THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM, III

Harold F. Savely, Sr.

Jesus put to silence the Pharisees. He did it with truth. He silenced them so completely, "no man was able to answer him a word". In fact, "neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions". The dialogue is recorded in Matt. 22:41-46.

Kingdom and Pharisees: The Pharisees were determined in their hearts to see the old kingdom of Israel restored. (Have we heard elsewhere that word "restore"? How about a "restored" church?) They just knew (?) one day God the Father would send them a glorified earthly king, drive out all their oppressors, and set up an earthly kingdom. They could continue their ways, with their desert "smelling like a rose"!

Jesus asked a leading question. "... Christ ... whose son is he"? They rightly responded, "David".

Jesus gave them leeway to walk right between the two big horns of their doctrinal dilemma. He asked them, "How then doth David in Spirit call him Lord, saying, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool? If David then calls him Lord, how is he his son"?

The inspired psalmist visioned a throne whereon sat two Lords: "The Lord" and "My Lord" (Psalms 110: 1). "The Lord" was God the Father. "My Lord" was David's son to sit on David's throne. "My Lord" is therefore altogether God's Son, David's Son, and the anointed "seed" according to promise to sit on David's throne. "My Lord" is Jesus Christ, anointed prophet, priest and king.

Jesus' argument to the willingly ignorant Pharisees, based upon the Psalms quotation, devastated their earthly kingdom concept. He locked their jaws!

Kingdom and Premillennialists: Modern Pre-millennialists share many kingdom concepts the Pharisees once held. As did the Pharisees, now the Premillennialists expect an earthly kingdom in Israel. They claim to accept Jesus as God's Son and their Christ. They teach that the Jews rejected Jesus as their earthly king to rule over the earthly kingdom, and had Him crucified. God lifted up His Son from the tomb, and God now retains the Christ in heaven during this "church age". Jesus will one day soon be dispatched from heaven to finish fulfilling the prophecies, snatch the church away in a "church rapture", and set up the expected conquering earthly thousand year kingdom.

Their proof? Garbled prophecies. Misapplied prophecies already fulfilled. Speculative ill omens from natural disasters, brutalities from wars, and other current events.

The inspired writer of Psalms 110:1 saw the ruling Lord in heaven, "till I make thine enemies thy footstool". An inspired apostle informs us when that "till" reign will be over. "For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death" (1 Cor. 15:25,26).

Death shall be abolished at Christ's coming. His coming shall end His kingdom reign. All mankind will either be changed or resurrected. Then will be the awesome judgement.

Kingdom and conversion: The nature of the kingdom is like our king, spiritual. The kingdom is one of peace, not carnality. It's citizens shall have undergone a complete change.

"... For this people's heart is waxed gross ... and should be converted, and I should heal them" (Matt. 13:15). "... Verily I say unto you, except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven ..." (Matt. 18: 1-6).

Conversion stands higher than a China wall between the kingdom of God and the alien. Without the kingdom, there is no true conversion. Without true conversion, there is no entrance into the kingdom. Without becoming as a little child, conversion is invalid. That's the nature of the kingdom.

The inspired apostle commanded, "Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out ... " (Acts 3: 19). Conversion is a prerequisite of entering the kingdom. Repentance is a prerequisite of conversion, which is a prerequisite of entering the kingdom. Repentance is before conversion, which is before becoming as a little child, which is before entering the kingdom. That doesn't sound like a kingdom to take over in carnal combat, does it?

Conclusions: We hear much preaching today on church and churchisms. We need to hear more kingdom preaching. Premillennialism is Satan's false second chance gospel. It leaves hurdles which cannot be gotten over. Lest we forget!