A little over a week ago Tullian Tchividjian, pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, raised a concern on his blog related to proclaiming a truncated gospel, focusing only upon the death of Christ, at the expense of recognizing the massive importance and rich implications of the entirety of Christ’s work the believer’s behalf (i.e., Christ’s life, death, resurrection, ascension, intercession, and return). Being stirred by his post I published a short write-up, citing that Tchividjian is saying the same thing theologian Zach Ursinus said in the 16th century; thus preaching nothing but the historic gospel!
In light of this concern, I’ve decided to begin a blog series entitled, “The Gospel and the Person of Christ.” Each Monday, Lord willing, for the next 8 weeks, in an effort to encourage us to remember and revel in the totality of Christ’s work on our behalf, I’ll be posting on the following facets of the gospel:
- The Gospel and the Incarnation
- The Gospel and the Life of Christ
- The Gospel and the Death of Christ
- The Gospel and the Resurrection of Christ
- The Gospel and the Ascension of Christ
- The Gospel and the Intercession of Christ
- The Gospel and the Return of Christ
- The Gospel and the Eternal City of God
Obviously, volumes could be written on each of the aforementioned headings. This series, however, will attempt to do justice to the topics while being concise, biblically faithful, accessible, and helpful for our understanding of, and joy in, the entirety of Christ’s work for sinners. Attention will be given to the necessity of each above facet for our salvation and security before a holy God, as well as their implications for our lives. By God’s grace, may he drive us, in our desperate state, to deeply depend upon all Christ has accomplished for us!
May God be glorified as we are, by his grace, set free to rest in all of Christ’s work on our behalf!
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