Midday Bible Study: Gospel 64

We finish our series on “gospel” today, and we do so by looking briefly at three references to “gospel” in Revelation:

10: 5 Then the angel I had seen standing on the sea and on the land raised his right hand to heaven. 6 And
he swore by him who lives for ever and ever, who created the heavens
and all that is in them, the earth and all that is in it, and the sea
and all that is in it, and said, “There will be no more delay! 7 But
in the days when the seventh angel is about to sound his trumpet, the
mystery of God will be accomplished, just as he announced [gospeled] to his
servants the prophets.”

14:6 Then
I saw another angel flying in midair, and he had the eternal gospel to
proclaim to those who live on the earth-to every nation, tribe,
language and people. 7 He
said in a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of
his judgment has come. Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the
sea and the springs of water.”


Two simple points:

1. The gospel was announced to the prophets in advance; the seer calls it the “mystery of God.”
2. The gospel is for all human beings and it is a summons to “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of
his judgment has come. Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the
sea and the springs of water.”

We are to understand faith in the gospel and obeying the gospel and fearing God/giving God glory, and worshiping the God of Jesus Christ as overlapping elements of the proper response of humans to the gospel itself.

About Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author of more than forty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL.

  • http://www.getting-free.blogspot.com T

    Scot,
    Doesn’t this passage particularly reinforce the idea that “Gospel” and “preaching” in the culture and time of the New Testament always had the flavor of a Herald sent by King to announce new edicts, offers, etc. from that King?

  • Scot McKnight

    T,
    I would say so, yes. The word “King” is not often enough in view for me to bring it into view all the time, but that is the social context out of which many “messages” were announced.

  • http://www.getting-free.blogspot.com T

    Does the term “Christ”, in your view, when it is used in the NT, carry with it in the minds of Peter, Paul, James (or all Jews) this same idea, especially when combined with “preaching” or “gospeling?”


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