Portraits of the Gospel
As we continue our study of THE GOSPEL: It’s Still Good News – we now turn to the more traditional theological concepts associated with this topic. We have spent the first part of our journey setting the narrative context for the Gospel. Our first two months were given to the building of a foundation. I attempted to paint a portrait of the holistic nature of the Gospel through a recounting of The Big Story.
Our Easter journey was a study of an actual Gospel in the New Testament – Matthew. Here we were guided through the life of Jesus by an eyewitness. This study has placed Jesus firmly at the center of our consciousness as we reflect upon the Gospel.
Now we move to the more traditional categories of a theological discussion of the Gospel. These are the images or portraits used by New Testament writers to offer us a deeper understanding of the nature of the Gospel itself. This is a more systematic approach that follows our more narrative one that we have employed thus far. These “portraits” or images offer us an opportunity to explore the deep truths surrounding the Doctrine of the Atonement from various perspectives. God’s accomplishment of salvation is too broad and encompassing to be contained in one, single image. There are many facets of His activity.
In order to address the various facets of Gods’ saving work, I have chosen the image of “portraits.” The Bible is filled with imagery that is designed to help us develop a deeper understanding of complex truths. The doctrinal study of the atonement is rich and complex. Our time together will be spent exploring the various portraits used by Biblical writers when discussing the deep truths surrounding the beautiful message of salvation.
Here is our plan for this next series:
April 30: Justification
May 7: Redemption
May 14: Adoption
May 21: New Creation
May 28: United with Christ
June 4: Glorification
As I have already mentioned, the presentation of God’s saving work is a multi-faceted and multi-dimensional reality. It is hard to capture with just one image. It is like a diamond—there are many faces to it. No one image is expansive enough to express the fullness of what God has done for us.
So, we will spend six weeks exploring these truths about the Gospel. I’m looking forward to it!