Almost 2,000 years ago, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came to earth prophesying a wonderful future for humanity after an intense period of earth-shaking calamities.
His message, called 'the gospel', means 'good news'— the very good news the world desperately needs.
But what exactly is this good news (gospel) Jesus Christ preached? Is it only a wonderful story about Jesus Christ's birth, life, activities, death and resurrection? Certainly these are an integral part of the good news of God's plan for humanity (Mark 1:1). But there is so much more to His message!
The deeper and vastly more encompassing message Jesus taught is rarely heard. It is most certainly good news - the most wonderful news this tired, troubled world can hear. It involves current news and affairs, history and prophecy, law, grace and hope for all mankind. It touches life and death, earth, heaven and beyond.
You need to know and understand what Jesus said!
Scripture occasionally calls the gospel by names other than the gospel of the kingdom of God. For instance, the Bible speaks of the gospel of Christ and the gospel of God.
Many people believe Jesus Christ taught that the Kingdom of God is something that exists only in the hearts and minds of believers. Such assumptions are incorrect for several reasons.
Colossians 1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
- describes physical saints as already having been translated into the Kingdom.
Jesus Christ's message was that people should repent, believe the good news that He brought and put that message into action, changing their lives to reflect their belief and commitment.
Mankind has long dreamed of a peaceful planet—a utopian earth no longer plagued by war, unrest, poverty, disease and corrupt government. But in spite of our best efforts, man has never been able to create lasting peace. The problem is that our problems are spiritual and they need a spiritual solution. And God has a plan to bring that about! In this issue of Beyond Today magazine, we show how a paradise on earth will come about—a kind of heaven on earth!