What is the very heart of the gospel message? Because of the many doctrines having to do with the Christian faith, and of the many implications and interpretations of these individual doctrines, it would seem relevant to consider all of them and then determine those which must at all times be a part of the message.
The Gospel centers in the Person and Work of Christ, the Son of God, and his deity is the cornerstone of Protestant faith. But along with his deity there are many other truths which are not only of theological importance but of practical significance.
The Christ who is the center of the Gospel is the Christ of the Bible. To preach another Christ, divested of his supernatural and miraculous attributes, may seem to answer some people’s intellectual problems, but it poses greater problems that prove in the last analysis baffling. Now, while we magnify the deity of our Lord, we must at the same time recognize his full humanity, without which the Incarnation could never have been a reality.
But the gospel message, while having its background and explanation in the deity of our Lord and in those things recorded about him in the Scriptures, is based primarily on what he, the Son of God, did for sinful man.
The Apostle Paul, writing to the Galatian Christians, said: “But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
On the basis of that revelation he wrote to the believers in Corinth: “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures.”
That is the heart of the gospel message. The deity of our Lord and all of the ...1
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