The Gospel of the Kingdom
Gospel of Salvation

(rev 2023/08/16)

The following are quotes from various authors about the discrepancy of the "gospel" preached today compared to the Gospel of the Kingdom in the Bible.

Watchman Nee - "The Release of the Spirit" pg. 56

In these years we have been wholly convinced the Lord is working toward recovery. The gospel of grace and the gospel of the kingdom must be joined together. In the Gospels, these two are never separated. Only in later years does it seem that those who have heard the gospel of grace know little or nothing of the gospel of the kingdom. Thus the two have been separated. But the time now is ripe for them to be united, so that people are thoroughly saved, forsaking everything and wholly consecrating themselves to the Lord.

Rick Joyner - "Army of the Dawn" pg. 56

More Christians are beginning to understand that the gospel of the kingdom is not the same as the gospel of salvation. The gospel of our salvation is a fundamental pillar of the gospel of the kingdom, but it is far from the complete gospel of the kingdom. The gospel of the kingdom is not about our personal salvation as much as it is about the world's salvation. The King is returning to set up his kingdom on earth, with His will being done on earth as it is in heaven (see Matthew 6:10).

Rick Joyner - "The Harvest Trilogy" p. 32

The doctrine of the kingdom is yet to be preached. The doctrine of salvation has gone into most of the world, but not the gospel of the kingdom.

Francis Frangipane - "Holiness, Truth and the Presence of God" pp. 76-77 (74-75 in pdf downloaded 2019/03/25)
In the book (C) 1986, fourteenth printing, July 1997 it is p. 84-85 and
in the book (C) 2011 it is p. 84-86

In Matthew 24 Jesus warned about the tremendous powers of deception which would be unleashed in the last days. He began His discourse with the warning, "See to it no one misleads you" (vs 4). Five times in the next twenty-two verses He repeated His warning saying, "many would be misled," declaring there would be "false Christs," "false teachers," "false prophets," as well as "great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect" (Matt 24:24). But in the middle of His prophetic revelation, our Lord declared, "...and this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world for a witness..." (vs. 14). Underline the phrase, "this gospel." The gospel, just as Jesus taught it, with its power to heal, deliver, and make men holy, will be proclaimed as a witness, "...and then the end shall come" (Matt 24:14).
What is this "gospel of the Kingdom"? It is the whole message of Jesus Christ. It is more demanding, more fulfilling, more holy and more powerful than the "gospel" of typical American Christianity. According to Jesus, when anyone finds the Kingdom of God, "from joy over it he goes and sells all" (Matt 13:44). Once found, it must be sought first even before necessary food and clothing; and it is such a priceless treasure that one should rather suffer the loss of a hand or eye than lose the Kingdom (Matt 6:33; Mk 9:47). It is the gospel which costs us our all but gives us God's best. In the midst of worldliness, lukewarmness and outright deceptions, this gospel of the Kingdom is the message Jesus said would be Proclaimed in the last days.

Mel Bailey - "The Kingdom, the Power and the Glory"

p. 11

Those who embraced the revelations of the 1970s came under heavy attack, just as we have now as God began speaking in the 1980s and 1990s about unity in the body of Christ and the gospel of the Kingdom. Traditionalists are resisting these words today, but we should not be surprised. Just as God confirmed the work of the Holy Spirit that was begun in 1906, He will confirm what He is speaking now about His Body and the Kingdom of God.

p. 47

We are now going to consider one of the most important and perhaps most misunderstood terms in the Bible, "the gospel of the Kingdom." Jesus spoke of the importance of this message in Matthew 24:14, "And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world for a witness to all the nations, and then the end shall come." There are two great misunderstandings about the gospel of the Kingdom. The first is the idea that this passage is the same as the Great Commission passage of Matthew 28:19, "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit..." Because both passages use the phrase "all nations," many have assumed that they are both speaking of the same thing. The other misunderstanding is the concept that the gospel of the Kingdom is the same as the gospel of salvation. Because of these faulty ideas, many believers have not grasped the message of the Kingdom of God.

p. 65

We are now in the third presentation of the Kingdom. How much will this generation see? Jesus said, "And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world for a witness to all the nations, and then the end shall come" (Matt. 24:14). For almost six thousand years God has been waiting for someone who can hear what He is really saying! Very few people in any age initially hear what God is saying. But God ALWAYS has a man!

Steve Gregg - Kingdom of God - Lectures by Steve Gregg from - 01. Lecture - Part 1

But the end isn't going to come until the gospel of the kingdom has been preached in all the world as a witness to all nations. Now we should not presume that just because some message is being preached by missionaries and in churches around the world, that that is necessarily what Jesus was referring to as the gospel of the kingdom. It might be. But we would kind of have to know what the gospel of the kingdom is, in order to know if that's the message being taught. You might say, well of course it must be cause, I mean look, there's so many Bible scholars in these mission movements, certainly they wouldn't be wrong about it. But ya know, there's a lot of different sectarian views as to what is meant by the gospel of the kingdom, or what the gospel is. For example, there's one theological school, very prominent in evangelical circles, that believes there's two gospels; one is the gospel of the kingdom, and the other is the gospel of grace.

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And they believe the gospel of grace is that which we're supposed to preach now, and the gospel of the kingdom is to be preached after the rapture of the church.

"The Gospel of the Kingdom" by George Eldon Ladd
"Follow Me" by Jan David Hettinga
"Insurgence - Reclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom" by Frank Viola
"Empire of the Risen Son" (Book 1 & 2) by Steve Gregg

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The gospel of salvation vs the gospel of the Kingdom

Jesus died for our sins, not so that we could sort out abstract ideas, but so that we, having been put right, could become part of God´s plan to put this whole world right.” –The day Revolution began, NT Wright

I would dear stick out to say that we have over the years developed a salvation culture in our churches but not a Kingdom culture. This has generated a bunch of individuals instead of a family in the Kingdom with a common goal, focus has been on meetings and sin management instead of discipleship.

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Gospel of Salvation or Gospel of the Kingdom?

Os Hillman
President, Marketplace Leaders

Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10).

I want you to imagine a conversation between Joshua and God. “Now Joshua, I have called you to take the leadership from Moses and I want you now to take my people across the Jordan River into the Promised Land. However, once you cross the Jordan River I want you and all your people to sit down. Your mission is done.”

“Ridiculous!” you might say. I would agree with you. But, in many ways, this is exactly what the American Church has done in the last fifty years. We have preached the Gospel of Salvation, but we have not taught the people to apply the message of the Gospel to their everyday life. This is the difference between the Gospel of Salvation and the Gospel of the Kingdom.

Jesus did not come to merely give us a ticket to Heaven. He came to bring us much more: the Kingdom of God on earth. Nowhere in the Bible will you find the term "gospel of salvation." [Note] The Church does not exist for Heaven, but for earth. If it existed only for Heaven, then each of us would immediately be taken to Heaven.

Note: The closest we find to "gospel of salvation" is in Ephesians 1:13 (NKJV):
"In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise"

Oswald Chambers said, “It is not a question of being saved from hell, but in being saved in order to manifest the Son of God in our mortal flesh." There would be no reason for us to remain on earth if there was not a work to be done. So why has God allowed us to receive this new birth and remain on earth? It is so that we might bring the Kingdom of God into our world--our families, our workplace, and our communities.

Jesus talked about the Kingdom of God more than 70 times in the New Testament—much more often than He mentioned salvation. While salvation is part of bringing the Kingdom of God on earth, it includes much more. When Jesus came to earth, He came in order to penetrate the very kingdom of darkness with light. He came to bring healing to sickness, replace sadness with joy, and fill meaninglessness with purpose. He came to change things for the better for a world that had no hope outside of God.


Gospel of Salvation vs Gospel of the Kingdom

The simplest way to understand the distinction is the Gospel of Salvation deals only with salvation for your soul. The Gospel of the Kingdom deals with all things that the cross affected including salvation and reconciliation of all things, including the material world that was lost in the fall.

From a podcast of with Wayne Jacobsen, an interview with Tom Mohn.
Here is the podcast title and description:

Mar 15, 2019
People of the Kingdom (#671)

A gospel that only concerns itself with getting people saved and does not help them come alive in the kingdom where God reigns, is a truncated Gospel that will leave people bored and empty, adrift in the cares of the world. On Wayne's recent trip to Tulsa, he catches up with his dear friend Tom Mohn, for a conversation about the kingdom of God, and why it would be best for us to be more focused on his kingdom than we are on his church. Living in the ways of the kingdom is what brings depth and vitality to our walk in Christ. How do we let this kingdom live through us, as it shapes our lives and reveals his light and wonder to a world in desperate need of him, even if they don't know it yet?

Here is a quote from Tom Mohn on the podcast:

The church is relative. But the kingdom is eternal. One thing about the church is that it becomes so self protective. When you look at church history, and you realize that propagating the religion is more important, it seems to me, and misses the kingdom. For instance, I don't believe the gospel of the kingdom has been preached in the last 17, 18 hundred years.

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