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Gospel Definition

In our men’s Bible Study we have been working on a definition fo the gospel that we can say comes purely from the book of Galatians.

Here is what we came up with:

The true gospel* is the fulfillment of Gods promise to Abraham to justify all nations** through faith in Jesus Christ*** and live by faith having received the Holy Spirit.****

* There is one true gospel ref. Gal. 1:6-12
** Gods promise to Abraham ref. Gal. 3:1-8
*** We are justified through faith in Jesus Christ ref. Gal. 2:15-21
**** We Receive the gift of the Holy Spirit into our hearts Gal 4:6,7
Thanks to Ryan for his editing work on the statement

Here are some important other emphases in Galatians with regard to the gospel:

  • Paul received the gospel as a result of a revelation of Jesus Christ, apart from human agency.
  • The gospel applies to the Jew and the Gentile (& excludes circumcision as a component of the gospel for both)
  • We are justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law.
  • We live by faith in the the Son of God
  • The receiving of the Holy Spirit (beginning with the Holy Spirit) is by hearing with faith, not by works of the law
  • The promises made to Abraham are fulfilled in Christ
  • The gospel has to do with making slaves into sons by redemption and adoption.
  • The gospel is based on Christ’s work, not mine.  All boasting is in the cross.

Here is an interesting article in light of our study from Andreas Kostenburger entitled, “What is the Gospel? Five Observations”.  The link will actually take you to the blog you will have to scroll down to the post from February 3, 2010.  For some reason the link to the article itself doesn’t work.

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