What is the Gospel?

One of the few places where we see the content of the post-resurrection Gospel spelled out is 1 Cor. 15:3-5.  Most scholars agree that this passage is earlier than Paul and in it Paul is most likely quoting an early Christian creed or confession.  There are five parts to this summary of the Gospel:

  1. Jesus is the Christ/Messiah/Lord (the concept of the Kingdom is inherent in it)
  2. Jesus’ death was salvific
  3. Jesus died and was buried
  4. Jesus rose/was raised from the dead
  5. Jesus appeared to many after his resurrection and they confirmed his identity

John Dickson gives an excellent summary of the Gospel and what the proclamation of the Gospel (whether one-on-one or in a worship setting) must entail and on which we must take our stand: “(1) the sin-atoning death, (2) the burial, (3) the resurrection, (4) and the appearances (5) of the one authenticated by God to be Messiah/Lord.” (Dickson, The Best Kept Secret of Christian Mission, chapter 8).


About Michael R. Jones

Pastor and PhD candidate writing on Paul's theology of suffering.
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