could heal even the vilest of disease. The Gospel doesn't bring power because it is power. It is God the Creator's power. It is the Holy Spirit working through the Word, and without His power, the Gospel is but a folded newspaper. The power of God's Word will give a person the faith to entrust his or her whole life to Jesus in a heartbeat.
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Paul had to have confidence I the power of the Gospel even to preach it or encourage others to preach it to the Romans because Rome thought it knew all about power. But for all the power they boasted about and thought they had as the world’s powerhouse empire of the day, for all of their power, they were unable to turn away from their “cesspools of iniquity.” Like all of us, they were powerless to make themselves righteous before God. Such is the everlasting and mighty power of the gospel of the Kingdom—that the Gospel of Jesus lives. Note that the power of the Roman Empire is long gone. Heaven and earth will pass away, but God’s word will “by no means pass away” (Matt. 24:35)

CAUSE AND EFFECT

Words, words, words! We’re inundated with words every day through television, the radio, the newspapers, self-help books, magazines, sermons, seminars, conferences, school, and so on. What the world doesn’t need are more words that don’t carry power. What it does need is the power and truth found in the words of the Gospel: the power for healings, and the power for freedom from oppression; but most of all, it needs the power to change minds, to change hearts, and to change lives. The world needs the invading, life-changing, transforming power of the Gospel of Jesus by the Holy Spirit.

The Gospel transformed the lives of the Christian of Thessalonica. Paul said, “For our Gospel did not come to you I word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance…” (1Thess. 1:5).

If the greatest preacher in the world preached the Gospel to a stadium filled with people, but the Holy Spirit didn’t work through the Word, the preacher’s words would be as empty as everyone other word we hear, cause there’d be no power in the message. The Holy Spirit works through the Word for cause and effect, that everyone who hears the good news would receive power and life and thus experience life-changing transformation. With the Holy Spirit working through the Word, we can preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ with assurance, confidence, and boldness and see instant results.

What happened when the Thessalonians heard the Gospel of power? They became followers (see Thess. 1:6). They did an about-face and stopped following dead things. Yes, they were afflicted by following Christ. Nevertheless, Paul had confidence in the power of God, and he knew where he was going, and they followed his lead. They received the good news even when it came with hardship. They received it joyfully, with the joy of the Holy Spirit! Then, like Paul, they themselves became examples to other believers (see Thess. 1:7).

This is exactly how Kingdom work should happen. Even though the Thessalonians had only followed Jesus a short time, they were examples of Christ’s love and power. This is what the world needs—this working of the Holy Spirit through the Word. The power of the Gospel and the Holy Spirit fueling it makes us bold witnesses. It is our work to show the world Christianity, to live it, demonstrate it, and not just talk about it, When that happens, when the Body of believers boldly witness, the world will talk about it. Think front page headlines, top-of-the news hour!

News of the Thessalonians’ transformation spread like wildfire. (Thessalonica was a major commercial center that people traveled to for trade and so on, so news traveled fast.) Paul said, “From you the word of the Lord has sounded forth” (Thess. 1:8a). In that context, it meant that the words that they preached were like a trumpet blast! It wasn’t long before the entire region had heard about their works.

Imagine what would happen in the marketplace of today if we, as the people of Thessalonica did, would sound forth the Gospel of power. Can you imagine how far and fast that trumpet would sound to the nations?



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