Preach the Kingdom of God
Larry Ray Hafley
RESOLVED: One cannot fully preach Christ without preaching the things "concerning the kingdom of God."
- Phillip preached Christ. (Acts 8:5)
- Philip preached the kingdom of God. (Acts 8:12)
- So, to preach Christ is to preach the kingdom of God.
- Paul preached the gospel to the Ephesians. (Eph. 1:13)
- Paul preached, "the things concerning the kingdom of God "to the Ephesians. (Acts 19:8)
- Hence, in preaching the gospel one must preach the kingdom of God.
- Paul said he preached "the gospel of the grace of God." (Acts 20:24)
- Paul said he preached the kingdom of God. (Acts 20:25)
- These two expressions are here used interchangeably in Acts 20:24, 25preach the gospel of grace, preach the kingdom of God.
- The Jews desired to hear of "this sect," i.e., the religion of Jesus Christ, the hope of Israel. (Acts 28:20-22)
- Paul "expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus" (Acts 28:23).
- Therefore, to preach the hope of Israel, to preach Christ one must preach concerning the kingdom of God.
- Paul spoke of "the salvation of God" which could be heard. (Acts 28:28)he refers here to the gospel, the word of God. (Acts 13:46)
- he then proceeded to preach "the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ" (Acts 28:31)"
- Thus, to preach "the salvation of God: involves the preaching of the kingdom of God.
1. The Bible teaches that the Lord adds the saved to the church (Acts 2:47)
2. The Bible also teaches that the Lord translates the saved, those delivered from the power of darkness, into the kingdom of God. (Col 1:13)
3. The saved are added to the church, translated into the kingdom of Christ. Therefore, one who preaches of salvation from sin must preach the kingdom of God.
TRUTH MAGAZINE XIV; 37, p. 2
July 30, 1970