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“The aim of the preaching of the Gospel,” says W.E. Vine, “is to bring people into a life of conformity to the will of God, of devotion to Christ, and of serving Him in His eternal Kingdom.” Such an abundant life brings joy and the “hope of the Gospel.” This is the heart of what it means to be a Christian.
What are the details behind these statements? W.E. Vine explains the theology of the Gospel and shows how it should be taught. He begins with God and with Christ as Lord. Our sin necessitated the death of Christ on the cross. Christ is our propitiation, our vicarious sacrifice, our redeemer. The author includes chapters on the resurrection of Christ, justification by faith, repentance, righteousness, the Holy Spirit and the New Birth, sanctification, and the Lord’s second advent.
Christ is at the center of the Gospel, and so this ebook contains six other articles about the person and work of Christ, including an exploration of the relationship between God the Father and God the Son, what is meant by the term “Christ the firstborn,” and the work of Christ in the atonement. A picture of Christ, like a diamond, has many facets – the perfect servant, His sinlessness, His atoning sacrifice, His resurrection, His ascension, His high priesthood, and His coming again. Vine carefully explores each facet.
God sent His Only Begotten Son into the world that we might live through Him. “We may be thankful,” says W.R. Lewis, “for these helps toward understanding the great mystery of God’s love.”