The Gospel Includes New Jerusalem

The New Testament begins with the proclamation of the gospel and concludes with New Jerusalem. What is the connection between these two?

The gospel of Jesus Christ includes forgiveness of sins, salvation, eternal life, grace, and more. Despite all these, it is “the gospel of the kingdom” because the goal of the gospel is to bring men into the kingdom of God so that God can establish His kingdom on earth.

New Jerusalem Jesus began His ministry when He “came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God has drawn near.” (Mark 1:14-15)
 He announced “the gospel of the kingdom.” (Luke 4:43, 8:1)
After His resurrection Jesus spoke to His apostles “the things concerning the kingdom of God.” (Acts 1:3)
In Samaria Philip “announced the gospel of the kingdom of God.” (Acts 8:12).
Acts ends with Paul “proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching the things concerning the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Acts 28:31)

The gospel is “of the kingdom” and New Jerusalem is the ultimate manifestation of the kingdom of God. The center of New Jerusalem is the throne of God and of the Lamb (Revelation 22:1) and in New Jerusalem the slaves of God and of the Lamb will reign forever and ever (v. 22:5).

When we proclaim the gospel, we (perhaps unconsciously) also proclaim New Jerusalem. When people repent, they start on the path to New Jerusalem. Being born of the Spirit is our entrance into the kingdom (John 3:5). As Christians we, like John, participate in the tribulation and kingdom and endurance in Jesus (Revelation 1:9). Then we will reign with Christ for a thousand years (Revelation 20:4). Finally we will be in the goal of the gospel, the eternal kingdom, New Jerusalem.

Related posts: _The Kingdom Planted into Us _The Kingdom and the Reigning

Photo courtesy of U.S. National Park Service.

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