Barry Newman's Blog

May 30, 2012

The Gospel and its Proclamation (part II)

Filed under: Proclaiming the gospel,The Gospel — barrynewman @ 10:37 pm

The Gospel – “Euaggelion in the New Testament

It can be a temptation to give a once and for all, neat and concise definition of the gospel according to the New Testament but that is to be at odds with the New Testament itself.

This is of course not to dismiss Paul’s statement in 1 Cor 15: 1, 3 ff, “I would remind you in what terms I made known (gnorizo)to you the gospel I proclaimed (euaggelizomai) to you … For I delivered to you as of first importance … that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures and that he appeared …  It is a relatively brief statement but of course not a definition of the gospel . However, it certainly indicates those features of the gospel Paul considered as “of first importance.” or what he considered were conveyed “at first” or “at the beginning”.  For Paul, the gospel he proclaimed had the death and resurrection of Jesus at the forefront.

A much broader reference to the gospel is found in Mark’s Gospel in his preface with the headline: “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.”  Seeing both these statements alongside of one another should serve as a good reminder of the breadth and the depth of the gospel, its focus and its expanse, how rich it is, how simple it is, and how profound and extraordinary it is.  Indeed the gospel is spoken of throughout the pages of the New Testament in many ways and in many places without the word “gospel” even being mentioned.

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