First Contact: A Church Age Model Of Evangelistic Content -- By: George E. Meisinger
CTSJ 13:2 (Fall 2008) p. 2
First Contact: A Church Age Model Of Evangelistic Content
George E. Meisinger is president of Chafer Theological Seminary and teaches in the Theology, Old and New Testament departments. He earned a B.A. from Biola University, a Th.M. in Old Testament Literature and Exegesis from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a D.Min. in Biblical Studies from Western Seminary. Ph.D. studies in Systematic Theology were done at Trinity Theological Seminary. You may reach Dr. Meisinger at email@example.com.
This paper presents the position that 1 Corinthians 15, especially verses 1-11, contains an adequate gospel message not only enabling one to be born again, but includes a foundational truth of the Christian way of life. In fact, this important passage reveals the content of the gospel message that all apostles preached for both the new birth and for spiritual growth or progressive/experiential sanctification.
Taking a proper and positive approach to theology, we learn rightly to divide God’s word in grace and truth, and not to be divisive. For the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield (James 3:17a). The entire Bible is God-breathed, given that we might see light in His light. It is thus wise to pursue all Scripture has to say on a subject.
Application of systematic biblical theology leads to the conclusion that the saving gospel message is a unit, a single whole. Like a cut diamond, it is an entity possessing multiple facets. One apostle presents certain facets, while another presents other facets. The divine Author superintended every word that flowed from their quills resulting in a harmoniously whole message.
We should not superimpose one apostle’s facet on another’s content. Each apostle may speak for himself.1 The apostle John gives a clear record of what one may believe resulting in eternal life. In 1 Corinthians 15, the apostle Paul gives a clear record of what one may believe resulting in forgiveness. And, if one is forgiven, he possesses every spiritual blessing that all believers possess, including eternal life, sonship, et al. (cf. Ephesians 1:3). How can this be? The moment a person believes in Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit does a supernatural work, identifying the believer with Christ. Now “in Christ,” he has received all these possessions whether he believed in a context of hearing about Jesus Christ and eternal life, or about divine fo...
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