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Gospel – Global & Personal

I was thinking about the NT in relation to the OT and something came to mind.
This is probably nothing new to many of my readers, but it kind of struck me so i thought i would blog it.

Moving from the OT into the NT the Gospel moves from a national perspective to a global one.
At the same time the precepts of God move from a national/governmental perspective to a personal/matter of the heart one.

For some reason this dualism was a bit of an ephiphany for me.

Bible verses relating to the globalization of the Gospel (ESV)…

And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. (Mat 24:14)

… Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel, which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and growing–as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth, (Col 1:5-6)

He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. (1Jo 2:2)

Bible verses relating to the personal/heart focused precepts of God…

But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander. (Mat 15:18-19)

The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. (Luk 6:45)

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About theologian

I'm a child of the King, my Father who is in Heaven, by the precious blood of His eternal Son, Jesus Christ. I am married with children and currently reside in Pennsylvania. I am a Pastor with the Association of Charismatic Reformed Churches (ACRC) working as an Urban Missionary in Chester, PA. Throughout my time in ministry God has also blessed me with opportunities for formal education by which I earned my terminal degree (Doctor of Theology) from New Geneva Theological Seminary in 2013.

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2 thoughts on “Gospel – Global & Personal

  1. Yes, I agree. I think, though, that we might need to modify just a tad to say that it was Israel’s job, even in the OT era, to proclaim to the whole world the goodness of God. But they didn’t do it. Therefore, in the NT era, the Gentiles were included at the very beginning, precisely so that the Gospel would go to all nations.

    Posted by Lane Keister | October 17, 2006, 2:58 pm
  2. Excellent clarification Lane, thanks.

    Posted by theologian | October 17, 2006, 3:41 pm

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