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Matthew 4:17 Repent, for the kingdom of the heavens has drawn near

Matthew 4:17 From that time Jesus began to proclaim and to say, Repent, for the kingdom of the heavens has drawn near.

Matthew 4:17 From that time Jesus began to proclaim and to say, Repent, for the kingdom of the heavens has drawn near. (Recovery Version Bible)

Some may ask why Genesis 1:26 and 28 mention expressing God with His image first and representing Him with His dominion second. The reason for this is that there we see God’s original purpose. But because man has fallen, in the gospel man has to repent in order to come back to the beginning. Therefore, in the gospel, dominion is first and image follows. (Life-study of Genesis, ch. 39)

On one hand, the Bible reveals the gospel as the gospel of grace, which is for us to become believers through faith. On the other hand, the Bible says that the gospel is the gospel of the kingdom, which is for us to become the Lord’s disciples, those who are trained, ruled, disciplined, and dealt with by the Lord’s authority. According to the gospel of grace, God is pleased to freely grant us grace, and we can receive this grace simply by believing. However, this gospel is also the gospel of the kingdom through which God desires to bring us under the ruling of the heavenly authority so that we may become His kingdom, those who are ruled by God’s authority. (What the Kingdom Is to the Believers, ch. 6)

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