Text: Acts 28 (Judges 21)
The Book of Acts closes with Paul imprisoned in Rome, where his life will come to a close. The very last words of the book speak volumes about finishing well.
He lived there two whole years at his own expense, and welcomed all who came to him, proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance. (Acts 28:30-31)
What does it mean to be “proclaiming the kingdom of God”? I recently heard some provocative teaching about this as it relates to the purpose for the Church. The speaker asserted that rather than “growing the church” or “evangelism and discipleship”, or “social justice”, the reason that we are here is to alert all people everywhere of the sovereign rule and reign of King Jesus. To proclaim the kingdom is to make this truth known. Jesus is indeed the coming King, and every knee will bow and every tongue will confess Him as Lord. As believers we need to be reminded that our King is truly in charge, and when His kingdom comes all will be well. And unbelievers need to hear that the coming kingdom will have no place for those who reject the King. Open our mouths, Lord. Even now, come, come Lord Jesus! Maranatha!
in Him, Mike