The Gospel of the Kingdom announced by Jesus is a message of hope and joy for men and women in every nation.
I have observed that many Christians associate “Christianity” with certain nations and political ideologies, especially so-called western “civilization.” This contradicts the universal message of the biblical faith, indeed, perverts it.
Jesus declared that “all authority in heaven and on earth is given to me, therefore, go and make disciples of all nations!” As the Lord over all things, he dispatched his disciples to proclaim his sovereignty and message to men and women in every nation, whether Jew or Gentile, rich or poor, male or female.
By his self-sacrificial death, he established a “priestly kingdom” comprised of men and women from every nation, and that is why the entire creation declared him “worthy” to receive all power and honor in the book of Revelation – (Revelation 5:5-14).
Moreover, in his death and resurrection, the God who created all things “spoke” His definitive “word.” The “word” spoken previously “in the prophets” was true but partial and preparatory, and Jesus was the only one who “achieved the purification of sin.” Therefore, he alone qualified to sit “on the right hand of the majesty in high places” where he now reigns over all things – (Hebrews 1:1-3).
According to Paul, the righteousness of God is available to all men “through the faith of Jesus Christ for all who believe, for there is no distinction.” Sin is the Great Leveler that condemns every man to bondage, despair, decay, and death. In the end, one’s ethnicity, gender, and social or economic status makes no difference.
But now, through Jesus, anyone may receive right-standing before God, and all on the same basis, whether Jew or Gentile, male or female, poor or rich namely, from faith in Jesus Christ:
- “A righteousness of God through the faith of Jesus Christ for all that have faith, for there is no distinction… Or is God the God of Jews only, and not of the nations also? Yea! of the nations also, if at all events God is one, who will declare righteous the circumcision by faith, and the uncircumcision through their faith” – (Romans 3:22-30).
And Paul employed his radical monotheism to make the point. The one God of Israel is the God of both Jews and Gentiles. No man is advantaged or disadvantaged before Him because of his biological descent, national origin, culture, economic or social status. And if the God who created all things is truly one, then He is as much the God of the Gentile as He is of the Jew – (Colossians 3:11).
“In Jesus,” God is creating a new people with members drawn from every social and ethnic group. Regardless of national origin, each person who places his or her faith in Christ begins to conform to his image. And in this new humanity, this “one new man,” any distinction based on race, gender, culture, or economic status is wholly inappropriate – (Ephesians 2:15).
No nation, society or culture can claim Jesus and his message as its sole possession. The announcement of the salvation of God and the enthronement of Christ as Lord over ALL THINGS is a message of hope and life for all humanity, for every man, woman, and child.
Unfortunately, the institutional church has a long history of linking Jesus and his gospel to specific nations, cultures, ideologies, and even economic theories. All such endeavors are attempts to hijack and domesticate Jesus to advance the political and social agendas of wicked men. But these efforts are incompatible with the universal Kingdom of God over which Christ NOW reigns supreme.
The gospel preached by Jesus transcends all national and social boundaries. Any attempt to limit it by such distinctions violates the very heart of his message. And he tasked his disciples with proclaiming this Good News throughout the entire habitable earth – to the “uttermost ends of the earth” – and all free of charge.
And this task must be completed before the end of this fallen age when Jesus will return in glory for all to behold. The day is coming when the destructive works of sin and Satan will vanish from the earth, and death will be no more. Creation itself will be liberated from decay and death when Jesus appears “on the clouds.” On that day, he will raise the dead and transform those believers who remain alive, and thus he will populate the Kingdom of God in the “New Heaven and the New Earth.”
This Good News of his Kingdom is for everyone on the planet. In the truest sense of the term, this is a universal faith. All men have sinned, and therefore, all need the salvation that is now available in Jesus. No one deserves it, but God has graciously made it available to all men, and on the same basis, by faith in Jesus Christ.