Weekly Missions Message

The Gospel of the Kingdom

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”  (Matthew 28:18-20)

This is the Good News of the Kingdom.  Christ has wrestled authority away from Satan. The Kingdom of God has attacked the kingdom of Satan; this evil age has been assaulted by The Age to Come in the person of Christ.  All authority is now his. He will not display this authority in its final glorious victory until he comes again, but the authority is now his.

“Go, therefore.” Wherefore? Because all authority, all power, is his, and because he is waiting until we have finished our task.  His is the Kingdom; he reigns in heaven and he manifests his reign on earth in and through his church.  When we have accomplished our mission, he will return and establish his kingdom in glory.  To us it is given not only to wait for, but also to hasten, the coming of the day of God (2 Peter 3:12).  This is the mission of the gospel of the kingdom, and this is our mission.

Quoted from “The Gospel of the Kingdom,” by George Eldon Ladd, in Perspectives on the World Christian Movement: A Reader, 3rd edition, edited by Ralph Winter and Steven Hawthorne, William Carey Library, Pasadena, CA, 1999.

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. (Matthew 24:14)