The Gospel of the Kingdom

Here is a short Bible study on the contents of the gospel of the kingdom as John the Baptist and the Lord Jesus Himself presented in Matthew, Mark, and Luke.  I have decided to not comment until the end, and just leave God’s word to speak for itself.

According to Matthew

In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judæa, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. For this is He that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make His paths straight. (Matthew 3:1–3) Continue reading “The Gospel of the Kingdom”

The Synonymous Expressions For “Kingdom”

E.W._BullingerThe following is Appendix 112 from Dr. E.W. Bullinger’s Companion Bible.  While many have sought to keep distance from being associated with Dr. Bullinger over the last century or so, it must be acknowledged that he was an astute and careful student of the Word of God.  He was a lover of God, of Christ, of God’s people, and of the Bible.  He did, in some instances in my understanding, come to erroneous conclusions, but I would urge you to look into why he arrived at the conclusions that he did.  While in the past, most fundamentalists decried Bullingerism and practically used his name as a “curse word”, his work is very valuable to true students of the Word.  I have come to many (not all) of the same conclusions as Dr. Bullinger, independent of what he wrote.  I have also come to some that differ.  We should be careful in all cases to “rightly divide” our teachers, and compare them with Scripture, but we should also acknowledge the value of those on whose shoulders we stand.

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David and the Kingdom

stamBy Pastor Cornelius R. Stam, founder of Berean Bible Society

https://www.bereanbiblesociety.org/part-4-david-and-the-kingdom/
(This is the fourth of a series of articles that first appeared in 1950 in Truth magazine, published by Milwaukee Bible Institute/Worldwide Grace Testimony, now the Grace Gospel Fellowship. These articles have never before appeared in the Searchlight.) Continue reading “David and the Kingdom”

The Ten Virgins

I, along with others who listen in and attend weekly online Bible studies received a challenge from Pastor Steve Ellis of the Church of the Servant King about an article in the January/February 2017 issue of “Grace in Focus”, the monthly magazine of the Grace Evangelical Society.  The feature article is about the ten virgin parable of Matthew 25:1-13, by Bob Wilkin.  Below, I have shared my thoughts regarding this parable:

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Understanding the Commissions: Part 2

In the last study, we discussed this commission of our Lord to His apostles and this ending to Matthew’s gospel which does not reveal the ascension.  I stated that the reason I believe that the Holy Spirit left this important fact out was because of the emphasis in the Gospel According to Matthew of our God’s Christ reigning on the earth.  The passage reads as follows:

And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. (Matthew 28:18-20)

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Understanding the Commissions: Part 1

This is the first installment in a series discussing the commands in Scripture commonly known as The Great Commission.  I said this as “commonly known” because that phrase is not found in the Bible. It is not a wrong designation, for it is a very great commission indeed.  In this series, I am going to search the scriptures for understanding on this most important command to His Apostles, and work toward an understanding of this command and how it is related to us these nearly 2000 years later.  In this study, one thing I would ask of the reader, and that is to ponder this scripturally and not to react emotionally. Without any further delay, here is the Apostolic commission as recorded in Matthew:

Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. And when they saw Him, they worshipped Him: but some doubted. And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. (Matthew 28:16-20)

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The President of Moody Bible Institute Speaks on the Gospel of the Kingdom

{The following is a transcription from a Moody Presents broadcast from earlier this year.  I happened to catch this broadcast while I was driving home from the grocery store back when it was on the air.  The entire broadcast is available at this link:  Prophecy-It Does Matter, Part 2}

…There is martyrdom, there is death, there is chaos. As lawlessness reigns on the earth and every man is a law unto himself.

Now you might think, “Can anybody survive in a situation like that?”

You have wars, you have famines, you have persecution, you have lawlessness, can anybody survive?

Well many will be killed, but some will survive and that’s what He talks about in verse 13. He says, “But the one who endures to the end, he shall be saved.”

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A Requirement of the Offered Kingdom

{This is a quote from Lewis Sperry Chafer in his work “The Kingdom in History and Prophecy”.  The full context of this is in chapter IV of this work, “The Kingdom Offered”}

This kingdom message conforms in another respect, also, to the conditions of the Old Testament kingdom.  There must be a great national heart-turning, or repentance to God as an immediate preparation for the kingdom as seen in the Old Testament (Deut. 30:1-3; Isa. 24:7; Hos. 3:4,5; 14:7; Zech. 12:10-13:1; Mal. 3:7).  Repentance, therefore, became an imperative part of the message concerning the imminency of the kingdom.  Continue reading “A Requirement of the Offered Kingdom”