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Really really good news

Posted by on Jun 23, 2010 in discipleship | 3 comments

Really really good news

This is from James at “Idle musings of a bookseller” in his post “The really good news“:

“What’s good news to us now isn’t just that He died for us, though that is good news. It isn’t just that He’s with us, though that is good news. It isn’t just that He’s in us, helping us, though that is good news. The really good news is that He is in us, living His life as us. He has joined His Spirit with our spirit. In the unseen and eternal, there’s Deity inside us. We are not that Deity, but we are containers of that Deity.”— The Rest of the Gospel: When the partial Gospel has worn you out, page 62

That is good news, isn’t it!

Of course, everything mentioned in that post is part of the gospel – the good news of Jesus Christ. And, that’s not all. The gospel includes much, much more than that.

Of course, to put together a picture of the gospel that includes all of the aspects mentioned in James’ post, you would have to put together several passages of Scripture. In other words, there is not one passage of Scripture that describes the gospel in minute detail. In fact, the authors of Scripture usually only present that aspect of the gospel that furthers their argument or that would encourage their readers in that particular context.

So, what does that say about us? When we talk about the gospel, it’s important that we know what we’re talking about, right? But, is it always important for us to spell out every aspect – every facet – every detail of the gospel?

I’ve seen some people criticize authors or bloggers or speakers because the gospel presented in their book, or blog post, or speech was not complete enough for the critic. Is this a valid criticism? Would the authors of Scripture live up to this same criticism? I don’t think so.

So, why do we require others to present the gospel in such a way that the authors of Scripture did not?


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  1. 6-23-2010

    Every presentation of the Gospel should cover the following five points and use the attached seven passages: (that’s what I used to think)

    Jesus had two-way conversations; Paul disputed with people (I read that, “had two-way conversations”). Sharing the Gospel is a two way conversation with others that includes our lives and words AND theirs (usually over multiple times together).

  2. 6-23-2010

    Alan,

    Thanks for the link—and the commentary. Perhaps our problem is that we emphasize the part we are discussing to the exclusion of the rest? For example, a friend and I were discussing the atonement. He said that the heart of atonement is penal substitution; the rest is just commentary. I disagreed, saying that the atonement is more multi-faceted than that. But, he was simply rehearsing what he had been taught.

    Did that make sense?

    James

  3. 6-23-2010

    Art,

    Maybe, if the gospel should be proclaimed in word and in our lives, one of our problems is that we tend to listen to (read) people we don’t know (don’t share our lives with)?

    James,

    Yes, I think you’re right.

    -Alan