Saturday, August 27, 2016

Luke 9:6 (KJV) That – Is The Gospel

Luke 9:6 (KJV)
And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing every where.
People speak of a the several gospels in the Bible, i.e.:
  • The gospel of the kingdom 
  • The everlasting gospel 
  • Etc.
Paul told the Corinthians he had declared to them the gospel, which he preached and went on to speak of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. This has led us to claim the death burial and resurrection is the gospel. That could not have been what the disciples preached here in Luke 9 as the historical event of the cross had not yet happened.
I recently heard a definition of the gospel that I believe wraps all of the gospels people speak of into one piece of good news. The definition is, “an appeal (or invitation) to be reconciled to God through Christ.”
This definition finds its culmination in the death, burial and resurrection. It holds the promise of inheritance of the kingdom and it contains an everlasting hope. It is what the gospel is meant to accomplish. It’s only weakness as I can see, is that Calvinistic brethren tend to dislike the concept of earnest appeals and invitations. I would counter that the concept of preaching is an appeal or invitation; the rest is public speaking and teaching.
Preaching has at its heart, the appeal to be reconciled to God through Christ.
That – is the gospel.
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Luke 9:6 (KJV) That – Is The Gospel

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