Some e>en go further to misconstrue the Gospel of sal>ation as distinct from theGospel of the Kingdom& These 5al'aniations of God@s re>elation are not really calledfor 5y clear Scriptures 5ut 5y imaginations, theories and speculations. e learn from the Scriptures that the uni>ersal
is the eternal, spiritual andin>isi5le fello1ship of all Bustified disciples $li>ing and dead% and e>en angels, 1hoare sanctified and united in Christ $8Cor 89 e5 8999"94 8Dohn 8E%. 3isi5ly spea'ing ho1e>er, the Church is the fello1ship of all those disciples $De1s andGentiles% 1ho through Christ ha>e 5een 0-)--;-) O0 0-SC6-) (0O;P-0*S*+G, 0-G-+-0AT-) A+) 0-C06*T-) *+TO CO"-0*TAG- A+) CO"0-G-+C *T C0*ST *+ GO)@S -T-0+A/ K*+G)O;, 1ho hear, 5elie>e,learn, teach, practice the Truth of God@s ord and proclaim Christ@s sa>ing
, 1ho also share together as one <ody in the apostolic fello1ship andin the sacramentsFordinances instituted 5y Christ $Dohn EE"!, 8!"82 Act 9E7"47-ph 98:"99%. According to the Scriptures, the local Church is not merely a situational agreea5ly GAT-0-) assem5ly in Christ@s +ame $;at 8287"9:% 5ut a community of Christ@sdisciples institutionally ministered to and administered 5y apostolically O0)-0-)leadership of ordained pres5yterial clergy and elected diaconal council $Act !8"78498"9E Php 88 Tit 8% for cohesi>e 1orship, 1or', 1al' and 1itness, 5eingdi>inely -;PO-0-) continually 5y the oly Spirit $Dohn 849! 89!"97 Act82%. *nasmuch as 1hate>er God created is under and su5Bect to God@s Kingdom ? i.e.is )ominion or 0eign $Psa 47!"# 8:E8#"99 -ph 89:"99 Php 9#"88%, the Churchis therefore not synonymous 1ith the Kingdom 5ut is the redemption agency andreconciliation em5assy of God@s Kingdom on earth $8Cor 87"98 0e> 8:%. Assomeone once put it, the Church is meant to 5e the royal family or ruling caucus of God@s Kingdom& Christians are supposed to 5e hitherto perishing sinners 5ut 1ho 5y Christ@s sa>ing grace and through their faith in Christ ha>e 5ecome rescued andrecruited into Christ@s heritage and regency to 5ecome God@s re5orn sons"heirs $Dohn8#"84 0om 284"87% and anointed royal"priests $9Pet 9#"8: 0e> 8!%. This is a far"reaching mystery& The relationship 5et1een the
is easily apparent from the Apostolic Scriptures
(14) Now after John was put n prson! Jesus "a#e nto Ga$$ee!
preaching the gospel of thekingdom of God
!(1%) An& sa'n! The t#e s fu$f$$e&! an& the n&o# of Go& s at han&*
repent, and believe thegospel
Dohn EE"7, 8E"8!
(,) Jesus answere& an& sa& unto h#! -er$'! .er$'! I sa' unto 'ou!
Except a man be bornagain, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
(4) N"o&e#us sa& unto h#! How "an a #an /e /orn when he s o$&0 "an he enter the se"on& t#ento hs #others wo#/! an& /e /orn0 (%) Jesus answere&! -er$'! .er$'! I sa' unto 'ou!
Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
(2) That wh"h s /orn of the f$esh s f$esh3 an& that wh"h s /orn of the Sprt s sprt+() 5ar.e$ not that I sa& unto 'ou! 6ou #ust /e /orn aan+++++++++++(1,) An& no #an has as"en&e& up to hea.en! /ut he that "a#e &own fro# hea.en! e.en the Son of #an who s n hea.en+(14) An& as 5oses $fte& up the serpent n the w$&erness! e.en so #ust the Son of #an /e $fte& up*
(15) hat whosoever believes in him sho!ld not perish, b!t have eternal life.
THE KINGDOM (% DOMINION) O2 GOD
-y #en Dr. ". . "-eme