On another blog I’ve been told that there is no Scriptural support for such a claim as the title of this post. I was told that I was guilty of quoting John Piper instead of Scripture.
Yes…the phrase is John Piper’s, but the truth is God’s. That’s why Paul speaking by the Spirit of God to Timothy told him to be wary of anyone who does not conduct their lives and speak in accordance with ‘sound doctrine’ in 1 Timothy 1:3-11. Paul goes on to clarify what he means by ‘sound doctrine’;
“…in accordance with the glorious gospel of the blessed God with which I have been entrusted.” (1Ti 1:11)
This verse contains three words that are usually glazed over when we read Scripture, ‘glorious’, ‘gospel’, and ‘blessed’. Glorious means ‘of the glory’. Gospel means ‘good news’. Blessed means ‘a supreme state of blessedness or happiness’. Literally translated, and following the Greek word order, which makes it a bit choppier, the verse reads something like this;
“…according to the good news of the glory of the supremely blessed God with which entrusted I am.”
Young’s Literal Translation cleans it up a bit more;
“…according to the good news of the glory of the blessed God, with which I was entrusted.” (Young’s)
The meaning is clear. The Gospel is the proclamation of the good news of the glory of the suprmemly blest God. Or put differently, it is the proclamation of the good news of the God who is glorious and blessed. That’s why Paul just a few verses later declares,
“To the King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.” (1Ti 1:17)
And towards the end of his letter;
“…he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.” (1Ti 6:15-16)
The Gospel is a proclamation of God and His glory that is revealed and applied through the historical Gospel facts (life, death, burial, resurrection, appearances, and ascension of Jesus Christ), which demands a response of repentance from sin and faith towards God who is gracious, merciful, loving, and eternally happy to receive all who trust in Christ.