Joel Beeke – What Really Is the Gospel?

Asked for prayer for Michael, Pam and their four children of his congregation. Michael was involved in a wreck, just before Beeke left home, and is in critical condition.

1 Timothy 1:12-17
12 I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service,
13 though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief,
14 and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.
15 The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.
16 But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life.
17 To the King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

I. The Gospel’s Content

euaggelión – gospel

Eu – good

Aggelos – messenger

The Gospel is the good message.

Romans 10:15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, *“How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”

Not good advice, not hypothetical. Good news. Salvation that is completed. That is the good news.

Declaration of what has been accomplished.

Christ Jesus

1) came into the world
2) to save sinners

Total depravity is inseparable from sin itself. It means transgressing God’s boundaries. Total depravity is primarily an inward thing. Conceived and born in iniquity. Every part of me is unclean in the sight of God. We are alienated from God. We are slaves of sin. Sin is our master. The wages of sin is death.

II. The Gospel’s Reliability

The Gospel never fails. The Gospel is always true. “Trustworthy” is in the place of importance in the sentence in the Greek. It is finished.

III. The Gospel Scope

The Gospel is given to the whole world. It is worthy to be accepted by all. Acceptance is not just an Armenian term, vs 15 “The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance,

IV. The Gospel’s Pattern

1 Timothy 1:16 But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life.

Paul is the pattern that the of the “chief of sinners” can be saved.

V. The Gospel’s Doxology

1 Timothy 1:17 To the King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

Grateful love must come forth. You cannot “not” bring the gospel to others. The gulf is bridged. The Gospel gives glory to God.

Come sinner to the good news of Christ crucified and Him exalted.


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