Category: What is the Gospel?

The Gospel According to Jesus

Introduction Through the work of the Holy Spirit- Jesus alone can open or close one’s eyes to the Christ-Centric nature of His Word. This paper will examine Luke 24:13-35. Historical-Cultural Context of the Gospel of Luke The author of the Gospel of Luke-Acts is Luke. The Lukan authorship of Luke-Acts is affirmed by both external evidence (Church tradition) and internal biblical evidence. Church tradition supporting Luke as the author is both early (from the mid-2nd century A.D) and unanimous (it was never doubted till the 19th century). Proponents of the church tradition include the Muratorian canon, the Anti-Marcionate Prologue, Irenaeus, Clement of Alexandria, Origen and Tertullian.[1] The oldest manuscript of Luke, Bodmer Papyrus XIV, cited as p75 and dated 175-225 A.D. ascribes the book to Luke.[2] The “we” sections of Acts (16:10-17; 20:5-21:18; 27:1-28:16) demonstrate the author was a companion of Paul and participated in the events described in those sections. The author of Acts was one of Paul’s companions listed in his letters written during those periods (Luke is mentioned in Col. 4:14; 2 Tim.4:11; Philem. 24) and not one of those referred to in the third person in the “we” sections (Acts 20:4-5). It is known that the author was from the second generation of the early church, and was not an “eyewitness” of Jesus ministry (Luke 1:2), and was a Gentile (Col 4:14). All of this confirms...

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Lessons Learned in Seminary Part 1- The Gospel

Introduction Recently I have been doing some thinking about lessons I have learned in Bible College and Seminary. This Fall will mark four years I have been in Bible College and Seminary at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. These four years have been spent in the undergraduate and graduate level classes via distance education. Through these four years I’ve learned a number of lessons that I believe apply to all believers and some may only apply to Bible College or Seminary students or perhaps even those in a professional ministry setting. After giving it much thought about which topic, I would start this series on, I decided I would start with the Gospel.  I want to be upfront that this series will be more practically oriented rather than a biblical treatment on the topics that I will discuss. I say this up front so you know that I will be speaking from what I have learned and also my experience. The Gospel It may seem rather obvious to start with the Gospel but I consider it necessary. In the four years I’ve been in Bible College and Seminary I’ve come to see the Gospel not in any way different than I have before I went to Bible College/Seminary but rather as more precious and more beautiful than I ever dared imagine. I’ve come to see more of the Gospel and...

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Homosexuality, New York and Marriage

Introduction Yesterday June 24th, 2011, the state of New York became the sixth state in the United States to legalize gay marriage. The New York Senate passed the bill earlier yesterday evening (June 24th, 2011) and then Governor Andrew Cumo signed it into law. New York joins Vermont and New Hampshire as the only states to legalize gay marriage through state legislatures. In every other state it has happened through the courts. This bill doubles the number of people in the United States who will have access to same-sex marriage.  In this article, I want to explain briefly the biblical arguments against homosexuality and how to minister the Gospel in this climate. Biblical Arguments In the beginning God created man and He created man in His image and likeness. The Lord saw that man was in need of a helpmate and He took from Adam his rib and formed Eve. Adam and Eve then became one flesh and the Lord established the institution of marriage. In Leviticus 18 the Lord gave laws related to sexual practices. These specific laws assume the general prohibition of adultery (Ex. 20:14). Leviticus 18:22 outlaws all homosexuality (Lev. 20:13; Rom. 1:27; 1 Cor. 6:9; 1 Tim. 1:10). Romans 1:26-27 make it clear that God gave them up to dishonorable passions a reference that goes back to Romans 1:18, 24. God gave them up is...

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Indicative and Imperative

Running as a constant motif through Romans 6 is the interplay between what is called the indicative and the imperative. In the former mode, Paul insists that God has himself accomplished our decisive break with sin: “We died to sin” (v.2); “our old self was crucified with him” (v.6); we are “dead to sin but alive to God” (v.11); we “have been brought from death to life” (v.13); “sin shall not be your master” (v.14); “you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of righteousness” (v.18); “you have been set free from sin and become slaves to God” (v.22). But Paul regularly intersperses his indicatives with imperatives that make us responsible for winning the battle against sin: “Do not let sin reign” (v.12); “do not offer the parts of your body to sin but offer yourselves to God” (v.13); “For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members(C) as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification.” (v.19). the combination of these emphases presents both a theological and practical problem. The theological problem is to combine these two so that we can achieve a coherent picture and at the same time do justice to Paul’s teachings on related topics. No theologian completely ignores one of these emphases or the other, but many focus on...

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The Death of Christ on the Cross

The death of Christ is a much debated often heated discussion in the Church today. Paul makes it clear in 1st Corinthians 15:3For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures”. Paul earlier in 1st Corinthians 15:1-2 that Christians are those who, “hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. (1st Corinthians 15:2). With the growing tide of secularism, individualism, pluralism, relativism and the lies of religion seemingly pervading the day in today’s society; a clear explanation on the Cross is not only the need of the day but it ought to be the message which Christians are proclaiming everywhere. The death of Christ according to Paul forms one part of the Gospel which is of first importance. This means a denial on the work of Jesus Cross is a denial of Christianity and shows one is not a Christian. This examination on the Cross will challenge every believer to put in practice what they profess, and challenge the non-Christian to see their sin, and come to the Savior who offers forgiveness for sin. Biblical Evidence for Jesus Death One of the greatest needs in the Church today is to understand what Jesus has done in dying for the sins of the world. In a world that celebrates ideas,...

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