The Gospel of The Kingdom - Part 1
The Gospel of the Kingdom vs. The Gospel of Salvation
What is the Kingdom of God? What is the difference, if any, between being saved and being in the Kingdom?
The Kingdom of God is the government of God. It's a position of authority. When you are saved you become a citizen in the Kingdom, but are NOT yet in the government of the Kingdom.
Ephesians 2: NKJV
12 that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
19 Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,
But Jesus offers each saved person a place in the Kingdom, IF he overcomes:
Rev 2: MKJV
26 And he who overcomes and keeps My works to the end, to him I will give power over the nations.
27 And he will rule them with a rod of iron, as the vessels of a potter they will be broken to pieces, even as I received from My Father.
How do you overcome?
John 1:12: But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name
Do you see the distinction in that last verse? From those who had already received Him, to those who have power to become sons. How do you become a son?
1: ... let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which does so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
2: Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith...
3: For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, unless you be wearied and faint in your minds.
4: You have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.
5: And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks unto you as unto children, My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when you are rebuked of him:
6: For whom the Lord loves he chastens, and scourges every son whom he receives.
7: If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chastens not?
8: But if you be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are you bastards, and not sons.
So, to be a son you need to:
1: Lay aside sin that seeks to catch you
2: Run with patience the race set before you
3: Look to Jesus who will finish your faith and look at how He endured
4: Receive correction from God
Remember Jesus is the King of kings and Lord of lords, who are the kings and lords?
1: Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differs nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all;
2: But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.
6: And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
7: Wherefore you are no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
We are heirs with Christ, but until the appointed time of the Father, of whom decides when the rapture takes place. We are under tutors and governors training us to be authorities in the Kingdom. So what happens to those who are saved but are not in the Kingdom?
Luke 14: NKJV
34 "Salt is good; but if the salt has lost its flavor, how shall it be seasoned?
35 It is neither fit for the land nor for the dunghill, but men throw it out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!"
They are not fit for the land which is the Kingdom, nor are they fit for the dunghill which is Hell or the Lake of Fire, so they are cast out. Out where?
Rev 21: MKJV
24 And the nations of those who are saved will walk in the light of it; and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it.
26 And they shall bring the glory and honor of the nations into it.
27 And there shall in no way enter into it anything that defiles, or any making an abomination or a lie; but only those who are written in the Lamb's Book of Life.
Rev 22: NKJV
2 In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
14 Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.
15 But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie
These scriptures are talking about New Jerusalem, the city of God, which is in heaven and shall come upon the new earth when all is done. Those who are saved and are not in the Kingdom are outside the city. Their glories or treasures are brought in, but they are not allowed inside themselves. Inside the city is the Tree of Life and its leaves are for the healing of the nations. To enter you must obey God's commandments.
For a detailed look at the judgment of the unfaithful believers:
To see which christians won't get raptured:
Let's look at this parable:
12 (NKJV) Therefore He said: "A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and to return.
13 (WEB) He called ten servants of his, and gave them ten mina coins, and told them, 'Conduct business until I come.'
14 (MKJV) But his citizens hated him. And they sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this one to reign over us.
15 (NKJV) "And so it was that when he returned, having received the kingdom, he then commanded these servants, to whom he had given the money, to be called to him, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.
16 Then came the first, saying, "Master, your mina has earned ten minas.'
17 And he said to him, "Well done, good servant; because you were faithful in a very little, have authority over ten cities.'
18 And the second came, saying, "Master, your mina has earned five minas.'
19 Likewise he said to him, "You also be over five cities.'
20 "Then another came, saying, "Master, here is your mina, which I have kept put away in a handkerchief.
21 (MKJV) For I feared you, because you are a harsh man. You take up what you did not lay down, and you reap what you did not sow.
22 And he said to him, I will judge you out of your own mouth, wicked servant! You knew that I was a harsh man, taking up what I had not laid down and reaping what I did not sow.
23 (NKJV) Why then did you not put my money in the bank, that at my coming I might have collected it with interest?'
24 "And he said to those who stood by, "Take the mina from him, and give it to him who has ten minas.'
25 (But they said to him, "Master, he has ten minas.')
26 "For I say to you, that to everyone who has will be given; and from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.
27 But bring here those enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, and slay them before me."'
In this parable you see 2 individuals who will be given authority in the Kingdom. You also see another who loses what he has. Then the Lord speaks of another group of people He calls "His enemies", those who refuse completely to be ruled by Him. He has them slain. In this parable you have 3 groups of people; Kingdom sons, saved individuals, and enemies. This shows us clearly that there at least these 3 distinct groups of people with separate and different judgments for each group.
Some scriptures discuss the unfaithful being thrown into the "Outer Darkness", which is outside new Jeruslame as I describe on this page, but in more detail here:
Some would say, either you are saved or you are not. Some would say there is no such thing as a carnal christian. Let's what see what Paul said to the Corinthians:
1 Cor 3: MKJV
1 ¶ And I, brothers, could not speak to you as to spiritual ones, but as to fleshly, as to babes in Christ.
2 I have fed you with milk and not with solid food, for you were not yet able to bear it ; nor are you able even now.
3 For you are yet carnal. For in that there is among you envyings and strife and divisions, are you not carnal, and do you not walk according to men?
4 For while one says, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are you not carnal?
We know that they were christians because he said in verse 1: "babes in Christ". Carnal, is fleshly, opposite of spiritual. Being ruled by the body or mind rather than by the Spirit. So that scripture shows the difference between spiritual christians, carnal christians, and baby christians. Read what Jesus says about these carnal christians:
21: Not every one that says unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22: Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? and in your name have cast out devils? and in your name done many wonderful works?
23: And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity.
Doing good things in the name of the Lord does nothing to advance the Kingdom of God. It may promote your ministry but not Jesus' ministry. Suffice it to say that many "good" deeds done in the name of the Lord are actually dead works.
To learn about the Repentance of Dead Works:
The carnal christian seeks his own life or soul rather than God's will. Here are some scriptures pertaining to the carnal christian:
Math 10: MKJV
39 He who finds his life shall lose it. And he who loses his life for My sake shall find it.
Math 16: NKJV
25 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.
26 For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?
Luke 9: MKJV
23 And He said to all, If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.
Those are scriptures relating to the salvation of the soul. The word "life" in many of those verses is better translated soul. To learn about the salvation of the soul:
Jesus said a certain story would be shared, whenever the gospel of the Kingdom is preached, I discuss that story here:
Brokenness: Finding God's Will, Way, and Method
Jesus is a rock of offense, (the harsh Man from the parable above). He will offend the fleshly mind. What will you do with this Rock/Stone?
1 Pet 2: MKJV
6 Therefore also it is contained in the Scripture: "Behold, I lay in Zion a chief corner Stone, elect, precious, and he who believes on Him shall never be ashamed."
7 Therefore to you who believe is the honor. But to those who are disobedient, He is the Stone which the builders rejected; this One came to be the Head of the corner,
8 and a Stone-of-stumbling and a Rock-of-offense to those disobeying, who stumble at the word, to which they also were appointed.
So this is the choice given to every believer:
Math 21: MKJV
44 And he who falls on this Stone shall be broken, but on whomever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.
Luke 20: MKJV
18 Whoever shall fall on that Stone shall be broken, but on whomever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder."
Those who fall on the Rock and deny themselves in this life will be in the government of God, called the Kingdom. One of the best methods of achieving this is by becoming a disciple. I discuss the Biblical qualifications of discipleship here:
Here are 2 excellent pages on the Kingdom Gospel from another source:
THE JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST--PART I
THE JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST--PART II
I continue Part 2 of the Gospel of the Kingdom here:
I also discuss elsewhere the difference between believing and being Born Again here:
Believing vs. Being Born Again
Is the Gospel simple or complex?
The Gospel of the Kingdom vs. The Gospel of Salvation Part 2
For a better look at those outside new Jerusalem: