Seek first the Kingdom (gospel of the Kingdom), not the gospel (salvation)

ReadThose not in the Kingdom of Heaven shall be cast into the furnace

We hear much about salvation and being saved.  But that is man-centered (see Dr. Gary North immediately below).  The Bible says to seek first His Kingdom and all His righteousness–Matthew 6:33– which is God-centered (because God has a kingdom; and so does Satan–and we are in one of these kingdoms).

Matthew 23:15

15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte [convert], and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.

Dr. Gary North, Priorities and Dominion: An Economic Commentary on Matthew

A. The Centrality of God’s Kingdom
Jesus made it clear that seeking God’s kingdom is priority number
one for the individual. Most people today and in the past have not ac-
knowledged this fact, not even to themselves. They suppress the truth
that their own nature and the creation reveal about God (Rom. 1:18–25).
This does not mean that Jesus was wrong about mankind’s top
priority. It means only that most men are in rebellion against God.
Evangelical Christians too often believe that God’s top priority is
the salvation of men
. This is a man-centered viewpoint, a kind of bap-
tized humanism for Christians. It makes them think that they are the
center of God’s concern. They are not. God is the center of God’s con-


Below in John 14 and 15 you will read “you in Him” and “He in you”—they are not the same. You in Him is the gospel; and He in you is the gospel of the Kingdom. The gospel involves Jesus as the Savior; and the gospel of the Kingdom involves Jesus the King.

He in us is the hidden mysteryColossians 1:26-28. This is the gospel of the Kingdom.

Colossians 1:26-28
26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to His saints [body of Christ, the ecclesia (assembly)—those who are called out of the world, which are those going through sanctification; those who are not just called but are chosen (many are called but few are chosen)]:
27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus [this verse contains commands]:

The gospel of the Kingdom involves a King, not the Savior. The Kingdom involves the spiritual–breath, not blood. And if He is not in us (as King) we cannot have the Holy Spirit in us. The spiritual side means following a King. The Bible states that we are chosen to go thru sanctification (many are called but few are chosen). See also Rev. 17:14 and Galatians 5:26. We must be denying the soul, taking up our cross daily [this is not the cross of Jesus but our cross; the cross of Jesus is the gospel, not the gospel of the Kingdom]. This is the doctrine of God our Savior–YES JESUS HAS A DOCTRINE AND HE COMMANDS THAT IT BE PREACHED, WHICH IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE MESSAGE OF SALVATION–SEEK FIRST THE KINGDOM. See: “The doctrine of God our Savior must be taught

Us in Him is the gospel. The Savior. The soul is in the blood. Lev 17:11. In the gospel, we can do no work. We can only believe by faith in His blood and His cross for our salvation. Salvation is a word of time (outside the realm of eternity). The soul (a word of time) is saved in salvation. When we are saved, we are forgiven and WE SEE THE KINGDOMBUT THERE IS MUCH, MUCH WORK IN THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM, CONTRARY TO THE GOSPEL. The gospel involves the cross of Jesus BUT THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM INVOLVES OUR CROSS, DENYING THE SOUL, GOING THRU SANCTIFICATION, ETC.

John 14:15-21
15 If ye love Me, keep my commandments.
16 And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you forever;
17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him: but ye know Him; for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth Me no more; but ye see Me: because I live, ye shall live also.
20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in Me, and I in you.
21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth Me: and he that loveth Me shall be loved of My Father, and I will love him, and will manifest Myself to him.

John 15:1-8
1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
2 Every branch in Me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, He purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the Vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in Me.  
5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without Me ye can do nothing.
6 If a man abide not me Me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.


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