The WHOLE Gospel

9 Jun

So Paul’s short 5 verse in 1 Corinthians 2 are pretty amazing. More amazing still is his summation of the Gospel in just 4 words:

“Jesus Christ and Him crucified.”

In them we see the WHOLE Gospel. We see both the person and work of Christ. Both are vital to us, we cannot go without either. For Paul that was all he wanted to know.

Jesus is the Christ and all that reveals. God made man on a mission.

Him Crucified speaks of the primary purpose of his mission, to rescue rebels (thanks Tico Rice).

I wonder how often we commit to knowing nothing but the whole Gospel?

(Tomorrow some thoughts on the major theme of 1Corinthians with special reference to Paul’s ‘fearing and trembling’)

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4 Responses to “The WHOLE Gospel”

  1. dai hankey 10/06/2010 at 5:39 pm #

    Mate these are special words but I would have to question whether they adequately portray the whole gospel as there is no clear reference to the resurrection, which is the oft-forgotten-yet-inescapably-crucial flip-side of the gospel coin! No resurrection = no gospel!! (Adrian Warnock would probably agree!) For a simple and concise definition of the gosepl I think 1Corinthians 15v3-4 does the job.

    God bless you bro…

    • sammydaviesjr 10/06/2010 at 9:53 pm #

      Dai, I wouldn’t for a second think that the resurrection wasn’t part of the work of Christ, in fact I preached it’s vital-ness this last Easter morn! When I speak of the work of Christ I mean the life, death and resurrection. (you might also have mentioned that his life wasn’t specificly mentioned…without his perfect obedience the cross AND resurrection would have been worthless)

      The fact that Paul includes both his life and the resurrection in ch15 as that which he gave as of forst importance (reminicent of ‘i determind to know nithing among you except…’) backs up my thought that it’s part of Christ’s work as summed up in the word ‘crucified’. I possibly wrongly assumed that to speak of ‘the Cross’ or ‘the work of Christ’ covered all of these aspects fully. Sorry for any confusion.

  2. Tolbert 22/07/2010 at 3:16 pm #

    Hey please tell me you mean by that image its kind of perplexing……

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