Even so Abraham BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS RECKONED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS. Therefore, be sure that it is those who are of faith who are sons of Abraham. The Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “ALL THE NATIONS WILL BE BLESSED IN YOU.” So then those who are of faith are blessed with Abraham, the believer. For as many as are of the works of the Law are under a curse; for it is written, “CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO DOES NOT ABIDE BY ALL THINGS WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF THE LAW, TO PERFORM THEM.” Now that no one is justified by the Law before God is evident; for, “THE RIGHTEOUS MAN SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.” However, the Law is not of faith; on the contrary, “HE WHO PRACTICES THEM SHALL LIVE BY THEM.” Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us–for it is written, “CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE”– in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
Here is a classic text to launch the question that titles this post. The dilemma here is that what Paul seems to be referencing as the preaching of the gospel (“All the nations wilk be blessed in you”) wouldn’t be understood as a full treatment of the gospel.
For instance, he didn’t mention that “God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life” or ask “What do you understand it takes for a person to go to heaven?”
All kidding aside, it is the epitome of obvious to state that the Gospel is fundamental to Christianity. However, how many times have you heard it defined? Hopefully you grew up in a better setting than I did but if not then you are used to hearing the Gospel referenced but not defined.
In the hopes of encouraging (or at least documenting) discussion on the nature of the Gospel I’ve added a new category to my blogroll: What Is The Gospel? I intend to permalink (perma being a relative term, lasting as long as I choose) to posts dealing with the nature of the Gospel.
If you have written on the subject, know where someone has, or know of a text-based discussion of the nature of thegospel then please let me know. I started with a centuri0n post from Pyromaniacs but I’d like to see the list expanded.
Here’s your chance – what is the gospel? Blog about it and send me the link.