First we must understand that when we use the word "Gospel" it just means "good news". What one has posted is merely a canon of exegesis, which is normal practise to establish a truth. Why should there be one good news, when Scripture says our blessings in Christ are many? Is this not being rigid and inflexible without any Scripture whatsoever to support it, except 18th Century dogma? Why the good news of the blood of the Cross, the good news of salvation, the good news of reconciliation, the good news of forgiveness, the good news of justification, the good news of the resurrection? Are we not splitting hairs over this subject?
After all there are two testaments in the Bible, nobody denounces that. Who would say the same good news in the Old Testament is the same as in the New? WE have the Kingdom of God and also the Kingdom of the Heavens in the Old Testament, as well as in the New Testament but who says they are not to be differentiated? I find this very curious how we cling to those beliefs we have picked up from others second hand and cling to them even harder if we are presented with Scriptures that clearly states there are more than one Gospel/Good News.
Even the Word of God is a two edged sword which means it has two sides to it, hence the need to "rightly divide the Word of Truth" 2Tim 2:15 That is not saying the old testament is wrong and the new testament is right, it means understanding the different forms of truth which these testaments take.
It is so hard to stand up for the truth in Brethren, out of 1100 brethren in Melbourne I stood up for the truth, my parents knew I was right but out of fear and continuity of belief, they said nothing and took sides against me. Not one single person stood by me, so I am not phased at all. I showed my parents the sworn statements by 12 reputable brethren, enough to convict James Taylor Junior their Universal Leader in any court of law except infidelity is not a criminal offence in our society. I had my parents listen to his drunken slanderous tapes at Aberdeen, but they would not stand by me out of tradition and fear and the blind belief that they the exclusives had the Truth!
Yes the Apostle Paul encountered the same even with the apostles Peter, James and John, in Galatians 2 and worse, some of the circumcision wanted his life too....not from worldly people but those Christian followers of the Kingdom Gospel and the circumcision teachings. They wanted a Gospel that gave them a kingdom of God on earth, they had no interest in Paul's Gospel that spoke of our commonwealth is IN heaven, yes even further "seated in Christ in heavenly places" with a Gospel and administration "to make God's manifold wisdom known amongst the celestials."Eph.3:10
That my friends is the glorious role of the Church of Christ His body, those called out of this world to a far higher calling......."things eyes have not seen or ears heard, what God has prepared for those that love Him." How sad that brethren who were given insights into this unbelievable high calling of the Church the Body of Christ in their early ministry, especially with Mr. Stoney. What I ma saying is that Paul's Gospel goes beyond either the Kingdom of Heaven or the Kingdom of God. It makes us "the fulness of Him who fills all things." Oh boy...... no wonder Paul broke out into so many doxologies in the heavenly epsitle of Ephesians.Yes just like Ephesus all over again, history repeats itself, how quickly they fell into division and left their first love.
Just like all those assemblies in Asia who quickly turned away from Paul's heavenly good news...... all those he ministered the Mystery of His Gospel to in the Epistles of Ephesians, Philiphians and Colossians.
Of course I have not done this subject of the Kingdom or the Gospel the justice it deserves, for really it is the main theme of the Bible and one could literally write volumes on the subject and still not cover the subject.
John you asked:
I am curious about "Gospel of the Kingdom is about man again exercising his dominion." I do not see this in the Gospels. How do you come to this view?
Firstly I have no intention of making the Bible of one's own "private interpretation" particularly as the variety of opinions on the subject of the kingdom of God so manifestly proves. One has to only read the many parables of Christ regarding the kingdom of God to realise, the utter unbelief of man, for Christ to speak plainly on this kingdom.
To answer all these fruitful questions, it cannot be done in a paragraph. One must first answer that question that is so theologically blinkered by theologians focussing on man's state after the fall in the Garden of Eden, forgetting entirely man's prior state.
Let us turn to the Psalmist: "What is man that Thou art mindful of him, and the son of man that Thou visitest him. For Thou hast made him a little lower than Elohim and crowned him with glory and honour to HAVE DOMINION OVER THE WORKS OF THY HANDS, AND PUT ALL THINGS UNDER HIS FEET." Psm.8
That was David's inspired view of man.
Now let us go back to Genesis One. "And Elohim said let Us make man in our image and after likeness, and let them HAVE DOMINION OVER ALL THE EARTH."
Surely the Gospel is about restoring man to his former glory and dominion, or what sort of Gospel do we have? A Gospel full of shortcomings.
Why does man sin? Because he has fallen short of the glory of God.
Once you received the Gospel of Paul, you will never be the same again, you will walk as if there is no ground under your feet, you will run the race like no other, and no longer see men as trees walking, the shekinah glory will surround you and as such "the spiritual know all things." But you will become smal like Paul and humble, pride and ignorance will fall from your eyes like scales. But only the Holy spirit can separate you to this gospel as it was with Paul in Acts 13:2
But you will be persecuted by other Christians, just like Paul. Solomon said the "face of a wise man shines". Paul spoke of the glory of God in the face of Christ, that even Moses face had to be veiled though having an inferior gospel........ does anyone get my drift?
I have not even really begun to speak of the Mystery of God. But this can only come direct through the Holy spirit a revelation like with Paul, you cannot receive it from man, certainly not from me. You must go directly to Holy Spirit, you must be like that rich merchant, the Master spoke of, that sells all he has to purchase the field that contains the pearl of great price, you must have the spirit of a berean. You must sell every man made belief and go direct and purchase from the Holy Spirit, the same Eternal Spirit Christ offered Himself up through.
So what is "DOMINION" I have already mentioned in Strong's Concordance how Kingdom really implies dominion. Nimrod was the first to establish a dominion in opposition to God, and it continues down until this very day in the Catholic and Protestant Institutions. Now Babylon as I said is based on confusion, and we are already acquainted with a certain confusion over the Kingdom of God.
Now to understand the Kingdom of God we must discover the Truth of God's authority and how it operates. You cannot compare it with the authority of man's kingdoms or religious institutions. We have already discovered that man when Elohim created him, was given dominion over all the earth. How did God do that? Did God sit up on some Throne in the heavens delegating things to Adam? No God walked with Adam in the cool of the day, every day.
Now God is invisible and man is made in His image, so man essentially is invisible to be made in God's image. When man was made in God's image no mention of dust was used, in fact in Genesis One the whole creation was out of water.......a spiritual creation.
The dust-man after the fall was given clothes of skin and flesh of an animal, not much is said considering so much ground is covered of a whole creation in a few short chapters. But it says "God made coats of skin and clothed them" nothing is said of slaying some animal, so many love embellishing what God has said. Such is all "the wisdom of man, which is foolishness to God."
It is interesting to note also the number of Hebrew words for nudity, can also be unclean, or shame. Man in Genesis One comes straight from the hand of Elohim as a creation; but in Genesis Two man is made out of dust, a manufacture not a creation.
I say that all in passing. There are so many mysteries in the Bible, that the Letter of the Word does not really pick up, except by Holy Spirit.
Well you will all need a breather after this, if any find a few talents here I am sure they will multiply....just please do not bury them, I am only passing on my few talents I have been given from above from my heavenly Father albeit they are an abundance.