The following articles are related to the topic of GOSPELS, THE

The Gospel in Miniature — In the Book of Revelation

The book of Revelation is a mysterious yet wonderful document. It is mysterious because its message is largely couched in the language of symbolism; it is wonderful because of the hope it presents. Revelation contains word pictures of horses, beasts, horns, bowls which pour forth wrath, bloody battle scenes, etc. The very first verse asserts that it is "the revelation ... read more »

Hebrews 2:1 – Giving Heed to the Gospel

The writer of Hebrews contends that Christians ought to earnestly give heed to the things that were spoken (i.e., gospel principles), lest they drift away from them (Hebrews 2:1). Of special interest in this passage is the verb "give heed" (Grk. prosecho), which derives from pros (facing, towards) and echo (to have, hold). The etymology thus suggests turning one's attention ... read more »

The Gospel Writers and Their Quotations from Jesus

Why did the writers of the Gospels sometimes quote Jesus differently? Should not their quotations agree with one another? This troubles me. This is a good question but the alleged problem is not of serious import. Let us consider the following factors. General Principles First, it has long been recognized that in referring to another's audible use of language, or ... read more »

Church Growth: By the Gospel or By Gimmicks?

On the first Pentecost following the resurrection of the Lord, the church of Christ exploded in to existence. Under the supernatural influence of the Holy Spirit, the apostles, for the very first time, proclaimed the full facts of the gospel message-namely, that Jesus of Nazareth had been crucified and buried, but that he had been raised from the dead and ... read more »

Was the Gospel Preached throughout the “Whole World” in the First Century?

"What is the meaning of Paul's statement in his letter to the Colossians, when he suggested that the gospel already had been 'preached in all creation under heaven' (Colossians 1:23)?How could this possibly have been an accurate statement?" As we begin to consider this text, let us also observe that there are other passages of similar import that may be ... read more »

Are We Resurrected from the Dead When We Obey the Gospel?

"Are we resurrected from the dead when obeying the gospel? If we are made alive in Christ, how can we be dead and resurrected again [at his second-coming]?" Before one obeys the gospel, he is dead in sin (Eph. 2:1). To which does this refer: the physical body or a spiritual condition? It refers, of course, to our spiritual condition. ... read more »

Galatians 1:23 – The Faith

The term "faith" is used in different senses in the New Testament. Frequently the word is employed subjectively, meaning it has to do with one's personal belief - the faith that abides in the Christian's heart. At other times, "faith" is used in an objective sense. In such circumstances it stands for the gospel system - the body of doctrine ... read more »

1 Corinthians 1:17 — Paul Not Sent to Baptize

One of the arguments used by certain denominationalists in an attempt to negate the importance of baptism in the scheme of redemption is based upon Paul's statement in 1 Corinthians 1:17: "For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel. . . " For example, Norman Geisler and Thomas Howe, in their book, When Critics Ask, reason ... read more »

Paul, the Master Preacher

Next to the Lord, the greatest and most effective preacher who ever lived was the apostle Paul. He evangelized three continents and penned two-thirds of the New Testament's epistles-sacred documents which have revolutionized the world. First Thessalonians 2:1-12 gives us one of the clearest, most helpful and inspirational insights to Paul, the peerless preacher, to be found anywhere in his ... read more »

Titus 1:3 – Paul’s Divine Message

Theologians frequently talk of "Pauline theology" and "Peterine theology" as though the apostles formulated their own doctrinal platforms. Paul's claim was that his message was divine. Hear him. God "in his own seasons manifested his word in the message, wherewith I was entrusted according to the commandment of God our Savior" (1:3). The apostle's message was God's word! Could a ... read more »