2016 ICSC Message Four


The Gospel

Message Four

Paul’s Gospel—the Gospel of Completion

Opening Word of the Prophesying Meeting

Readingthe verses in each day.

Reading the main points in the outlines.

Pray-reading the verses:

Of which I became a minister according to the stewardship of God, which was given to me for you, to complete the word of God—Col. 1:25.

Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel, that is, the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which has been kept in silence in the times of the ages—Rom.16:25.

According to the gospel of the glory of the blessed God, with which I was entrusted—Tim.1:11.

Word of Appetizer

Why is Paul’s gospel the gospel of completion?

Paul’s gospel includes all the aspects of the four Gospels—the kingdom, life, forgiveness, and service; however, in his Epistles Paul covers much more, for many important aspects of the gospel are found only in the writings of Paul. In Colossians 1:25 Paul says that he became a minister according to the stewardship of God to complete the word of God. Hence, Paul’s gospel is the gospel of completion. Without Paul’s gospel, the revelation of the gospel in the New Testament would not be complete.

Spiritual Burden

The focal point of Paul’s gospel is God Himself in His Trinity becoming the processed all-inclusive Spirit to be life and everything to us for our enjoyment so that He and we may be one to express Him for eternity.

Concluding Word of the Prophesying Meeting

The Revelation of the Truth

The gospel that Paul received through the revelation of Christ is the center of God’s revelation in the New Testament.

Paul’s gospel, the gospel of God, is the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery.

Paul’s gospel is the gospel of completion; Paul’s gospel is “the gospel of the glory of the blessed God”.

The Experience of Life

Christ has become the Spirit living within the believers after His resurrection; Christ is in us as the hope of glory; Christ is being formed in us; Christ is making His home in us; we are being filled with Christ to be the fullness of God.

Practice and Application

We in the Lord’s recovery need to have a clear view of Paul’s gospel, the gospel according to Paul; the living Person of Christ is the focal point of Paul’s gospel; we need Christ to supply us with grace in our spirit that we may live Him.

Using Key Verses to Have a Bird’s-Eye View over the Whole Outlines

Key Verses (1)

For I make known to you, brothers, concerning the gospel announced by me, that it is not according to man. For neither did I receive it from man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation by Jesus Christ—Gal. 1:11-12.

Paul Received a Marvelous Revelation of the Gospel Directly from the Lord Himself, the Focal Point of Paul’s Gospel

I. Paul received a marvelous revelation of the gospel directly from the Lord Himself; we in the Lord’s recovery need to have a clear view of Paul’s gospel, the gospel according to Paul.

II. The gospel that Paul received through the revelation of Christ is the center of God’s revelation in the New Testament:

The focal point of Paul’s gospel is God Himself in His Trinity becoming the processed all-inclusive Spirit to be life and everything to us for our enjoyment so that He and we may be one to express Him for eternity .

Key Verses (2)

Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel, that is, the proclamation of Jesus Christ , according to the revelation of the mystery , which has been kept in silence in the times of the ages—Rom. 16:25.

The Proclamation of Jesus Christ According to the Revelation of the Mystery

III. Paul’s gospel, the gospel of God, is the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery:

The gospel is the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery; this mystery is mainly of two aspects: The mystery of God is Christ, the mystery of Christ is the church.

Paul’s gospel is the full gospel, including the teaching concerning Christ, the Body, and the local churches.

Key Verses (3)

Of which I became a minister according to the stewardship of God, which was given to me for you, to complete the word of God—Col. 1:25.

According to the gospel of the glory of the blessed God, with which I was entrusted—1 Tim. 1:11.

The Gospel of the Kingdom Must Be Brought to the Whole Inhabited Earth

IV. Paul’s gospel is the gospel of completion:

Paul became a minister according to the stewardship of God to complete the word of God; hence, Paul’s gospel is the gospel of completion.

Paul’s gospel includes all the aspects of the four Gospels—the kingdom, life, forgiveness, and service; however, in his Epistles Paul covers much more.

V. Paul’s gospel is “the gospel of the glory of the blessed God”:

The gospel of the glory of the blessed God is an excellent expression; it refers to God’s economy in verse 4.

Prophesying Topics—Twelve Topics per Week

D1
T1 Paul received the revelation of the gospel directly from the Lord Himself (Rom. 1:1, 9)

(Please explain what Paul’s gospel is centered on.) (Please refer to Outline II. A, B, C)

T2 Christ, a living person, is the focus of Paul’s gospel (Gal. 1:16; 2:20; 4:19)

(Please explain that the book of Galatians is emphatically Christ-centered.)

D2
T1 Paul’s gospel is the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery (Rom.16:25)

(Please explain that this mystery is mainly of two aspects: The mystery of God and the mystery of Christ.) (Please refer to Outline III. C)

T2 Paul had such a triple status and commission for the Gentiles (1 Tim. 2:7 and footnote 2)

(Please explain that Paul had such a triple status and commission for the Gentiles: a herald, an apostle, and a teacher.)

D3
T1 All the aspects of the four Gospels (Matt. 4:17; Mark 10:45; Luke 24:47; John 10:10)

(Please briefly narrate all the aspects of the Gospel of Matthew, the Gospel of Mark, the Gospel of Luke, and the Gospel of John.) (Please refer to Outline IV. A, B, C, D)

T2 In all the Epistles written by Paul, we see a particular aspect of the gospel (Gal. 1:16; 2:20; 4:19; Eph. 3:17)

(Please explain that many important aspects of the gospel are found only in the writings of Paul.) (Please refer to Outline IV. F)

D4
T1 Paul’s gospel is the gospel of completion (Col. 1:25)

(Please explain that Paul’s gospel is the gospel of completion; it is also the center of the New Testament revelation.) (Please refer to Outline IV. E, F)

T2 The gospel of God is the subject of Romans (Rom. 1:1; 8:10)

(Please explain that the book of Romans concerns Christ as the Spirit living within the believers after His resurrection.)

D5
T1 The gospel—the book of Romans Paul preached, is much richer and more profound than that most people understand (Rom. 3:24; 6:22; 12:5; 16:16)

(Please explain that in the book of Romans, Paul first speaks of justification, then sanctification, then the Body of Christ, and last of the local churches in every place.)

T2 In the gospel Paul preached, there is no mention of heaven, or prosperity and peace. (Rom. 6:22; 12:5)

(We must preach the gospel in a way that allows people to clearly see what things are.) (Please refer to the last two paragraphs of today’s reading.)

D6
T1 Romans 8 is the center of Paul’s gospel (Rom. 8:10, 6, 11)

(Please explain that Romans 8 is concerning the Triune God dispensing Himself into the tripartite man.)

T2 To preach the gospel is not to tell people about escaping perdition and going to heaven or to tell them about prosperity and peace (2 Cor. 4:5a; Eph. 1:23)

(Please explain that to preach the gospel is to tell people about God, about Christ Jesus, and about the church.)

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