It’s Better to Die Than Hinder the Gospel

“I would rather die than have anyone deprive me of my ground for boasting” (1 Corinthians 9:15). What is the ground for Paul’s boasting? It is the “gospel of Christ” (verse 12). The gospel of Christ is centered on Jesus Himself—His perfect humanity, His full deity, the salvation that He perfectly fashioned on the cross. When Paul glories in the gospel, he is glorying in the good news of Jesus Christ, not just of “salvation” as though separate from Christ. Glorying in the gospel is glorying in Jesus; sharing the gospel is sharing the good news that is centered...

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