“Proclaiming the kingdom”
“two whole years … and welcomed all who came to him, proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance”.
That is where Luke ends his narrative, we have no inspired record of what happened after that.
We notice the emphasis on Paul proclaiming God’s kingdom – it is sad that as the generations passed that the message preached became totally corrupted to one of human imagination, that of an immortal soul existence in heaven.
Now our reading in Isaiah has wonderful details about God’s kingdom that
“shall come to pass in the latter days … and all the nations shall flow to it … and say: Come let us go up … to the house [temple] of the God of Jacob that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths for out of Zion shall go the law and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem … he shall judge between nations … nation shall not lift up sword [weapons] against nation, neither shall they learn war any more” (2:2-4).
The kingdom Paul was proclaiming was that revealed in Isaiah and other prophets as well as spoken of by Jesus Christ.
But Isaiah has another vision of our days: three times in the last eleven verses of this chapter we encounter the phrase, “in that day”! His vision describes a time when “the lofty pride of man shall be humbled” (verse 11); a message against “every high tower” (verse 15); and never have buildings been built higher than today. Later Isaiah sees in vision
“the day of the great slaughter when the towers fall … the LORD comes from afar, burning with anger … to sift the nations with the sieve of destruction” (30:25,27,28).
This compares with words in today’s chapter,
“the lofty pride of men shall be brought low, and the LORD alone will be exalted in that day … when he rises to terrify the earth” (verses 17,19).
Those who do not know God’s word will be terrified. Let us make sure we know what God has spoken about “the kingdom” through the prophets: we will come across some awesome prophecies about “that day” as we read Isaiah.
- Go and make disciples of people of all the nations
- Refusing to Be Silent
- Witnessing because we love
- Scriptures and Thoughts about: Proclaim
- High time to go out telling the world about Jesus
- Go Ye!
- Not withholding the Good News
- To proclaim the day of vengeance
- Proclaiming: a task given to Christians
- Go! Proclaim! Testify
- Witnesses of Christ and of his gospel
- How should we preach?
- Is there an Immortal soul
- The Soul not a ghost
- Mortal Soul and Mortal Psyche #1 Intro
- Mortal Soul and Mortal Psyche #2 Psyche, the word