Barry Newman's Blog

June 8, 2012

The Gospel and its Proclamation (part VI)

Filed under: Proclaiming the gospel,The Gospel — barrynewman @ 10:18 pm

The truth of the gospel

Of course the gospel is the truth.  It comes from God and is about him and his Son.  But Paul sometimes found it necessary to refer to the gospel in connection with the notion of truth presumably to remind his hearers that the gospel is indeed true.  The gospel deals with reality. Paul did not want them to be drawn towards a false gospel.  His warnings still apply today.

To the Thessalonians he writes of the truth to which they were called through the gospel (2 Thess 2: 1), to the Ephesians of the word of truth, the gospel of their salvation, and to the Galatians of the need to preserve the truth of the gospel (Gal 2: 5). But he also speaks of those who do not walk uprightly according to the truth of the gospel (Gal 2: 14), those who pervert the gospel of (the) Christ (Gal 1: 7) and the possibility of a different gospel and people turning to such a gospel (2 Cor 11: 4; Gal 1: 6).

The glorious gospel

Paul speaks to the Ephesian elders of the gospel of the grace, the great kindness of God (Acts 20: 24) and writes to the Galatians about turning to a different gospel, so quickly deserting him who called them in the grace of Christ (Gal 1: 6).  Life and immortality are brought to light through the gospel (2 Tim 1: 10) and there is light to be seen in the glory of the gospel of (the) Christ (2 Cor 4: 4). The gospel is the gospel of peace (Eph 6: 15) and one can speak confidently of the hope of the gospel (Col 1: 23). For Paul it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who has faith (Rom 1: 16) and in accordance with the mercy of God, we gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel (Eph 3: 6).  The blessings of the gospel are to be experienced by those who promote the gospel ( 1 Cor 9: 23).

How good is this gospel!  To experience the grace of God which comes through Christ is to have light shine in one’s heart and to know and experience now and in the world to come all that flows from God’s merciful bounty.  Why would anyone turn to a different gospel or have their hope in any philosophy, any religious belief, any endeavour, any achievement, anything constructed, thought of, by man?

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