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June 6, 2012

The Gospel and its Proclamation (part V)

Filed under: Proclaiming the gospel,The Gospel — barrynewman @ 9:10 am

The gospel is proclaimed, announced, preached, declared

In the New Testament the gospel is written about as being proclaimed (kerusso) about 10 times.  Jesus proclaims the gospel of the kingdom (Matt 4: 23; 9: 35, Mark 1: 14) and speaks of the gospel being proclaimed (Matt 24: 14; 26: 13, Mark 13: 10; 14: 9). Paul writes of his proclamation of the gospel of God to the Thessalonians (1 Thess 2: 9) and to the nations (Gal 2: 2) and how a certain brother’s proclamation of the gospel has become well known among all the churches (2 Cor 8: 18). He also writes of how God is able to strengthen the believers in Rome established according to his gospel and the proclamation (kerugma) of Jesus Christ (Rom 16: 25).  To the same believers he writes of given a full account of (pleroo – “making full”) the gospel of Christ (Rom 15: 19).

There are 4 references in the New Testament to “the”, or “a” gospel being proclaimed, preached or announced (euaggelizomai).  The use of “proclaim”, “preach” or “announce” here for “euaggelizomai” will be referred to later. Paul refers to the terms in which he proclaimed the gospel to the Corinthians, (1 Cor 15: 1), and speaks of the gospel of God which he preached (2 Cor 11: 7, Gal 1: 11). An angel announces an eternal gospel to all those who dwell on the earth (Rev 14: 6).

On one occasion Paul refers to those who declare (kataggello) the gospel.

Paul also writes that as a consequence of having been entrusted with the gospel so he speaks (1 Thess 2: 4), that the gospel did not come to the Thessalonians by word only (1 Thess 1: 5) and prays that in opening his mouth he may boldly make known (gnorizo) the mystery of the gospel (Eph 6: 19).  And the gospel having been spoken, people hear the word (message) of the gospel, the word (message) of truth of the gospel, the gospel which brings hope (Acts 15: 7; Col 1: 5, 23).  And having heard, some are called by the gospel (2 Thess 2: 14) though it is hidden to others (2 Cor 4: 3).  Paul also speaks of his defence (apologia) and confirmation (bebaiosis) of the gospel (Phil 1: 7) or simply of the defence of the gospel (Phil 1: 16).   He even writes of his chains leading to the advancement of the gospel (Phil 1: 12).

The gospel must be proclaimed, announced, preached, declared or spoken of.  It has been so proclaimed.  We have heard and obeyed but woe to us if we do not continue in the proclamation of  the glorious gospel.

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