Complete Gospel Tract Titles

Gospel Tract List
1. How I Received the Holy Ghost
2. Jesus Is Coming Again
3. You Must Be Born Again
4. Stir Up the Gift of God
5. The World's Most Dreaded Hour
6. What is Salvation?
7. Stand Still in Jordan
8. The Returned Father
9. Grieved Hearts
10. The Second Death
11. The Father and the Son
12. Suffering and the Saints
13. Cancer Conquered
14. The Church?
15. How Shall They Preach, Except They Be Sent?
16. Have You Received the Holy Ghost Since You Believed?
17. Patience
18. Alone With God
19. Tithes and Offerings
20. Prayer
21. The True Sabbath
22. The Besetting Sin
23. Saving Strength
24. What Will the Harvest Be?
25. Marriage and Divorce
26. Taking the Name of the Lord
27. Keys to the Kingdom
28. Works
29. Politics and Believers
30. Unequally Yoked in Marriage
31. Unequally Yoked in Worship
32. The Forgiven Woman
33. The New Earth
34. The Sin of Silence
35. Freedom
36. Gods of the Gentiles
37. Why Some Are Not Healed
38. The Seven Pillars
39. Life, More Abundantly
40. Fear
41. The Comforter’s Testimony
42. This is My Friend
43. Conversion
44. The Time Is Drawing Near?
45. Songs in the Night
46. The Master's Net
47. Trials are Opportunities
48. Receiving the Messenger
49. Seven Messages to the Seven Pastors
50. Keep Yourself Pure
51. Jezreel
52. The New Birth
53. Denying Jesus
54. Bruised Reeds
56. The Wise and the Foolish
57. Holiness
58. Is Jesus God?
59. Christ or Christianity
60. Have Faith In God
63. Four Kinds of Soil
64. Communion
66. Baptism
69. Crucified With Christ
70. Homosexuality and the Bible
71. The Kingdom of God
72. The Gospel of Christ
77. Sanctification
78. New Commandments
79. The Sacrifice of Christ
81. Speaking in Tongues
87. Antichrist
88. The Way of Grace
90. Relationships
93. Subdued
94. The Spirit of Christ
95. The Blood of Christ
96. Spirit of a Serpent, Spirit of a Dove
97. Gluttony
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Gospel Tract #71

The Kingdom of God

by George C. Clark Sr. and John D. Clark, Sr.

"The kingdom of God is not meat and drink, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the holy Spirit."
Romans 14:17

"Don't be afraid, my little flock, because your Father is very pleased to give you the kingdom."
Luke 12:32

"The Law and the prophets were until John; since then, the kingdom of God is preached " (Lk. 16:16). In saying this, Jesus was including John with the Law and the prophets rather than with those in the kingdom of God. We know this, for Jesus said in another place that even though John was as great a man as had ever been born, "he who is the least in the kingdom of God is greater than he" (Mt. 11:11).

No, John was not in the kingdom of God, for "the kingdom of God is . . . righteousness, peace, and joy in the holy Spirit", and the holy Spirit was not given to men until Jesus offered himself to the Father for our sins. As John the apostle explained, "the Spirit was not yet given because Jesus was not yet glorified" (Jn. 7:39).

John the Baptist desired to be in the kingdom of God. When Jesus came to the Jordan to be baptized, John at first refused; instead, he pleaded with Jesus to baptize him! "I need to be baptized by you," he said, "and you come to me?" (Mt. 3:14). John the Baptist didn't understand that Jesus had to suffer, die, and then return to his Father in heaven in order for the baptism of the Spirit to be given.

The Kingdom Is At Hand!"

In being ignorant of the kind of kingdom Jesus would bring, John was like the other Old Testament prophets. All of them spoke of the coming kingdom, but none of them understood their own prophecies, "for the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the holy Spirit" (2Pet. 1:21). What was different about John's message was that he prophesied that the long-awaited kingdom was very near. He cried, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!"

Jesus, too, preached this message. He "went into Galilee," we are told, "preaching the good news of the kingdom of God, and saying 'The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe the gospel!'" (Mk. 1:14-15). Jesus emphasized the nearness of the kingdom when he said, "Truly, I say tell you, there are some standing here who will by no means taste of death until they see the kingdom of God come with power" (Mk. 9:1).

Jesus encouraged his disciples to desire above all things to enter the kingdom of God (Mt. 6:33). He also warned them that there were conditions which would have to be met before they would be accounted worthy to enter the kingdom; at the same time, though, he assured them that it was the Father's "good pleasure" for them to enter in (Lk. 12:32).

In The Spirit

No one on earth but Jesus was in the kingdom of God while he lived among us because the way into God's kingdom is to receive God's Spirit, and Jesus had to pay the awful price for the Spirit to come to us. When Jesus told his disciples that they should pray for God's kingdom to come, he was telling them, in effect, to ask God to send His Spirit, though they could not have understood this. Jesus was already in God's kingdom, so that prayer for the Spirit is not "the Lord's prayer", as it is often called; rather, it is the disciples' prayer ­ a prayer for the Spirit to come, and Jesus taught them how to pray it (Mt. 6:9-13):

Pray like this: "Our Father who is in heaven, let your name be revered. May your kingdom come, and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven! Give us today our daily bread, and forgive us our failures as we also forgive those who fail us. Don't lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. The kingdom, and the power, and the glory belong to you forever. Amen."

A New and Living Way

God's kingdom is not like earthly kingdoms. When Jesus told Pontius Pilate, "My kingdom is not of this world" (Jn. 18:36), he did not simply mean that his kingdom was somewhere else; he also meant that it was a different kind of kingdom. Most people in Israel were taught to expect God's kingdom to come (Mk. 15:43); but Jesus alone understood that God's kingdom would be spiritual in nature. The people expected the Messiah to set up an earthly kingdom and to deliver them from their Roman rulers, but Jesus explained that the kingdom of God would be invisible when it came (Lk. 17:20-21). Not yet having received the Spirit, however, none of his followers could have understood his words.

Conclusion

The prophecies concerning the kingdom of God will have their ultimate fulfillment when Christ establishes his eternal kingdom on the New Earth, when all wickedness will have been forever swept away. When that kingdom comes, "affliction shall not rise up the second time" (Nah. 1:9). This eternal peace will be given to all who humbly submit to the present rule of God and are "translated into the kingdom of His dear Son" by the power of the holy Spirit.

The kingdom of God on earth is called "the body of Christ", and there is but one way for anyone to become a member: baptism of the Spirit (1Cor. 12:13). The body of Christ is not a club; it cannot be joined. It is a family into which we are born in Spirit.

If you have not yet received this "promise of the Father", let me encourage you to trust in the one God sent to save you, Jesus. God gives His Spirit to everyone who obeys Him (Acts 5:32). And remember, Jesus said, "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks, it will be opened" (Mt. 7:7-8).