The Gospel of the Kingdom of God is the announcement which every generation of the Justified has longed to hear. The Gospel is the glad tidings that the Kingdom, foretold in the “head and heel” prophecy of Genesis 3:15, has become an reality. The prophecy was fulfilled two thousand years ago, when the King, Christ Jesus, ascended into Heaven and was seated Christ Jesus, was seated on the revived Throne of David. The Session of the Anointed is the most significant event in all of history.
But to most Protestants, the above paragraph seems fantastic and verging on nonsense. Inculcated from an early age in the Protestant “Gospel of Personal Salvation,” the typical Protestant views as the greatest event in history either the Crucifixion or the Resurrection of Jesus. And, asked to precisely define the Gospel, most Protestants familiar with the Scripture cite the six or eight opening verses of the Fifteenth Chapter of Paul’s first epistle to the Corinthians:
Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the Twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.
– I Corinthians 15:1–8
However, most of those who cite the passage do so mindlessly, giving no thought to the information which the passage conveys:
But there is a problem which no one seems to notice. It is obvious those verses do not contain a statement or definition of the Gospel. To begin with, they contain no mention of the Kingdom of God, which is the very subject of the Gospel and the focus of the Scripture. Though the atonement for sin accomplished by Jesus certainly is of the category “good news,” it plainly is not the Gospel of the Kingdom. There is no mention of the session of the King on the revived throne of his father David, there is no mention of the regal authority which the Father has committed to the Son, there is no mention of the vanquishing of evil and the outbreak of prosperity foretold by the Psalms and the Prophets.
The Protestant “Gospel of Personal Salvation” notwithstanding, the Scripture proclaims and teaches but one Gospel; that is the Gospel of the Kingdom of God. In this passage, Paul simply is pointing out that the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ Jesus are vital to the Gospel which he proclaims. Any “Gospel” which denies or omits mention of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ Jesus is not the Gospel of the Scripture.
Perversely, the Protestant has misconstrued the passage, failing to apprehend the intention of the Apostle. Consequently, the Gospel proclaimed by the Protestant at best, is incomplete, for it lacks the substance of the Gospel, which is the implementation of the Kingdom. Moreover, failing to perceive that the subject of the Gospel is the Kingdom of Heaven, the Protestant has embellished his Gospel, giving it a false substance, claiming that the glad tidings of the Gospel concern deliverance from the supposed fate of everlasting torture in Hell. As might have been expected, the embellishment originates in the myth of the Talmudic Jew. Because of this embellishment, the Protestant has for centuries blasphemed the name of the Lord, confidently asserting that the Lord tortures his creatures. Thus, though many today think themselves to be “saved” and are confident of going to Heaven when they die, the reality is that most of them have been deceived into the embrace of a counterfeit of the Gospel, the Protestant Gospel of Personal Salvation.
Finally, it must be noted that Protestants in general deny the present reign of the Christ. Generally this is due to embrace of Dispensational Theology, which was invented by Darby and company in the Nineteenth Century. Darby, an advocate of literal interpretation, taught that Jesus first would come for his own (the so-called “Rapture”) and subsequently would come with his own. Moreover, Darby asserted that the Lord dealt separately with Israel and the Church. The system of Darby was popularized by Scofield who used a modification of it as the basis for the Scofield Reference Bible. Protestants generally assert that Jesus does not begin his reign until the second return, and that the duration of the reign is but a thousand years (the so-called “Millennial Reign”).
But the Dispensational scheme is nonsense; the Dispensationalist does not understand the Plan of God. The concept of a “literal” interpretation is absurd; a interpretation either is correct or erroneous. And the Church is called out of Israel; only the Justified are resurrected.
The Gospel of the Scripture is the news that the prophecies of the reign of the Christ have been fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God has been instituted. Making the news even better, the Gospel includes instructions by which a man may secure for himself everlasting citizenship in the Kingdom.