A “New Perspective” on the Gospel, the King Jesus Gospel 6

In The King Jesus Gospel, Scot articulates why he thinks its dangerous to confuse the “gospel with” the “Plan of Salvation”. Here are his two reasons.

When the plan of salvation gets separated from the story:

1. The plan almost always becomes abstract, propositional, de-storified and, therefore, unbiblical.

2. The story of what God is doing in and through Israel and Jesus the Messiah gets turned into a story about me and my own personal salvation.

The plan has a way of cutting the story from the story about God and God’s Messiah and God’s people into a story about God and one person–me–and in this the story shifts from Christ and community to individualism. We need the latter without cutting off the former (62).

Do you agree or disagree? Why?

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  • Jonathan Mcgill

    I agree. We just need to refocus the lens a bit. My individual salvation is certainly a part of what God is doing in and through Israel and Messiah Jesus, but only within the larger sphere of God’s cosmic reconciliation. The gospel is the broad message of God’s faithfulness to world through the Messiah of Israel. My personal (eschatological) salvation gets lumped in there, provided I repent, believe in what God has, is and will do therefore living in a way which corresponds.

  • Jonathan Mcgill

    I agree. We just need to refocus the lens a bit. My individual salvation is certainly a part of what God is doing in and through Israel and Messiah Jesus, but only within the larger sphere of God’s cosmic reconciliation. The gospel is the broad message of God’s faithfulness to world through the Messiah of Israel. My personal (eschatological) salvation gets lumped in there, provided I repent, believe in what God has, is and will do therefore living in a way which corresponds.

  • Ted

    When one says, “Jesus died for your sins,” that’s both proposition and story. You can’t de-story the story by summary. Neither can you un-proposition the Gospel’s impact.

    God’s story naturally includes Israel, but it’s also personal.

  • Ted

    When one says, “Jesus died for your sins,” that’s both proposition and story. You can’t de-story the story by summary. Neither can you un-proposition the Gospel’s impact.

    God’s story naturally includes Israel, but it’s also personal.

  • Jeremy

    While I echo many of McKnight’s thoughts from what I have read on this blog, I still fail to see why this book is so revolutionary.

  • Jeremy

    While I echo many of McKnight’s thoughts from what I have read on this blog, I still fail to see why this book is so revolutionary.


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