View Full Version : The Good News of the Kingdom -- What is it?

Mar 7th 2011, 04:26 PM
"This good news of the kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations; and then the end will come." (Matthew 24:14)

That verse, scholars agree, is highly important. It is important because of the global scope of the work it describes. And it is important because it points to what Christians should be doing -- a preaching work that would precede and herald the momentous and far-reaching event that Jesus called "the end".

That prophetic verse is being fulfilled today. You are involved because the good news contains both an invitation and a warning. It offers you a choice: Accept God's Kingdom or oppose it. The choice you make affects your very life.

Why the News of the Kingdom is Good

(Isaiah 65:21-22) And they will certainly build houses and have occupancy; and they will certainly plant vineyards and eat [their] fruitage. 22 They will not build and someone else have occupancy; they will not plant and someone else do the eating. For like the days of a tree will the days of my people be; and the work of their own hands my chosen ones will use to the full.

(Isaiah 35:5-6) At that time the eyes of the blind ones will be opened, and the very ears of the deaf ones will be unstopped. 6 At that time the lame one will climb up just as a stag does, and the tongue of the speechless one will cry out in gladness. For in the wilderness waters will have burst out, and torrents in the desert plain.

(John 5:28-29) Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice 29 and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment.

What is "the End"?

Consider an illustration: Suppose you owned a beautiful home and allowed people to live in it for free. Some of the tenants lived peaceably with one another and took care of your home. Others, however, made nothing but trouble, fought with one another and abused good tenants. They damaged your property and stubbornly refused to respond to your efforts to stop them.

What would you do to correct matters? Would you destroy your home? Not likely. You would probably evict the bad tenants and repair what damage had been done. God will act in a similar manner. Psalm 37:9-11 explains.

(Psalm 37:9-11) For evildoers themselves will be cut off, But those hoping in Jehovah are the ones that will possess the earth. 10 And just a little while longer, and the wicked one will be no more; And you will certainly give attention to his place, and he will not be. 11 But the meek ones themselves will possess the earth, And they will indeed find their exquisite delight in the abundance of peace.

So why not accept the invitation to accept God's Kingdom which will bring forth abundant blessings and joy for you and your loved ones? Then you will come to have a hope in a right and just rulership -- a Kingdom that will bring peace and security to all.