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CHURCH DOCTRINE, - BIBLE

TRUTH.

CHAPTER 1.

THE SCRIPTURE GOSPEL,

Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the Gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; by which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures: and that He was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve : last of all He was seen of me also: ... therefore, whether it were I or they, 80 we preach, and 80 ye believed." (1 Cor. xv. 1-11)

The Gospel of God (which IIe had promised afore by His prophets in the Holy Scriptures), concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh : and declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.(Rom. i. 144.)

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Having therefore obtained help of God, I coninue unto this day, initnessing both to small and great, none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come: that Christ

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should suffer, and that He should be the first that should rise from lhe dead, and should shew light unto the people, and to the Gentiles.' (Acts xxvi. 22, 23.)

The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.' (St. Mark i. 1.)

Remember that Jesus Christ, of the seed of David, was raised from the dead according to my Gospel.(2 Tim. ii. 8.)

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the Gospel of her Lord. If He has committed His truth to our keeping, it is for us to see that we retain that truth in its fulness, and that we transmit it unimpaired.

It is plain also that if God has set forth the Gospel in somo particular form, we must adhere to that form, and not substitute for it any other which may seem to the eye of man more spiritual or more practical.

God best knows how to draw souls to Himself. He, and He only, sees in what way they can be most effectually moulded to suit His purposes. If He gives to us one aspect of His truth rather than another, we may rest assured that He has some all-sufficient reason for His choice, and so the Church must make it her first care to set forth the Gospel in that form in which she has received it from God.

The word “Gospel” in the New Testament is applied exclusively to the announcement of certain events occurring at a particular time in the history of the world. These are, the Incarnation, Birth, Baptism, Temptation, Ministry, Miracles, Betrayal, Condemnation, Death, Burial, and Resurrection of Jesus. This is the meaning of the word “Gospel” in the opening sentence of St. Mark's Gospel. This is its meaning in the opening sentence of St. Paul's Epistle to the Romans, where the Apostle speaks of himself as "separated unto the Gospel of God, concerning

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