3.4.8.4 Jesus' teaching activity

The focus of Jesus' preaching was on the kingdom of God–the rule of God which was to manifest itself in history–in both its present and future form: "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand" (Mark 1: 15). From that point on, the kingdom of God was personally present in Jesus Christ (Luke 17: 21).

The fundamental content of the gospel is the grace, love, and reconciliation manifested in Jesus Christ. He is the Son of God and He came to destroy the works of the Devil, to redeem mankind from the sin into which they had fallen and become entangled, and to liberate them from the claim of the Devil. Through His sacrifice, Jesus Christ opened the way to reconciliation with God, and the gate to eternal life, for mankind. Through His death and resurrection, He proved once and for all that He is Lord over death and the Devil. Mankind shares in this victory through faith (1 Corinthians 15: 57).

Jesus called disciples to follow Him. He preached with power and majestic authority, and forgave sins. He also performed miraculous deeds in order to make it clear that salvation had come to mankind through Him. Thereby He underscored His message of the dawning rule of God and of His activity as the Saviour.

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