The Gospel Of Grace And The Gospel Of The Kingdom Are One

One wrong view teaches there are two separate Gospels – the Gospel of grace and the Gospel of the Kingdom. This false theory says that the Gospel of the Kingdom supposedly related to Jesus’ initial preaching to the Jews in the early chapters of the Books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John and the Gospel of grace to the later preaching of Jesus and the Apostles. Proponents of this view argue that the Gospel of the Kingdom must be accepted by faith, turning from sin and receiving Jesus as Lord or King, while the Gospel of grace needs only to be accepted by faith, with turning from known sin and receiving Jesus as Lord as being optional.

Another false view claims Jesus stopped preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom at the time of the events recorded in Matthew 11:20. Yet another wrong view argues this happened in Matthew Chapter 12. Such ideas have been accepted fully or in modified form by many born-again Christians.

But Matthew 8:5-13 and John 4:1-42 prove Jesus preached to the Gentiles prior to the supposed beginning of the Gospel of grace period. Many New Testament verses reveal Jesus continued to preach the kingdom after the supposed change in Matthew 11:20 or Matthew Chapter 12. [1] For example, Luke 16:16 says: “The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John; since then the gospel of the kingdom of God is preached, and everyone is forcing his way into it”. In Greek, the expression “is preached” here is in the present tense. Note the present tense here refers to an ongoing action of preaching which began in the past in the time of John the Baptist and has continued up until the present time.

Matthew 12:28 and Colossians 1:13 show God’s Kingdom was a present manifested reality in seed form after the supposed switch of the Gospel of the Kingdom period to that of the Gospel of grace. Also note in John 10:16, Jesus spoke of one flock and one shepherd, not two separate flocks – the Gentile believers and the Jewish believers. Romans 11:17 says the Gentiles were grafted into the Jewish olive tree.

Acts 20:25, 28:23 and 28:31 record that Paul, the great preacher of the Gospel of grace through Jesus Christ, constantly preached the Kingdom of God. Paul was not preaching two separate Gospels – the Gospel of grace sometimes and a supposedly different Gospel of the Kingdom at other times.

Also, Luke 18:29 speaks of Jesus saying “no one who has left house or parents or brothers or wife or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God…” Note when Mark 10:29 speaks of the same event, he substitutes “for My sake and the gospel’s” for the Lukan expression “for the sake of the kingdom of God.” Here again, we see they refer to the same thing. Jesus’ words in Luke 18:29 were spoken long after the events recorded in Matthew 11:20 and Matthew Chapter 12 – the supposed time the Gospel of grace is wrongly argued to have begun.

The Gospel of the Kingdom and of grace begins in our individual lives when we are born again (see John 3:1-5) and will manifest itself totally in all creation later after Jesus’ Second Coming (see Matthew 25:34).

 

 

Bible Study Question

 

  1. What verses show that it is wrong to believe there are two separate Gospels – the Gospel of grace and the Gospel of the Kingdom?

 

 


 


[1] Matthew 13:11-52, 18:3-4, 18:23, 19:12, 19:14, 19:23-24, 20:1, 21:31, 22:2, Mark 9:47, 10:14-15, 10:23-25, 12:34, Luke 11:20, 12:31-32, 13:18, 13:20, 16:16, 17:20-21, 18:16-17, 18:24-25 and 19:12-27.

 

 


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