The Order Of The Kingdom
The Order Of The Kingdom
Because we have already done work concerning the Kingdom - you know, we've got the book Kingdom in Motion and we've got a couple of things coming up after that - we are not going to deal with the basic dynamics of Kingdom theology and Kingdom structure. Jesus makes this statement,
And this gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come .
All of that becomes very significant in the way the Kingdom of God is structured. This gospel shall be preached to all the world for a witness - a witness to all nations. That's people groups; ethnic groups will each individually have an opportunity to witness the demonstration of God's Kingdom.
And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him, preaching the Kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him .
Acts 28:30 - 31
Hired house there [means] that Paul was actually under house arrest. He was waiting to be summoned to meet Caesar so they put him under house arrest with armed guards to make sure he didn't leave for two years. This was a wonderful work of the Holy Spirit because in these two years, Paul was forced to write. He was not now traveling and starting churches as he was doing before. He was forced to put a lot of what we have on paper [now]; he was writing there.
But notice what he did in verse 31. He's under house arrest. He's there for two whole years. But while he's there, he's preaching the Kingdom of God and teaching those things that concern the Lord Jesus Christ. So the principle is that the Kingdom has to be preached and Christ has to be taught. You can't preach Christ and teach the Kingdom. You have to preach the Kingdom and teach Christ. That's the principle. If you reverse it, you're not going to get the desired result. To prove that, let's go to Acts 1.
This is the writing of the Apostle Luke as he is writing to Theophilus. This is his second presentation to Theophilus. And he says to Theophilus in chapter one of Acts, starting from verse one,
The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach ,
Notice that. He [Jesus] did it first, and then he taught what He just did. You preach it first, and then you teach what you've just done. The Kingdom has to be demonstrated, so when Paul was preaching the gospel, he was demonstrating the Kingdom. It's a demonstration. It is an enactment. It is actions, and then you teach what's just been acted out. That's what the Kingdom of God does, and in that same chapter of Acts 1 they asked Jesus,
When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the Kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath in put his in his own power .
Acts 1:6 - 7
In other words, "I am not going to restore the Kingdom of God right now, but it's going to be in a process of time. This gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the world as a witness to all nations." There has to be a witness to all nations. The witness is not just having a presence of the Word, where you get a whole bunch of people saved in El Salvador and a whole bunch of people saved in Pakistan. That's not a witness; that's just a whole bunch of people hearing the gospel and getting saved.
The witness is the demonstration of dominion in the lives of the people that have been saved. That's the witness. It's the demonstration of dominion. You get millions of Africans saved, millions of