Hey, gang. We’re kicking off a new study today: “The Gospel According to…” Let me tell you what it’s all about here.
The New Testament epistolary authors tend to be pretty overt about what the gospel is. You’ve likely heard of the Romans Road to salvation, and Peter also lays it out pretty explicitly in his first letter: “For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit” (1 Peter 3:18). The word Greek word “εὐαγγέλιον,” which translates into English as “gospel,” literally means “good news,” and while the epistolary authors assume some familiarity from their readers, they don’t hesitate to define the gospel where it’s relevant to their theology.
Less so with the New Testament authors. They’re quick to establish that Jesus Christ lived, died, and rose again, and they’re ready to supply details to their narratives, but they’re much less explicit about the why of it. So, let’s dig into their theology and see what we can learn. It says “The Gospel According to Matthew” right there at the top of the page; according to Matthew, what is the gospel? If we asked Matthew what the gospel is, what would he say? How about Mark, Luke, John? Unfortunately, we can’t come right out and ask them, but let’s see what we can glean from the accounts they’ve left behind. I plan to begin with a search for the word “gospel” within the gospels (gospelception!) and see where it goes from there.
Today’s chocolate is Green & Black’s organic 70% cacao dark chocolate. Per the wrapper, it’s not only fair trade, but also USDA organic, in case you care about whether it’s USDA organic. It’s also pretty good. Tomorrow, as I take a look at Matthew 4, I will pit Green and Black’s against Pascha, determining the superior chocolate once and for all in a chocolate showdown for the ages. Exciting things are coming on this blog, so get hype.