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THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
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Kingdom ofGod
then
"at hand," when it had not been
before
that
precise time?
These points are of prime significance.
But first, before 1 explain more fully just
what
the Kingdom
of God is, notice further that this definitely
is
the very gospel mes–
sage Christ brought from God the Father - the same gospel the
original apostles proclaimed - the same gospel the apostle Paul
proclaimed to the Gentiles.
Christ Brought No Other Gospel
Jesus said,
"1
must preach the kingdom of God to other cities
also:for
therefore am 1
sent"(Luke 4:43).
Jesus commissioned His disciples to teach the Kingdom of
God. "Then he called the twelve disciples together, and ... he
sent them to preach the kingdom ofGod ..." (Luke 9: 1-2).
"But when they believed Philip preaching the things con–
cerning
the kingdom of God,
and the name of Jesus Christ, they
were baptized, both men and women" (Acts 8: 12).
"And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their syna–
gogues, and preaching
the gospel ofthe kingdom ...
"(Matt. 4:23).
Jesus' parables concerned the Kingdom ofGod.
To His disciples, in explaining the parable of the sower, He
said: "Unto you it is given to know the mystery of
the kingdom of
God"
and then He explained to them the parable.
Again, "Then said he [Jesus], Unto what is
the kingdom of
God
like? and whereunto shall
1
resemble it?" (Luke 13:
18)-
and
then carne a parable.
"And again he said, Whereunto shall
1
liken
the kingdom of
God?
It
is like leaven ..." - and then follows the parable of the
leaven (Luke 13:20-21).
One of His most important parables is recorded in the nine–
teenth chapter of Luke: " ... he added and spake a parable, be–
cause he was nigh to Jerusalem, and
because they thought that the
kingdom of'God should immediately appear"
(Luke 19: 11). Then
He gave the parable of the nobleman going to a far country to re–
ceive for himself a kingdom and to return - the picture of Christ's
ascension to heaven, where the coronation ceremony shall take
place, and His return to earth to rule all nations, as King of kings