What a claim! What a powerful phrase! The “gospel truth.” But what is it, really? The meaning of gospel truth upends our expectations. As affirmed by the church from scripture and tradition, gospel truth is not about factuality. Of course, the gospels narrate real events and are overflowing with real meaning. But gospel truth goes well beyond this. Gospel truth is the sure communication of the Holy Spirit received and passed on within and through the community. It comes from God, who is love. Gospel truth is about vitality–life! The abundant life that is given in Christ Jesus! Life and love. “Gospel truth” is ultimately about a person, about the truth of God’s love, a truth that pursues us. Grace. Thus, Jesus proclaims the gospel and we as Christians carry on that ministry of teaching and healing, living the gospel. More to the point, we “live in” the gospel. Which is to say we “live in Christ.” Because in Jesus’s climactic suffering, death, and resurrection, Jesus became the message itself. The messenger I the message. To live in Christ is to be about gospel living. The way of the gospel becomes the way of Christ: completely inseparable, one and the same. Christianity is about more than a set of truths, however beautiful they may be. It is more about pursuing truth—the pursuit of a truth always beyond our little cantaloupe-sized brains and all-too-often Grinch-sized hearts! In the final analysis, the gospel truth is that it is not we who are pursuing truth, but truth —God!—pursuing us.
Authors Bryan FroehleRestricted