MATTHEW, MARK, LUKE & JOHN
All four gospels are telling the story of how God became king — in and through Jesus both in his public career and in his death.
Proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom
And He went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people. (matt 4:23)
And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come (Matt 24:14)
And saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” (Mark 1:15)
The main body of the gospel is proclaiming Jesus is King and we are to spread His Kingship throughout the nations so we too can partake in it.
And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. (Matt 24:14)
But He said to them, “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns as well; for I was sent for this purpose.” 44 And he was preaching in the synagogues of Judea. (Luke 4:43-44)
Instead, seek ye first his kingdom, and all these things will be added to you. (Luke 12:31)
He said, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God, but for others they are in parables, so that ‘seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand. (Luke 8:10)
Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.” (John 18:36)
We must always remember the character and demeanor of its citizens. This kingdom operates on the foundation of sacrifice, instead of the foundation of grasping, which is characteristic of the kingdoms of men.
Therefore, God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Phil 2:9-11).
The ascension of Jesus Christ is the coronation of Jesus Christ. In other words, He has been given all authority in heaven and on earth.
The Great Commission is the process of declaring the authority that He already possesses and which He is already wielding by and through our preaching and our worship.
So what is this Kingdom then?
As Doug Wilson mentions in Heaven Misplaced, the Kingdom of God is nothing less than the rule and realm of the Lord Jesus Christ, manifested in history according to His will and pleasure.
“Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matt 6:10).
We are not taught to pray, “Your kingdom go.” We are not taught to pray that God’s will would be done in heaven when we eventually get there. We pray for God’s will to be done on earth as it already is in heaven.
God’s good pleasure is to have His kingdom start really small and gradually grow to fill the earth.
31 He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. 32 It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.” (Matt 13:31-32)
When the kingdom has grown to its appointed size, the Lord will come.
24 Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death (1 Corinth 15:24-26).
The bible teaches that Christ has been given a name that is above every other name. Christ has been given a name above our education system, above our business, our home, finances, social clubs or organization, above any human institution. If He is our ruler in Heaven and on earth then we should live under His rules.
So, ask yourself this vital question, do I follow and agree with the rules of man or do I follow and agree with the rules of Christ?