The first century was the time when the single, most historic event took place in all humanity. God, in His infinite grace and mercy provided a way for His created beings to find their way back to their Creator. The coming of Christ was an important event not just for the Jewish people but also for the whole world. Jesus was the long-waited Messiah, who brought forth forgiveness of sin, redemption, and salvation to those who believe—even to this day. Reconciliation was made through the death and sacrificial atonement of His only Son. The fulfillment of the Law and the prophets was made in Jesus Christ.
The mystery of the kingdom, the secret truth, was finally revealed in Christ through His message and parables. Salvation had come to all who believe, Jews and Gentiles alike. The kingdom of God had indeed come to earth. The greatest intervention of God in the history of the world was in the form of a man (John 1:14). Jesus inaugurated the kingdom of His heavenly Father and called everyone to repentance. The life and ministry of Jesus was filled with great signs, miracles, and wonders. The power of God was at work through Jesus, restoring humanity.
Sin, death, and Satan were defeated once and for all at the cross. The resurrection of Christ brought the conquest and victory over all evil powers and principalities of the kingdom of darkness. The kingdom of God was established in the life of believers through the power of the Holy Spirit. Now believers who are committed to the Lord, live under his rule and reign, eagerly waiting for His return. There is still sin, evil, and death, worst of all—the enemy is still doing his work. We are living in the already not yet aspect of the kingdom of God.
What is the kingdom of God mean for us today? We are in the age of the church. This means we are all called to fulfill the Great Commission. Such mission is not done individually but in community. The best way to share this message is to build long-lasting relationships. Our call is to love God and love people. Love is the ultimate reason to do evangelism. True genuine love and faith, can only be displayed by good acts and works. Good news must come with good deeds. We have to live as God’s people displaying the future eschatological age in our daily lives and so further His kingdom of earth—one soul at a time. “He who testifies to these things says, ‘Surely I am coming soon.’ Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!” (Rev. 22:20).