Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Basic Definitions of the Gospel

Here are some basic definitions of the gospel that I have come across on the internet.

Robert Webber - Ancient Future Worship
The incredible and radical story of God is that he loves the world so much that he enters into the suffering of the world so that through his death, sin is defeated, death is overcome, hell is conquered. And in his resurrection, life, the true life of the Spirit is recovered and man and the world is made new.

Scot McKnight
Jesus Creed
It is the work of the trinitarian God (Father, Son, Spirit), in the context of a community, to restore cracked Eikons to union with God and communion with others, for the good of others and the world.

Alan Higgins - Real Christianity
It simply is this. We are all sinners and have broken God’s laws and as a result the wrath of God abides on us. God must punish sin because he is holy and he SHOULD punish us all and throw us ALL into the lake of fire but Christ showed his love to us by taking the punishment on the cross that should have been ours, and dying on the cross provided a way out for us so that we can receive the forgiveness of sins and be made righteous. Simply said, we broke the law, but Jesus paid the fine. Unless a person repents and puts their trust in Christ ALONE, they will incur God’s punishment and his wrath.


Jonathan DeSeno said...

I like the last one best. It's really clear and simple.

William Anderson said...

Yes, it is a good one Johnathan. I have collected many definitions of the gospel over the past few years so I thought it would be good to share a few of them each week until I run out.

I think it is good to see things through the eyes of others, especially those who love God, have a passion for the gospel and have thought long and hard on what the gospel is.