The message of the Kingdom of God which Jesus brought was a unifying message of God’s love, full of grace and truth, but also God’s judgment on those who would reject God’s offer of redemption through His Only Begotten Son.

Jesus first came to regenerate and unite a divided Israel. Then by Israel’s redemption, extend His love and grace to the Gentile nations through the word of His Apostles.  The gentiles who believed the message of the apostles were grafted into the Vine and partook of the promises made to Abraham.  By that grafting, the gentiles become part of the holy nation as Peter expressed it in 1 Peter 2:5-9.

The religious leaders of Jesus day or generation had divided the covenant nation through their perversion of the Law of Moses as well as not receiving what the prophets had declared about the Lord’s Day. That perversion motivated those religious leaders to plan the murder of Jesus the Christ.

Jesus brought to Israel the offer of a new covenant from His Father in heaven. He brought the promise of a new law, the Law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus which the apostles declared as recorded in Acts 2.

Jesus came to reveal the Father to Abraham’s seed and then to the entire world through the mandate given to His apostles. Jesus came to regenerate Israel and to establish His kingdom in the Spirit of the Father and the Son who is “the Spirit of truth.” A new commandment was given by Jesus “that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.”   John chapter 13 through 16 absolutely needs to be read and to be understood in order to understand the mandate those early apostles were given by Jesus for the regeneration of Israel and the discipling of the nations.

In the Twenty First Century it is now our turn to receive, to obey and to go and extend the covenant of God to the modern day nations. We are also to warn of judgment for failing to obey the command to repent, “because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead” (Acts 17:30-31).