“And He sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to perform healing.” (2)
“Departing, they began going throughout the villages, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere.” (6)
Today, I noticed the Kingdom of God was used synonymously with the gospel. While that observation helps in understanding both, for me, it also underlined the multifaceted nuance of both terms.
Simply put, gospel mean good news. From what we know about the Kingdom of God, we can agree that it’s good. However, there’s no one succinct definition of it. We hear a lot of “it’s like this” and “it’s like that” and “it’s at hand” and “some of you will still be here when it fully arrives”, but no comprehensive or exhaustive outline. Somehow, though, the disciples understood it enough to take it around the region.
What have we learned about the Kingdom of God so far in Luke?
- Knowledge of its mysteries are granted (8:10)
- It centers around healing: lame walking, blind seeing, deaf hearing, leper’s cleansed, dead raised, poor hearing the gospel (7:22)
- The least in this Kingdom is greater than John the Baptist (7:28)
- The Kingdom belongs to the poor (6:20)
- It fulfills Isaiah 61 (4:18)
- It needs to be preached everywhere (4:43)
This is just from a quick skimming of the chapters, let me know what else you find. Good Bible Study is way more observing time than I think we tend to give it. Don’t rush straight to interpretation, just look. What do you see? From what we have seen so far, what is the gospel shaping up to be?