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In His own words, Jesus Christ pointedly stated that His Mission was to proclaim the “Gospel of the Kingdom of God”. “Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came 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.” (Mark 1:14-15)
“And he said unto them, I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities also: for therefore am I sent.” (Luke 4:43) “And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him…” (Luke 8:1) This and many other verses like it identify the intent of Jesus’ message. His focus was on the Kingdom of God (in Matthew’s gospel referred to as the Kingdom of Heaven – the same thing – the Kingdom of God will be administered from Heaven). But, do religious denominations accurately present the full essence of what that Message was?
But, at the same time was it His intent that everyone who heard His Message would understand what they were hearing? Logically, we would be inclined to say, Yes! There are clues in other places which indicate that His Message was intended for a limited audience, that not all who heard were intended to be enlightened upon hearing. There are some given to understand and others who are not given! “And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others (I speak) in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.” (Luke 8:10 quoting Isaiah 6:9-10 & 44:18) Here we see that the purpose of speaking in parables was to MASK the full meaning to those not given to understand in this age, not to make the Message more in-depth understandable.”
“And he spake many things unto them in parables, … And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? His answer was… “Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.” “All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.” (Matt. 13:10, 13, 34 & 35) The startling thing is to realize that Jesus didn’t intend that all would understand. Only those specifically GIVEN to understand -only those specifically “called by the Father” (John 6:44) and given a measure of His Holy Spirit – could or would fully understand the Message, at least in this generation.
We need to understand that a new emphasis was being made. Jesus’ Message contained a component not generally understood by worshippers oriented to just the Old Testament. We are told, “The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presses into it.” (Luke 16:16)
This booklet is compiled to aid those who truly desire to understand His Message and to better understand why it is that God created the world and what the ultimate purpose is for mankind. It is not well understood what the Kingdom of God really is. Explanations presented may be brief, but relevant Scriptures will be listed which will lead you on the path to a better understanding. We are admonished to..”.. seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matt. 6:33) “Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needs not be ashamed.” (2nd Timothy 2:15)
Why would anyone choose to change their lifestyle and become obedient to the Laws of God – as Christ lived them as an example for us to follow – if it made no difference? “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. (John 3:3 & 5)