no to an individualisitic gospel

Gospel means good news, and the good news is in and through King Jesus, and his person, life, words, and work. Through his death and resurrection, the new creation comes, God’s kingdom is ushered in. And yes, it is for me, for you. But it also must be spoken in cosmic terms, just as we read in Colossians:

19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

The gospel is as big as the whole world, and must be thought of in that way. But not in the world’s terms, but on its own terms. In other words, while the gospel has to do with all of life, it is not about making the world successful according to what the world considers success. It is about realizing through new creation the goal of creation in and through the grace and kingdom come in Jesus.

Of course it is personal and interpersonal. But it is also communal and cosmic, having to do with the world and creation itself, what is called the universe. Creation came into being with a start and an end to come. For example our solar system won’t last forever. It still has aeons to go from our perspective, but will end.

That begs the question, at least for many, including myself, “Why?” If creation could be spun, then why not a new creation which would be the fulfillment of the old? God as Trinity wanted a community of love with those made in his image, to the extent that in Jesus God became one of us, fully human. And taught by act and word this new way in kingdom, communal, as well as individual terms.

If we speak of the gospel only in individualistic terms, then it will be supposed, and we may even think the same, that the gospel has nothing to do with anything other than individuals’ relationship with God. Books, sermons and what I hear from Christians oftentimes leaves me thinking that must be the understanding, or indeed the misunderstanding.

But we need the gospel as it’s presented. A gospel that is for and applicable to all of life. A gospel through Israel fulfilled in King Jesus for the world, and for all of creation. As well as for me and for you.