Monday, February 18, 2013
Lesson 7.3 of Bible interpretation
This lesson is borrowed from the booklet “Seven rules for Bible Interpretation”, written by REV. M. L. LOWE, D.D. with supplemental material by David W. Holden.
Rule 7.3: Distinguish Between the Different Gospels, Especially The Gospel of the Kingdom and The Gospel of the Grace of God!...
The Bible Record is so clear, we wonder how anyone can miss the fact of this distinction: At the beginning of His earthly ministry, what did Jesus preach?
Matt. 4:23 “And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom…”
When He sent His disciples out on their first missionary tour, where did He send them? And with what message?
Matt. 10:5-7 “These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
Does anyone have the right to take “The Gospel of The Kingdom” and preach it to the heathen Gentile? Or to the Church of the Redeemed? The Gospel of the Kingdom can do nothing for the souls of lost men and women! That’s why we now have “The Gospel of the Grace of God”! The Gospel of the Kingdom is for the Jewish nation—it is good news that they shall yet have their kingdom, when Christ returns in His glory to set up that kingdom. But for now—for the believer—there is:
Acts 20:24 “…the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.”
Don’t ever be guilty of mixing the Gospel of Grace with any other “gospel”, even the gospel of the kingdom! See Galations 1:3-9. Think of the curse of God which rests on whole denominations for ignoring this truth!