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THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
The "Gospels" Being Preached Today
I have said that you hear many gospel programs today. One uses
the slogan, "Preaching Christ to the Nations." One might ask.
"Well, what's
WRONG
about preaching
ABOUT
Christ?" Or,
"What's
wrong
about preaching a gospel of grace?" Or, "What's
wrong
about proclaiming a message about salvation?"
I have shown you the scriptures showing they started, even in
the first century, preaching about a
DIFFERENT
Jesus - a Jesus
supposed to have abolished His Father's commandments - who
turned "grace" into license to disobey (11 Cor. 11:4, 13-15 and
Jude 4). They do not today preach the
REAL
Jesus. who said, "I
have kept my Father's commandments," setting us an example
that we should keep them also.
If those who claim to preach a gospel of
SALVATION
under–
stood and proclaimed
WHAT
salvation really is- whether it is go–
ing to a
PLACE,
being changed into a different
CONDITION,
or
WHAT-
or
WHERE-
and
HOW
it may be obtained, it might be a
part of the true gospel. But
today's "gospel" programs
do
not
teach
what salvation
real/y is
or how one may receive it. When the blind
lead the blind, they all fall into the ditch.
Just What ls the Kingdom ofGod?
So it's time we cometo
UNDERSTAND
just
what is
the Kingdom of
God!
What is a kingdom? The Bible speaks of several kingdoms.
The first world empire - the Chaldean Empire often called
"Babylon" - was a kingdom. God inspired the prophet Daniel to
say to its king, Nebuchadnezzar, " ... the God of heaven hath
given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory" (Dan.
2:37).
Then there was the kingdom of Israel - the family descended
from Israel, which became one of earth's nations or governments.
The kingdom of Israel was a forerunner of the Kingdom of
God.
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will be composed ofthe Spirit-born children ofGod- the
Family ofGod, organized into a governing Kingdom.
Therefore the Kingdom of God will be dual:
(l)
A
GOVERNMENT.
A government- or kingdom- is com-