Sunday, October 17, 2010

D. A. Carson on the Gospel

D. A. Carson is one of my favorite authors. He is a brilliant theologian, a good writer, and converses knowledgeably about a great number of subjects. Carson writes the following about the gospel in a chapter entitled "What is the Gospel? - Revisited" as part of the new book For the Fame of God's Name (p. 162).

"The heart of the gospel is what God has done in Jesus, supremely in his death and resurrection. Period. It is not personal testimony about our repentance; it is not a few words about our faith response; it is not obedience; it is not the cultural mandate or any other mandate. Repentance, faith, and obedience are of course essential, and must be rightly related in the light of Scripture, but they are not the good news. The gospel is the good news about what God has done. Because of what God has done in Christ Jesus, the gospel necessarily includes the good that has been secured by Christ and his cross work. Thus it has a present and an eschatological dimension. We announce the gospel."

1 comment:

Misplaced Honor said...

Timely post for me. This was a theme as we gathered this morning and shared Revelations chapter 5. Worthy is the Lamb!