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THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
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Satan (verses 13-15) who
come preaching
"another gospel" (verses
4,
13, 15).
The time was at hand, when Jesus preached, for this message
to be announced! The time is at hand, today, for its true MEANING
to be made
SO
PLAIN that people may UNDERSTAND IT! (Matt.
24: 14.)
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WILL BE, in this chapter. And it is a crucial CHALLENGE to
you who now read it! And you have to UNDERSTAND what was that
news announcement, or you can never UNDERSTAND what Jesus
meant about being "born again."
What Was the News?
Notice, briefty,
first,
what that astonishing NEWS message was! The
preannouncement, in Malachi's prophecy, says: "Behold, 1 will
send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and
the Lord, whom ye seek [the Messiah]. shall suddenly cometo his
temple, even the messenger ofthe covenant ..."(Mal. 3: 1).
Now notice the beginning of the MESSENGER's proclamation
of the MESSAGE.
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is recorded in Mark's gospel, chapter 1: "The
beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God; as it is
written in the prophets ...." Then follows the citation from Mal–
achi, written above. That is followed by the account of John the
Baptist, preparing the way before the messenger.
Then, verses 14-15: "Now after that John was put in prison,
Jesus carne into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of
God, and saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is
at hand: repent ye. and believe the gospel"- that is, BELIEVE the
good news!
What IS the Kingdom of God?
What did He mean - the Kingdom of God? Jesus' whole message
- His gospel- was about the KINGDOM OF Goo! Yet few know
anything about it, today.
A kingdom is (a) a NATION composed of people, and (b) the
GOVERNMENT ofthe nation. Anda more complete eye-opening ex–
planation will follow in chapter 13.
In sorne cases, the people of a nation are the descendants -
the children - of one man. The nation of Turkey was descended