Heralding the King and Savior

Again, Michael F. Bird achieves biblical balance:

The gospel is an explosive announcement that the despised and rejected one is now installed in a place of authority and deserves the acclaim normally reserved only for the greatest of worldly kings, for the highest gods of the pantheon , and even for the covenant God, Yahweh put. In other words, Jesus is King and reigns over all.

But merely stating that Jesus is King is an insufficient representation of the gospel if we do not point out how he has shown his kingly power in giving himself up for our sins and being raised by God for our acquittal. The gospel is a royal announcement that God has become king in Jesus Christ and has expressed his saving sovereignty through the death and resurrection of the Son, which atones, justifies and reconciles. There is no gospel without the heralding of the king, and there is no gospel without atonement and resurrection.

-Michael F. Bird, Introducing Paul: The Man, His Mission and His Message

At cliché as it sounds, looks like the gospel really is about Jesus as Lord and Savior.


Posted on September 24, 2012, in Michael F. Bird, The Gospel and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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