Jesus ' Good News Of The Kingdom Of God

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When reading the New Testament, one would come to the conclusion that Jesus’ good news of the kingdom of God and Paul’s good news of justification by faith possess the same elements: “1) the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus; 2) Jesus ' story as the fulfillment of the Scriptures; and 3) Jesus ' salvific significance” (Budiselić, 2013, p. 17). Jesus’ gospel proclaims the coming of the kingdom of God, and it is rooted in the salvation history found in the Old Testament. Noteworthy points of Jesus’ gospel include a much anticipated resolve to Israel’s dramatic history, a new culture and attitude for the disenfranchised and oppressed groups, a new citizenship for believers, his declaration of the kingdom of God and called all to yield to God’s rule, and lastly, Jesus himself would be at the center of this kingdom (Budiselić, 2013). Paul’s message is justification, or as Torrance defines it, the righteousness of God (2009). Dikaiosune, the word used in the New Testament for righteousness, means a “life or conduct according to dike meaning custom, justice;…may also mean a judicial process or the execution of a sentence, a judgment” (Torrance, 2009, p. 99). These meanings play a part in Paul’s application of justification. Nevertheless, at the basis of Paul’s message is the life and ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the result being people are saved (Budiselić, 2013). So do these gospel messages of Jesus and Paul complement each other, or are there…
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