The Gospel is Infinite

When we say, “this is the gospel,” and define it by a specific data set, we clothe the infinite power of God in finite human thinking.  If “the gospel,” is the power of God of unto salvation, (Romans 1:16) and God’s power is infinite, (Ephesians 1:11) then it logically follows that the gospel is infinite.  This should make us take pause and consider how we might be muffling the gospel in our attempts to define and clarify it.

 In what ways have you seen the infinite gospel made finite? 

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  1. Kirk Stephens says:

    Consecrating water, that has already been consecrated by it’s Maker. Prosperity Gospels. Living for Christ is prosperity, we are heirs to all that is. James 4:4 says……. Reducing the Lord’s Supper to a wafer or crumb of Matza bread and a thimble of juice/wine. How many pages is the Bible? I could probably fill that many with the ways men reduce God to their own small standards.

  2. Jonathan says:

    The Gospel is only limited to how God, in His revealed word, limits it. Any attempts to contract or expand it is unacceptable.

  3. Peter says:

    What does that mean, practically, an “infinite Gospel”? The Gospel message itself is not infinite. It’s a relatively brief statement about what one must believe and do to be saved. The Gospel connects two historical events (the death and resurrection of Jesus) with one’s own existence. Theoretically, we have a good understanding of soteriological action, namely the reason and method of Christ’s redeeming work through the cross.

    Do you mean that the entirety of the Gospel’s operation, from conception (by God), to application (God & us), to result (God in us) is infinite? Do you mean that the action “behind the scenes” in the heavenly realms is infinite? Do you mean that the ability of us to respond to the Gospel is infinite? What is your intended meaning to me when you say, “the Gospel is infinite”?

    One difficulty is that our current biological minds do not have the capacity to grasp the infinite. This is in the same way that our biological bodies cannot see God and live. As you said, God’s power is infinite and the Gospel is a manifestation of that power. But I don’t think that makes the Gospel itself infinite, only connected to God’s infinite power. God’s power is at work in me (2 Corinthians 4:7, Colossians 1:11, see also Romans 9:17), but that does not make me infinite. God’s Spirit dwells in me and yet I am not infinite. So too, the Gospel.

    The focus of Romans 1:16 is grace, that is, it is by God’s strength and power that the Gospel makes us righteous, not our own efforts. The very next verse states that this righteousness is by faith from the beginning to the end. Thus the Gospel is powered by God.

    We HAVE TO clothe the Gospel, as all things spiritual, in limited human terms so we may understand it with our limited-capacity minds. Every spiritual action and entity (even God) is conceptualized and fashioned according to our ability to grasp it. God knows this and this is why the Word became flesh. Apart from this self-limitation we would know nothing of the Gospel at all.

    You are absolutely correct that we should be careful as to how we present the Gospel. The power of God for salvation and the raison d’être of the Word becoming flesh is a very important thing indeed! All the more so as so many false gospels vie for the attention of a fallen world.

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