The kingdom of God is the gospel of Jesus Christ

Apparently, today, many who consider themselves Christian do not know what is the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The documentaries “American Gospel: Christ Alone” (2018) and “American Gospel: Christ Crucified” (2019) by Brandon Kimber are right to speak out against the false gospels of prosperity and progressive Christianity (ref. 1), ideas that are widespread in America.

Trailer of American Gospel: Christ Alone (2018)

And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.

Matthew 21:12-13
Trailer of American Gospel: Christ Crucified (2019)

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines…

Hebrews 13:8-9

Still, these documentaries leave in the minds of viewers that the true gospel of Christ is entirely about individuals being redeemed from sin, especially the original sin.

Yes, it is correct that ever since the transgression of Eve, humans have been cursed (ref. Genesis 3:16-19) to live in a corruptible and a mortal body. And, yes, one day those who have lived faithfully to Jesus Christ (ref. Ephesians 2:8-10) and have kept his commandments (ref. Revelation 22:14, 14:12) will be “born again” (ref. 1 Peter 1:23-25), and thus will receive an incorruptible and an immortal body. But the gospel of Christ is much more than that.

I realise many people focus on passages such as Isaiah 53:5 – that “he was bruised for our iniquities” and “with his stripes we are healed”. And likewise 1 John 1:7 – that “the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin”. For this reason, many think that the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ some two thousand years ago in and of itself has already saved them. As one of the documentaries put it, what happened is done and so there is nothing else to do.

Actually, Jesus Christ was resurrected so that the world might believe in the resurrection of the dead at his second coming, and those who do believe are Christian and those who do not are not.

Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.

1 Corinthians 15:12-14

You must understand that the world today is evil and under the control of Satan (ref. Matthew 4:8-10, Ephesians 2:2).

If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.

John 15:18-20

Throughout history, this evil has been the cause of tremendous suffering.

In due time, this evil will come to an end because of Jesus Christ and the kingdom of God. I tell you, this is the gospel, “the good news”.

For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father…

John 5:22-23

His eyes were as a flame of fire… and his name is called The Word of God… And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

Revelation 19:12-15

Like every other kingdom, the kingdom of God will have a king, an army, and a people.

… Judah shall dwell for ever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation.

Joel 3:20

At first, and for one thousand years, the Son of man Jesus Christ will reign as king. After that, God the Father will reign as a Spirit in Jerusalem, and also from heaven (ref. 1 Corinthians 15:24).

Once it is established, the kingdom of God will be a “world without end” (ref. Isaiah 45:17, Ephesians 3:21).

Anthony Buzzard on the Christian gospel


1. Brandon Kimber, http://www.americangospelfilm.com