gospel is essential to Christianity. The Apostle Paul called it “the
power of God unto salvation” (Romans 1:16). But what is the gospel? We
know it means “good news,” but good news about what? And how about the
phrase “unto salvation”—what does it connote? Does it refer to . . .
Going to heaven?
Having sins forgiven?
Gaining eternal life?
Being declared righteous by faith?
Inviting Jesus into your heart?
Unfortunately, these familiar and popular answers do not
adequately define either “good news” or “salvation.” They are peripheral at
best. At its core the gospel is about the kingdom of God. The Gospel of Mark
opens with these words, “The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ” (Mark
1:1). Only a few verses later it is described as “the gospel of the kingdom”
(verse 14). There are not two gospels. There is one only. The good news of
Jesus Christ and the good news of the kingdom are the same.
My passion is the Kingdom of God. I hold a PhD from the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David. I wrote my thesis "The Lord's Supper as an Anti-Imperial Praxis" under Drs. William S. Campbell and Kathy Ehrensperger. I serve as the Senior Research Professor of Biblical Theology at Criswell College (Dallas, TX). For ten years I served as the Editor of the Criswell Theological Review (CTR).
I also taught for 18 years the Presidents' Class at First Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas, a Sunday morning Bible study I taught verse-by-verse through the Scriptures.