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What is the Gospel Message? | J.I. Packer


In a word, the evangelistic message is the gospel of Christ and Him crucified, the message of man’s sin and God’s grace, of human guilt and divine forgiveness, of new birth and new life through the gift of
the Holy Spirit. It is a message made up of four essential ingredients.

1. The gospel is a message about God. It tells us who He is, what His character is, what His standards are, and what He requires of us, His creatures. It tells us that we owe our very existence to Him; that for good or ill, we are always in His hands and under His eye; and that He made us to worship and serve Him, to show forth His praise and to live for His glory. These truths are the foundation of theistic religion; and until they are grasped, the rest of the gospel message will seem neither cogent nor relevant. It is here with the assertion of man’s complete and constant dependence on his Creator that the Christian story starts.

We can learn again from Paul at this point. When preaching to Jews, as at Pisidian Antioch, he did not need to mention the fact that men were God’s creatures. He could take this knowledge for granted, for his hearers had the Old Testament faith behind them. He could begin at once to declare Christ to them as the fulfillment of Old Testament hopes. But when preaching to Gentiles, who knew nothing of the Old Testament, Paul had to go further back and start from the beginning. And the beginning from which Paul started in such cases was the doctrine of God’s Creatorship and man’s creaturehood. So, when the Athenians asked him to explain what his talk of Jesus and the resurrection was all about, he spoke to them first of God the Creator and what He made man for. “God…made the world…seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; And hath made…all nations…that they should seek the Lord” (Act 17:24-27). This was not, as some have supposed, a piece of philosophical apologetic of a kind that Paul afterwards renounced, but the first and basic lesson in theistic faith. The gospel starts by teaching us that we, as creatures, are absolutely dependent on God, and that He, as Creator, has an absolute claim on us. Only when we have learned this can we see what sin is, and only when we see what sin is can we understand the good news of salvation from sin. We must know what it means to call God Creator before we can grasp what it means to speak of Him as Redeemer. Nothing can be achieved by talking about sin and salvation where this preliminary lesson has not in some measure been learned.

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THIS JUST IN….Grace Media is now a Monergism Books Affiliate!

Grace Media International, the parent ministry of WQBC Radio, The Mike Corley Program and The Expositor, is happy to announce that we have entered into an agreement with Monergism Books as an affiliate for this wonderful organiztion.

Monergism Books is a Christian Internet bookseller which was established in 2004 and is located in Portland, Oregon. They exist to serve the worldwide church by providing the finest classic and contemporary books within the rich tradition of historic Christian orthodoxy.

As an affilaite of Monergism Books, GMI will provide a tremendous outlet for you to acquire the great resources offered by Monergism Books. In turn, Grace Media will receive a percentage of the purchase price on every item and that in turn will help support the ministry of GMI, The Mike Corley Program and The Expositor.

Log on right now and check out the fantastic resources avaiable, everything from commentaries to multimedia, from great publishers such as Banner of Truth, Soli Deo Gloria, and Crossway; and in turn help support the ministry of Grace Media International.

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