Friday, February 18, 2011

Horton on the Gospel

Came across this video, and really liked it.

Some notable quotes:

A definition of the Gospel: "From Genesis to Revelation, the Gospel is God's promise of a Son who will crush the serpent's head, forgive the sins of His people, raise them from the dead, and give them everlasting life solely on the basis of His grace for the sake of Christ."

The Gospel is founded upon God's grace: "The Gospel never tells us something to do. The Gospel tells us about something that's been done."

Confronting popular catch-phrases that betray false conceptions about the nature of the Gospel: "We hear people say today, 'We need to live the Gospel. We need to do the Gospel.' But actually, we need to do the Law. You can't do the Gospel. That's a category mistake. It's the most fundamental, basic theological mistake you could make: to confuse the Law with the Gospel. ... If we confuse those two things, we'll make ourselves partly our own saviors."

Confronting popular catch-phrases that betray false conceptions about the nature of mission and Gospel ministry: "We do not extend Christ's incarnation. We do not contribute to His redeeming and reconciling work in the world. We are the ones who are redeemed and are telling everyone else about it. We are witnesses to His redeeming work, not extensions of it."

Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law
through the body of Christ,
so that you might be joined to another,
to Him who was raised from the dead,
in order that we might bear fruit for God.

- Romans 7:4 -

Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures,
and He said to them, "Thus it is written,
that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day,
and that repentance for forgiveness of sins
would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
You are witnesses of these things.
- Luke 24:45-48 -


Mary Elizabeth Tyler said...

You may already know about this, Mike, but if not, over at his blog he has a really good article on this same subject, called: A Review of the Manhattan Declaration.
Dated Dec 1st 2009.

I would give a link to it, but I am not sure how to do it.

I am still reading along and enjoying your articles. :)

Mike Riccardi said...

Thanks for the tip, Mary. It was a good companion piece (here, for anyone else interested).

And thanks for letting me know you're still here. :-) I always appreciate your kind encouragement.

Mike Riccardi said...

An excellent companion piece from Voddie Baucham, here.