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THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
ger, as explained in Mark 1:2, was John the Baptist] and the Lord,
whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the mes–
senger ofthe covenant, whom ye delight in." The "Lord," here, of
course, refers to Jesus Christ.
That was the prophecy. The record of its happening is in the
first chapter of Mark: "The beginning of the gospel of Jesus
Christ, the Son of God." Then follows the account of John the
Baptist preparing the way before Him. Verses 12 and 13 record
the temptation of Jesus by Satan,
wherein Satan sought to destroy
Christ spiritually, before
He proclaimed a word of the message He
brought from God the Father. More about this supreme tempta–
tion and test later. Then follow verses 14 and 15:
"Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus carne into Gal–
ilee, preaching the gospel ..."
What
gospel? "... the gospel of
the kingdom of God .... " That is the gospel Christ proclaimed.
The message He brought was the message about the
Kingdom of
God.
That is the message God wanted proclaimed
AS A WITNESS
all nations! But since the first century the world has known
NOTH–
ING
of the Kingdom of God because that message was
not
pro–
claimed to the world after the first century.
That message, when explained and fully understood, covers a
very wide range ofrevealed knowledge.
lt
reveals- 1repeat- what
science has been utterly
UNABLE
to discover, what religion has
never revealed, what this world's education has never known nor
taught.
Note These Points
There are a number of points to be noted which are significant.
One is, that in Malachi's prophecy. Christ was called
a mes–
senger bearing a message
-
but moreover, He is called
the "mes–
senger of the covenant,
"which carries very important meaning, to
be explained later.
Again. notice the fifteenth verse of Mark
l.
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."
What did He mean. "The time is fulfilled"? And why was the