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The Kingdom of God
Our nation and our world are in deep trouble. The cure for this deep trouble is for those of us who are devoted followers of Jesus Christ to make the main thing the main thing and get on with “preaching the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ…openly and unhindered” as the Apostle Paul modeled, even in the final years of his life when he was under house arrest for the cause of Christ and his Kingdom. (Acts 28:23)
Some of us have never spoken of the Kingdom of God, the Gospel of Matthew calls it ‘the kingdom of heaven,” to anyone. The focus on the kingdom of God that Jesus ushered in is spoken of throughout the New Testament.
The Prophet Isaiah said a predecessor would come who would be "The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight." John the Baptizer was the fulfillment of that prophesy who came preaching "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." (Matt. 3:1-3)
When Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee in fulfillment of prophesy and from that time…began to preach, saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." (Matthew 4:17)
Jesus, while he walked this earth prior to his death, burial, resurrection, and ascension, commanded his followers to “preach as you go, saying, `The kingdom of heaven is at hand.'” (Matthew 10:7)
After his resurrection he appeared to his followers over a period of forty days, speaking of the kingdom of God Acts 1:3.) His followers, like a man named Phillip, preached good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ (Acts 8:12.)
So, the Bible is clear that Christians are to testify to the kingdom of God and try to convince them about Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit and the God’s Holy Word, the Bible. (Acts 28:23)
But, what in the world happened? How has the earthly church so deviated from the main thing, producing a world in trouble?
E. Stanley Jones, in his book “The Unshakable Kingdom and the Unchanging Person,” way back in 1972 was ringing the bell of warning, but very few were listening. Listen to the "fresh as today's headline news" words of Jones as he speaks timely truth from the pages of his forty eight year old book.
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