D. A. Carson: The Gospel of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:1-19)

“Therefore my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain” (15:58).

JP: This is a long article that is a very worthwhile read. I am not excerpting the article but post some key outline points. By D.A. Carson – From the Spurgeon Fellowship Journal Feature – Spring 2008

D. A. Carson: The Gospel of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:1-19)

Major outline points:

  1. The gospel is Christological; it is Christ-centered
  2. The gospel is theological
  3. The gospel is biblical
  4. The gospel is thus apostolic
  5. The gospel is historical. Here four things must be said
    • 1 Corinthians 15 specifies both Jesus’ burial and his resurrection
    • the manner by which we have access to the historical events of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection, is exactly the same as that by which we have access to almost any historical event: through the witness and remains of those who were there, by means of the records they left behind
    • we must see that, unlike other religions, the central Christian claims are irreducibly historical
    • we must face the fact that in contemporary discussion the word “historical” is sometimes invested with a number of slippery assumptions
  6. The gospel is personal
  7. The gospel is universal
  8. The gospel is eschatological

Now the passage in front of us includes several wonderful truths that further unpack this gospel before our eyes. I can summarize them in five clarifying sentences.

  1. This gospel is normally disseminated in proclamation
  2. This gospel is fruitfully received in authentic, persevering faith
  3. This gospel is properly disclosed in personal self-humiliation
  4. This gospel is rightly asserted to be the central confession of the whole church
  5. The gospel is boldly advancing under the contested reign and inevitable victory of Jesus the king
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