4. Paul’s Gospel—the Gospel of Completion
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Scripture Reading: Gal. 1:11-12; Rom. 1:1, 9; 16:25; Col. 1:25; 1 Tim. 1:11
Gal 1:11         For I make known to you, brothers, concerning the gospel announced by me, that it is not according to man.
Gal 1:12         For neither did I receive it from man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation by Jesus Christ.
Rom 1:1         Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, a called apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,
Rom 1:9         For God is my witness, whom I serve in my spirit in the gospel of His Son, how unceasingly I make mention of you always in my prayers,
Rom 16:25     Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel, that is, the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which has been kept in silence in the times of the ages
Col 1:25         Of which I became a minister according to the stewardship of God, which was given to me for you, to complete the word of God,
1 Tim 1:11      According to the gospel of the glory of the blessed God, with which I was entrusted.
 
I.     Paul received a marvelous revelation of the gospel directly from the Lord Himself; we in the Lord’s recovery need to have a clear view of Paul’s gospel, the gospel according to Paul—Gal. 1:11-12; Rom. 16:25.
Gal 1:11         For I make known to you, brothers, concerning the gospel announced by me, that it is not according to man.
Gal 1:12         For neither did I receive it from man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation by Jesus Christ.
Rom 16:25     Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel, that is, the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which has been kept in silence in the times of the ages
 
II.   The gospel that Paul received through the revelation of Christ is the center of God’s revelation in the New Testament—Rom. 1:1, 9:
Rom 1:1         Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, a called apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,
Rom 1:9         For God is my witness, whom I serve in my spirit in the gospel of His Son, how unceasingly I make mention of you always in my prayers,
 
A.     Paul’s gospel is a revelation of the Triune God processed to become the all-inclusive life-giving Spirit—1 Cor. 15:45b; 2 Cor. 3:17; Gal. 3:2, 5, 14.
1 Cor 15:45b  … the last Adam became a life-giving Spirit.
2 Cor 3:17      And the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
Gal 3:2           This only I wish to learn from you, Did you receive the Spirit out of the works of law or out of the hearing of faith?
Gal 3:5           He therefore who bountifully supplies to you the Spirit and does works of power among you, does He do it out of the works of law or out of the hearing of faith?
Gal 3:14         In order that the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
 
B.     Paul’s gospel is centered on the Triune God being our life in order to be one with us and to make us one with Him so that we may be the Body of Christ to express Christ in a corporate way—Rom. 8:11; 12:4-5; Eph. 1:22-23.
Rom 8:11       And if the Spirit of the One who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who indwells you.
Rom 12:4       For just as in one body we have many members, and all the members do not have the same function,
Rom 12:5       So we who are many are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.
Eph 1:22        And He subjected all things under His feet and gave Him to be Head over all things to the church,
Eph 1:23        Which is His Body, the fullness of the One who fills all in all.
 
 
C.     The focal point of Paul’s gospel is God Himself in His Trinity becoming the processed all-inclusive Spirit to be life and everything to us for our enjoyment so that He and we may be one to express Him for eternity—Gal. 4:4, 6; 3:13-14, 26-28; 6:15.
Gal 4:4           But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under law,
Gal 4:6           And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, Abba, Father!
Gal 3:13         Christ has redeemed us out of the curse of the law, having become a curse on our behalf; because it is written, "Cursed is everyone hanging on a tree";
Gal 3:14         In order that the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
Gal 3:26         For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.
Gal 3:27         For as many as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
Gal 3:28         There cannot be Jew nor Greek, there cannot be slave nor free man, there cannot be male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Gal 6:15         For neither is circumcision anything nor uncircumcision, but a new creation is what matters.
 
III.  Paul’s gospel, the gospel of God, is the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery—Rom. 16:25:
Rom 16:25     Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel, that is, the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which has been kept in silence in the times of the ages
 
A.     We are established according to the pure and full gospel of God—v. 25.
Rom 16:25     Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel, that is, the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which has been kept in silence in the times of the ages
 
B.     Paul’s gospel is the full gospel, including the teaching concerning Christ, the Body, and the local churches—1:3-4; 2:16; 3:23-26; 12:4-5; 16:1, 4, 16, 25.
Rom 1:3         Concerning His Son, who came out of the seed of David according to the flesh,
Rom 1:4         Who was designated the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness out of the resurrection of the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord;
Rom 2:16       In the day when God judges the secrets of men according to my gospel through Jesus Christ.
Rom 3:23       For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Rom 3:24       Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus;
Rom 3:25       Whom God set forth as a propitiation place through faith in His blood, for the demonstrating of His righteousness, in that in His forbearance God passed over the sins that had previously occurred,
Rom 3:26       With a view to the demonstrating of His righteousness in the present time, so that He might be righteous and the One who justifies him who is of the faith of Jesus.
Rom 12:4       For just as in one body we have many members, and all the members do not have the same function,
Rom 12:5       So we who are many are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.
Rom 16:1       I commend to you Phoebe our sister, who is a deaconess of the church which is in Cenchrea,
Rom 16:4       Who risked their own necks for my life, to whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles;
Rom 16:16     Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you.
Rom 16:25     Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel, that is, the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which has been kept in silence in the times of the ages
 
C.     The gospel is the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery—v. 25:
Rom 16:25     Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel, that is, the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which has been kept in silence in the times of the ages
1.      The gospel of God is a proclamation, an official public announcement; the Lord Jesus and the apostles proclaimed the gospel—Matt. 26:13; Mark 1:14; 16:15; Rom. 1:15; 10:15; Col. 1:27-28.
Matt 26:13      Truly I say to you, Wherever this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what this woman has done shall also be told as a memorial of her.
Mark 1:14       And after John was delivered up, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God,
Mark 16:15     And He said to them, Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to all the creation.
Rom 1:15       So, for my part, I am ready to announce the gospel to you also who are in Rome.
Rom 10:15     And how shall they proclaim Him unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who announce the news of good things!"
Col 1:27         To whom God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory,
Col 1:28         Whom we announce, admonishing every man and teaching every man in all wisdom that we may present every man full-grown in Christ;
2.      The gospel is the proclamation of Jesus Christ—Acts 8:5, 12; 9:20; 17:18.
Acts 8:5         And Philip went down to the city of Samaria and proclaimed the Christ to them.
Acts 8:12       But when they believed Philip, who announced the gospel of the kingdom of God and of the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
Acts 9:20       And immediately he proclaimed Jesus in the synagogues, that this One is the Son of God.
Acts 17:18     And some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers also confronted him. And some said, What would this babbler wish to say? And others, He seems to be an announcer of foreign deities-because he was announcing Jesus and the resurrection as the gospel.
3.      The proclamation of Jesus Christ is “according to the revelation of the mystery”; this mystery is mainly of two aspects—Rom. 16:25:
Rom 16:25     Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel, that is, the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which has been kept in silence in the times of the ages
a.      The mystery of God is Christ, who is in the believers as their life and their everything for His Body—Col. 2:2; 1:26-27; 3:4-11; Rom. 12:4-5.
Col 2:2           That their hearts may be comforted, they being knit together in love and unto all the riches of the full assurance of understanding, unto the full knowledge of the mystery of God, Christ,
Col 1:26         The mystery which has been hidden from the ages and from the generations but now has been manifested to His saints;
Col 1:27         To whom God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory,
Col 3:4           When Christ our life is manifested, then you also will be manifested with Him in glory.
Col 3:5           Put to death therefore your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and greediness, which is idolatry;
Col 3:6           Because of which things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience;
Col 3:7           In which you also once walked, when you lived in these things.
Col 3:8           But now, you also, put away all these things: wrath, anger, malice, blasphemy, foul abusive language out of your mouth.
Col 3:9           Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his practices
Col 3:10         And have put on the new man, which is being renewed unto full knowledge according to the image of Him who created him,
Col 3:11         Where there cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free man, but Christ is all and in all.
Rom 12:4       For just as in one body we have many members, and all the members do not have the same function,
Rom 12:5       So we who are many are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.
b.      The mystery of Christ is the church as His Body to express His fullness—Eph. 3:4-6; 1:22-23.
Eph 3:4          By which, in reading it, you can perceive my understanding in the mystery of Christ,
Eph 3:5          Which in other generations was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets in spirit,
Eph 3:6          That in Christ Jesus the Gentiles are fellow heirs and fellow members of the Body and fellow partakers of the promise through the gospel,
Eph 1:22        And He subjected all things under His feet and gave Him to be Head over all things to the church,
Eph 1:23        Which is His Body, the fullness of the One who fills all in all.
 
IV.  Matthew’s gospel is the gospel of the kingdom, John’s gospel is the gospel of life, Luke’s gospel is the gospel of the forgiveness of sins, Mark’s gospel is the gospel of service, and Paul’s gospel is the gospel of completion:
A.     Matthew reveals that Christ, the Son of David, came as the King to establish the kingdom of the heavens on earth; the aspect of the gospel emphasized in Matthew is the kingdom—1:1; 4:17; 12:28.
Matt 1:1         The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham:
Matt 4:17       From that time Jesus began to proclaim and to say, Repent, for the kingdom of the heavens has drawn near.
Matt 12:28      But if I, by the Spirit of God, cast out the demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
 
B.     The Gospel of John, the gospel of life, emphasizes eternal life; in this Gospel John brings us into a full realization of the divine life—1:4; 3:15; 10:10; 11:25.
John 1:4        In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.
John 3:15       That everyone who believes into Him may have eternal life.
John 10:10     The thief does not come except to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life and may have it abundantly.
John 11:25     Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes into Me, even if he should die, shall live;
 
C.     The aspect of the gospel emphasized in Luke is that of the forgiveness of sins; according to 24:47, repentance for forgiveness of sins should be preached in the name of Christ to all the nations.
Luke 24:47     And that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
 
D.     Mark is the gospel of service; according to the Gospel of Mark, Christ came as a slave to serve God by ministering to His redeemed people—10:45.
Mark 10:45     For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many.
 
E.      Paul became a minister according to the stewardship of God to complete the word of God (Col. 1:25); hence, Paul’s gospel is the gospel of completion.
Col 1:25         Of which I became a minister according to the stewardship of God, which was given to me for you, to complete the word of God,
 
F.      Paul’s gospel includes all the aspects of the four Gospels—the kingdom, life, forgiveness, and service; however, in his Epistles Paul covers much more, for many important aspects of the gospel are found only in the writings of Paul—Col. 1:17; Rom. 12:5:
Col 1:17         And He is before all things, and all things cohere in Him;
Rom 12:5       So we who are many are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.
1.      Paul’s gospel speaks of Christ being five matters to us:
a.      Christ is in us as the hope of glory—Col. 1:27.
Col 1:27         To whom God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory,
b.      Christ lives in us—Gal. 2:20.
Gal 2:20         I am crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live in faith, the faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
c.      Christ is being formed in us—4:19.
Gal 4:19         My children, with whom I travail again in birth until Christ is formed in you,
d.      Christ is making His home in us—Eph. 3:17.
Eph 3:17        That Christ may make His home in your hearts through faith, that you, being rooted and grounded in love,
e.      We are being filled with Christ to be the fullness of God—v. 19.
Eph 3:19        And to know the knowledge-surpassing love of Christ, that you may be filled unto all the fullness of God.
2.      Paul’s gospel concerns Christ as the Spirit living within the believers after His resurrection—Rom. 1:1, 9; 8:9-10:
Rom 1:1         Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, a called apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,
Rom 1:9         For God is my witness, whom I serve in my spirit in the gospel of His Son, how unceasingly I make mention of you always in my prayers,
Rom 8:9         But you are not in the flesh, but in the spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Yet if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not of Him.
Rom 8:10       But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the spirit is life because of righteousness.
a.      Christ has resurrected and has become the life-giving Spirit indwelling the believers—1 Cor. 15:45b; 2 Cor. 3:17-18; Rom. 8:10.
1 Cor 15:45b  … the last Adam became a life-giving Spirit.
2 Cor 3:17      And the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
2 Cor 3:18      But we all with unveiled face, beholding and reflecting like a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord Spirit.
Rom 8:10       But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the spirit is life because of righteousness.
b.      Paul’s gospel is the gospel of the One who is now indwelling His believers as their subjective Savior.
3.      From Paul’s gospel we learn that the Spirit of Christ is a seal and pledge—2 Cor. 1:22.
2 Cor 1:22      He who has also sealed us and given the Spirit in our hearts as a pledge.
4.      Paul’s gospel concerns Christ as the Head and the church as the Body—Col. 1:18; Eph. 1:22-23.
Col 1:18         And He is the Head of the Body, the church; He is the beginning, the Firstborn from the dead, that He Himself might have the first place in all things;
Eph 1:22        And He subjected all things under His feet and gave Him to be Head over all things to the church,
Eph 1:23        Which is His Body, the fullness of the One who fills all in all.
5.      The gospel Paul preached includes the whole book of Romans; this book reveals the complete gospel, beginning with forgiveness of sins, passing through sanctification, transformation, and the constitution of the Body of Christ, and eventually arriving at the living of the church life in the churches.
 
V.   Paul’s gospel is “the gospel of the glory of the blessed God”—1 Tim. 1:11:
1 Tim 1:11      According to the gospel of the glory of the blessed God, with which I was entrusted.
A.     The gospel of the glory of the blessed God is an excellent expression; it refers to God’s economy in verse 4.
1 Tim 1:4        Nor to give heed to myths and unending genealogies, which produce questionings rather than God's economy, which is in faith.
B.     The gospel with which the apostle Paul was entrusted is the effulgence of the glory of the blessed God—2 Cor. 4:4, 6.
2 Cor 4:4        In whom the god of this age has blinded the thoughts of the unbelievers that the illumination of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, might not shine on them.
2 Cor 4:6        Because the God who said, Out of darkness light shall shine, is the One who shined in our hearts to illuminate the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
C.     By dispensing God’s life and nature in Christ into God’s chosen people, this gospel shines forth God’s glory, in which God is blessed among His people—1 Tim. 1:11:
1 Tim 1:11      According to the gospel of the glory of the blessed God, with which I was entrusted.
1.      This is the commission and the ministry the apostle received of the Lord—v. 12.
1 Tim 1:12      I give thanks to Him who empowers me, Christ Jesus our Lord, that He has counted me faithful, appointing me to the ministry,
2.      This gospel should be commonly taught and preached in a local church.

 

 
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