This passage was next in my series on the secrets of the kingdom, but it seemed to fit well as a Playdough Scripture example.
When we think of the gospel being preached and spread throughout the world, what good news message are we thinking about?
Many equate the penal substitutionary atonement theory as the gospel. This theory was formulated by the reformers in the 16th century. It is the thought process that Christ died on the cross as a substitute for sinners. That God imputed the guilt of our sins to Christ, and he, in our place, bore the punishment that we deserve. This was a full payment for sins, which satisfied both the wrath and the righteousness of God, so that He could forgive sinners without compromising His own holy standard.
However when I read the 'gospels' I don't see Jesus or His disciples preaching the good news of penal subsitutionary atonement. But I do see them frequently proclaiming the gospel.
- Gospel in the Gospels - Summary - 6 part series
- What is the Gospel? - lists verses related to gospel in 'the gospels'
- Secrets of the Kingdom Summary
- Which Tent Post Is The Cross?