|The Gospel of the Kingdom - Part 2|
Entering the Kingdom and It's Cost
Many of these issues concern what is called discipleship. Jesus spoke on the requirements of being a disciple.
Luke 14: MKJV
26 If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple.
27 And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me, he cannot be My disciple.
28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he may have enough to finish it;
31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not first sit down and consult whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand?
32 Or else, while the other is still a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks conditions of peace.
33 So then, everyone of you who does not forsake all ...., he cannot be My disciple.
34 Salt is good, but if the salt has become tasteless, with what shall it be seasoned?
35 It is not fit for the land, nor for manure, but men throw it out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.
I explain these discipleship requirements in more detail here:
In summary then, we see that being saved is quite different in being in the Kingdom of God.
1 Thess 2: MKJV
12 that you should walk worthy of God, who has called you to His kingdom and glory.
Those already saved are called into the Kingdom of God.
2 Tim 4: LITV
18 And the Lord will deliver me from every wicked work and will save me for His heavenly kingdom; to whom be the glory to the ages of the ages. Amen.
Oh, I know, some would say that those saved are still in the Kingdom, but the point here is that these people will not be in authority in the Government of God, they will lose their desires (and perhaps their soul), and will have to take leaves of the Tree of Life as a sort of medicine or a "filler" to fill the empty places in their soul which were filled with carnality or sin.
Rev 22: NKJV
2 In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
14 Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.
15 But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie
2 Thess 1: NKJV
5 which is manifest evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you also suffer; 6 since it is a righteous thing with God to repay with tribulation those who trouble you,
To enter into the Kingdom, one must suffer. Suffering by discipleship (denying self) and by persecution. If a christian does not suffer, he will experience fire which will salt him for the new earth. That verse also shows that the Tribulation will fall upon the ungodly. That the Tribulation from God is not for the believer.
To see a more detailed look at the judgment of the unfaithful believer:
These truths bring about a completely different understanding of this scripture:
Math 24:14: And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
The gospel of the kingdom is different than the gospel of salvation:
Eph 1: NKJV
13 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,
The Gospel of Salvation has already been preached to every nation.
Acts 2: NKJV
1 When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven... 3 Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. 5 And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven. 7 Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, "Look, are not all these who speak Galileans? 8 And how is it that we hear, each in our own language in which we were born? 9 Parthians and Medes and Elamites, those dwelling in Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya adjoining Cyrene, visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11 Cretans and Arabs--we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God." 12 So they were all amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, "Whatever could this mean?" 14 But Peter... raised his voice and said to them, "Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words.
Here in Acts 2, there were Jews in Jerusalem from EVERY NATION. Yes that's right, every nation.
Toss out your history lessons. Mankind, at least the Jews, were traveling the globe at this time period, at least to those places that had nations. And so, a representative of every nation heard the gospel preached by Peter starting in verse 14. Many of the nations are even listed in verses 9-11. These Jews more than likely went back to their nations to speak about this news. You can't believe it? Want more scriptures? Ok...
Rom 10: NKJV
13 For "whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved."
14 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?
15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written:
"How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace,
Who bring glad tidings of good things!"
17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
18 But I say, have they not heard? Yes indeed:
"Their sound has gone out to all the earth,
And their words to the ends of the world."
This verse here in 18 says it went into the all the earth/world.
Here's another verse on the subject:
First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.
So the Gospel of Salvation was preached in every nation by the time the book of Romans was written. This was done by the disciples and/or the Jews who heard it in Jerusalem.
Many ministries and churches are taking this verse...
Math 24:14: And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
...and are preaching the Gospel of Salvation, thinking they are fulfilling that verse. Very few preach the Gospel of the Kingdom. To be in the Kingdom requires more than basic salvation. If you haven't read part 1 of the Gospel of the Kingdom:
The Gospel of Salvation has been preached in every nation perhaps multiple times through out history. But The Gospel of the Kingdom is finally being preached now. I believe Paul and others attempted to do so, but were unsuccessful in reaching the whole world. It is my vision and desire to be a part of the proclamation of this Gospel.
Click here to read my Tenets of Faith and my vision
I am not alone. There are others. You can find links to someone else who preaches a similar message on Part one of the Gospel of the Kingdom.
I have discovered (as of Oct 21, 04), that there is archeological evidence that indeed the Jews/Israelites/Hebrews were in North America before the founding of the United States. This evidence is in the form of a large rock with Hebrew writing listing the 10 Commandments. This is NOT Moses' list he put in the Ark, but simply a monument testifying to the fact the Jews indeed have proclaimed the gospel to every nation generations ago. Here are some links to this astounding archeological find:
There is other evidence of the Hebrews in early America as well:
By the way, it is my belief that many early nations or kingdoms were indeed traveling to the Americas, not just the Jews. There is evidence that the Romans were here and others. I can't find the old link I had of this evidence but did find one new ones:
The Gospel of the Kingdom is related to the salvation of the soul. The salvation of the spirit is what the Gospel of Salvation is about. To see the Salvation of the Soul:
Scripture points toward the fact that this gospel will be preached in the last days.
1 Pet 1: MKJV
5 by the power of God, having been kept through faith to a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time;
9 obtaining the end of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
10 About which salvation the prophets sought out and searched out, prophesying concerning the grace for you;
22 Purifying your souls in the obedience of the truth through the Spirit to unfeigned love of the brothers, love one another fervently out of a pure heart,
Dan 12: MKJV
4 But you, O Daniel, shut up the words and seal the book, even to the time of the end. Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
Look at this quote:
About the time of the End, a body of men will be raised up who will turn their attention to the prophecies, and insist upon their literal interpretation in the midst of much clamor and opposition.
-Sir Isaac Newton
So do we become christians and continue to follow our fleshly or intellectual desires? Or do we deny ourselves and follow Jesus and make Him our Lord and King besides being just our Savior. Once you are under His Lordship you become eligible to be a part in His Kingdom. If He is your Lord, then you must follow His commands. That's what defines a lord or king, one who rules. Does Jesus rule your life, or has He just saved it? By giving up your earthly pleasures you will gain MUCH more rewards.
Mark 10: MKJV
29 And Jesus answered and said, Truly I say to you, There is no man that has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands for my sake and the gospel's sake,
30 but he shall receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands with persecutions, and in the world to come, eternal life.
31 But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.
Phil 3: LITV
7 But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss because of Christ.
8 But, no, rather I also count all things to be loss because of the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them to be trash, that I might gain Christ
2 Cor 4: NKJV
17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory,
I call that the MLA, Momentary Light Affliction. Some might say, isn't this wrong to try and build a place in heaven?
Math 6: LITV
19 Do not treasure up for you treasures on the earth, where moth and rust cause to perish, and where thieves dig through and steal.
20 But treasure up for you treasures in Heaven, where neither moth nor rust cause to perish, and where thieves do not dig through and steal.
21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
22 The lamp of the body is the eye. Then if your eye is sound, all your body is light.
23 But if your eye is evil, all your body is dark. If, then, the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
24 No one is able to serve two lords; for either he will hate the one, and he will love the other; or he will cleave to the one, and he will despise the other. You are not able to serve God and wealth.
What Jesus is saying here, is that its better to save up treasure in heaven, because all that you save here on earth can be lost, but that which you save in heaven is eternal and cannot be lost. He also says that what you have your eyes on is what will lead your heart. Therefore the treasures of heaven are light and treasures on earth could be darkness. If your eye and heart is in darkness then so could the rest of you! Jesus also is saying that money is a master, and that you can't have 2 masters. Either Jesus or money (or other earthly treasures) will be your master (or Lord), not both.
Jesus described several kinds of people that lose the kingdom:
Mark 4: MKJV
3 Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow.
4 And as he sowed, it happened that indeed some fell by the wayside, and the fowls of the air came and ate it up.
5 And another fell on stony ground, where it did not have much earth. And it sprang up at once, due to not having deepness of earth.
6 And when the sun rose, it was scorched. And because it had no root, it withered away.
7 And another fell among the thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.
8 And another fell on good ground and yielded fruit, going up and increasing. And one bore thirty, and one sixty, and one a hundredfold.
14 The sower sows the Word.
15 And these are those by the wayside, where the Word is sown. And when they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the Word that was sown in their hearts.
16 And these are those likewise being sown on stony places; who, when they hear the Word, immediately receive it with gladness.
17 But they have no root in themselves, but are temporary. Afterward when affliction or persecution arises for the Word's sake, they are immediately offended.
18 And these are those being sown among thorns; such as hear the Word,
19 and the cares of this world, and the deceit of riches, and the lust about other things entering in, choke the Word, and it becomes unfruitful.
20 And these are those sown on good ground, who hear the Word and welcome it , and bear fruit, one thirty, one sixty, and one a hundredfold.
Many things can stop or distract you from the kingdom. I go into detail, the interpretation of this parable here:
Eternal Judgment: of the Believer
Here are the lists in the New Testament of who cannot be in the Kingdom:
1 Cor 6: LITV
9 Or do you not know that unjust ones will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be led astray, neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor male prostitutes, nor homosexuals,
10 nor thieves, nor covetous ones, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor plunderers shall inherit the kingdom of God.
Gal 5: NKJV
19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Eph 5: NKJV
3 But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; 4 neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. 5 For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.
27: And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.
Rev 22: NKJV
15 But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.
You need to make a choice. God gives you the freedom to choose what will fill your soul. Either by things of the world or the things of the Spirit. Again I recommend my page on Discipleship:
And the Salvation of the Soul:
To enter in to the Kingdom of God, you must be walking in the Spirit (the exact opposite of the lists I show above). I discuss walking in the Spirit here:
Walking in the Spirit
I'll leave you with these couple of scriptures to encourage the Kingdom within you:
1 Cor 9: MKJV
23 And this I do for the sake of the gospel, so that I might be partaker of it with you .
24 Do you not know that those running in a race all run, but one receives the prize? So run, that you may obtain.
25 And everyone who strives for the mastery is temperate in all things. Then those truly that they may receive a corruptible crown, but we an incorruptible.
26 So then I run, not as if I were uncertain. And so I fight, not as one who beats the air.
27 But I buffet my body, and lead it captive, lest proclaiming to others I myself might be rejected.
Gal 6: MKJV
7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked. For whatever a man sows, that he also will reap.
8 For he sowing to his flesh will reap corruption from the flesh. But he sowing to the Spirit will reap life everlasting from the Spirit.
9 But we should not lose heart in well-doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we do not faint.
10 So then as we have time, let us work good toward all, especially toward those of the household of faith.
Part 1 of the Gospel of the Kingdom:
Is the Gospel simple or complex?
The Gospel of the Kingdom vs. The Gospel of Salvation Part 2