We are well into the book of Acts now.
We are speeding along! 🏎️💨
In the Gospels we read how Jesus came to announce that the Kingdom of God is at hand, referring to himself (Matthew 4:17 & Mark 1:15).
I have already commented several times how it has stood out to me how much talk there is regarding “The Kingdom of God” in all four of the Gospels. So don’t be surprised at what stood out to me when reading Acts. 😜
Do you remember in chapter 8 when Philip went to Samaria and “preached Christ to them”? When reading that story I typically focus on how Simon the Sorcerer was confused about the workings of the Holy Spirit. He thought he could buy the power and was condemned for such a thought.
This time, however, I didn’t think about Simon’s misunderstanding as much as what Philip had preached.
“But when they believed Philip as he preached the things concerning the Kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized.” (8:12)
Men and women came into faith in Jesus by hearing about the Kingdom of God! Jesus conquered death and is now reigning at the right hand of God. He has come into his kingdom and has now given all of us the opportunity to be “subjects” in His kingdom.
I don’t think I have ever heard an evangelist focus on the kingdom as much as I am reading how the first evangelists focused on that.🤔
I know from past reads through the New Testament that Paul also “testified about the kingdom of God.” (Acts 28:23)
So here is a question for you….and for me as well…..can you articulate to others what the Kingdom of God is? 😳
Is it now? Is it later? What does citizenship in that kingdom look like?
Let me know how you would tell others about the Kingdom of God. I would love to hear your thoughts