Barry Newman's Blog

June 4, 2012

The Gospel and its Proclamation (part IV)

Filed under: Proclaiming the gospel,The Gospel — barrynewman @ 9:34 pm

The gospel comes from God and is about Him

In one way or another, the New Testament refers to the gospel of God at least 10 times. “The kingdom of God draws near.  Repent and believe the gospel” (Mark 1: 15). It is “the gospel of the grace of God” (Acts 20: 24). Paul is “set apart for the gospel of God which he promised beforehand” (Rom 1: 1) and it is God’s grace given to Paul that he should be “a minister of Jesus Christ in priestly serving the gospel of God” (Rom 15: 16). Paul announced (euaggelizomai) “the gospel of God” to the Corinthians without cost (2 Cor 11: 7), “was bold to speak to the Thessalonians of “the gospel of God in much conflict” (1 Thess 2: 2) and worked night and day, so as not to burden them while he “proclaimed (kerusso) the gospel of God” (1 Thess 2: 9).  Indeed he and his group were willing to impart not only the gospel of God but also themselves (1 Thess 2: 8). Paul writes to Timothy of the glorious gospel of the blessed God with which he had been entrusted” (1 Tim 1: 11).  Peter writes of those who disobey the gospel of God (1 Peter 4: 17).  In similar vein Paul writes about those who do not obey the gospel (Rom 10: 16; 2 Thess 1: 8) in contrast with those who demonstrate obedience in acknowledging the gospel of Christ (2 Cor 9: 13).

Because the word of God is both a message about God and a message from God (1 Thess 2: 13), so we understand that the gospel is about God and comes from God just as it is about his Son.  That it comes from God is a stark reminder of the fact that the gospel is not the creation of mankind.  It does not arise out of some philosophical reflection on perceived emotional or other needs.  It is the message which comes from God.  Some may not like it.  Others may disagree with it.  Some may belligerently disobey it while others may simply refuse to acknowledge it.  It makes no difference.  It is a word which comes from the Creator, Lord over all, the source of all wisdom, the giver of all good things. The gospel comes from God. It is the gospel of the kingdom of God (Matt 24: 14, Mark 1: 14).  It is about his rule and woe betide those who one way or another ignore his rule.

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