SYNOPSIS – Jesus began to announce the arrival of the kingdom of God following the arrest of John the Baptist– Mark 1:14-15.
Jesus did not begin to proclaim the impending Kingdom of God until after the arrest of John the Baptist. This was indicative of the opposition and adversity that would characterize his ministry. At the time, the region of Palestine consisted of three territories – Judea, Samaria, and Galilee. The latter was the largest and covered most of northern Palestine. Galilee had a mixed population of Jews and Gentiles.
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Jesus taught several parables about the kingdom of God, its unexpected ways of expansion, and its status in the world – Mark 4:21-34.
The Gospel of Mark provides only a few examples of the many parables taught by Jesus, his primary method of teaching – (“Apart from a parable he did not speak to the crowds”). While they cover several topics, in Mark, the overarching theme is the “Kingdom of God,” the reign of God that commenced in the ministry of Jesus and continues as the gospel is preached.
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The “Son of Man” is sowing the “seed” of the gospel in the world, where it grows unseen until the end of the age – Mark 4:1-20.
The first parable recorded in Mark is that of the Sower. The proper understanding of this parable is the key to understanding his other parables. Its key point is that the kingdom of God began to invade the present age with his proclamation of the gospel by Jesus, the “Son of Man,” and ever since, it has been in the process of spreading in the world.
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The deception of Christendom attempts to invoke God to validate national institutions and perverts the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Invariably, the mixing of Church and State leads to the association and even identification of Christianity with specific nations, cultures, and political ideologies. And when church leaders employ terms like ‘Christendom’ to distinguish one country from another, they replace the biblical faith with a false and even antichrist religion.
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