Gospel, types of

Found the following angle to be probing.  mjm

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The Gospel is not merely a…

1)  Creation Day Only gospel: focused upon humans as made in the image of God, the Eikon of God; seeing nothing but potential, potential, potential.

2)  Fall Day Only gospel: focused upon humans as sinners, as polluted morally, as messed up mentally, as disturbed in the soul, and as unconquerable in the body; seeing nothing but ruin, ruin, ruin.

3)  Good Friday Only gospel: seeing everything happening at the Cross; seeing nothing but forgiveness, forgiveness, forgiveness.

4)  Easter Day Only gospel: focused upon Jesus raised for our sins to liberate us from death and sin; seeing nothing but liberty, liberty, liberty.

5)  Pentecost Day Only gospel: focused upon Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to flood us with his presence; seeing nothing but ecstasy, ecstasy, ecstasy and/or empowerment, empowerment, empowerment.

The gospel needs each of these elements to be what the Bible wants it to be: we are Eikons, cracked Eikons, who need to be forgiven, liberated, and empowered to be Eikons who live with other Eikons in such a way that “God happens” wherever we are.

~Scot McKnight (www.jesuscreed.org)

[modified by mjm)

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