The Gospel of the Kingdom, Pt. 6

“In thinking about the gospel, then, we should imagine the set of language that describes God’s creation of a people who embody the gracious reign of the Creator God in Christ through practices of joyful self-sacrifice, service, justice, love, compassion, care for the poor and for creation itself, confession of sin, and forgiveness. And the gospel is speech about God’s creation of a people who embody God’s passionate pursuit of the whole of creation.” Tim Gombis

Faith Improvised

I started this series of reflections by noting that in the NT Gospels, the gospel proclamation involves “the gospel of the kingdom.”  Jesus is announcing the arrival of God’s restored order of flourishing with his advent.  And I claimed that this reality should shape how we conceive of the gospel.

Unfortunately, many good Christian people conceive of “the gospel” in terms of a “gospel presentation,” the brief summary of a transaction whereby individuals can be set right with God.

Over the last few posts, I wrote that Christians ought to think about the gospel from the starting points of Genesis 1-2 and Israel.  We see God’s original intentions for creation in Genesis 1-2, and we come to understand the broad outlines of how God aims to set things right when we consider Israel.

In thinking about the gospel, then, we should imagine the set of language that describes God’s creation…

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