The Berean Expositor
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In view of the bewildering ideas that exist in the religious world as to what this gospel
is, we do not add any ideas of our own, but go directly to the fountain head, the Word of
God for instruction. One expositor writes "if we could settle the question as to what the
gospel of the kingdom is, in the event that it is something other than the gospel which the
apostles began to preach at Pentecost, and which the church has preached since, the
eschatological problem would be solved" (Dr. R. O. Yeager). And its importance is
stressed by the fact that the end of the age cannot come until this gospel has been
preached in the whole world (14).
The fact remains that it has been dealt with and its terms made clear in the N.T., and
for this we must turn to the Gospel of Mark:
"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).
This good news is surely not complex and difficult to understand provided we are
prepared to believe what it says without adding ideas of our own. Up till now the
kingdom had been made known through the prophetic Scriptures of the O.T. The waiting
time had now passed and the time of its realization or fulfillment had come. The King
was present and therefore this kingdom was "at hand" or near. Only two other things
were necessary, (1) to change one's attitude of mind (repent), and (2) to believe this
tremendous news, and one needs to have one's mind refreshed with the greatness of the
kingdom in all its detail given in the O.T. Scriptures to appreciate the good news (gospel)
that it contained.
24: 15 - 33.
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It is important to note that in this gospel of the kingdom there is no reference to
Calvary or to Christ as the all-sufficient sacrifice for sin, and this should prevent us from
confusing it with the gospel of grace that was later revealed by the ascended Christ to the
apostle Paul (Gal. 1: 11, 12) and preached by him (I Cor. 15: 3, 4). This is made even
more clear when we remember that the Twelve who were commissioned to preach this
kingdom gospel (Matt. 10: 5-7), did not realize that Christ had to die and were even
opposed to the idea (Matt. 16: 21-23).
Even though this is so, we should always remember that redemption underpins the
whole purpose of God in Christ, and this must include His kingdom purposes. The
gospel of the grace of God upon which this rests was proclaimed by Paul and had spread
to "every creature which is under heaven" (Col. 1: 23), and so had gone world-wide
before Paul's martyrdom.  The chief point in Matthew's gospel is that the earthly
kingdom was near. When we consider Matt. 24: this is particularly evident, because
we are in Daniel's seventieth week of years, the last seven years of the age, which is