We talked on Sunday at Second Mile about how the word “gospel” means “good news.” We discussed how Mark’s account is good news about Jesus as the rescuer of humanity and the Son of God. The gospel is the central message of Christianity. But the question is, “What is the gospel?” Now, maybe you’re not really asking that question because you think you have a good grasp on what the gospel is. But, you should know, there’s a lot of discussion among theologians these days about what the gospel is.
Part of this is because it seems that the way biblical writers describe the gospel are so different. Consider
- Matthew, Mark, and Luke (the synoptic gospels) describe the gospel as the “kingdom of God.”
- John describes the gospel as “eternal life.”
- Paul describes the gospel as “justification” or being made right before God.
So which is it? Is there just one gospel or are there three?
These are the questions that are tackled in this excellent lecture by Tim Keller, “Dwelling in the Gospel.” It is a fascinating message that will expand your understanding of the Scripture and will probably highlight some aspects of the gospel that you might sometimes overlook.
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