A Summary of the Gospel (by Jeremiah Burroughs)

Gospel Life SeriesJeremiah Burroughs (1599-1646) was a congregational Puritan, well-known and respected for his preaching and gentle spirit.  A series of his sermons, centering on the theme of the gospel, have been put into a beautiful six volume set (the Gospel Life series): I. Gospel Worship; II. Gospel Fear; III. Gospel Conversation [i.e. living]; IV. Gospel Revelation; V. Gospel Remission; VI. Gospel Reconciliation.  Unfortunately, I think you have to purchae these individually now (I bought them as a set years ago at a Ligonier conference).  Each volume includes an appendix on a summary of the gospel by Burroughs.  It is a simple, concise, one-page summary, but well worth the read.  Note the covenantal emphasis, as this is often overlooked or vaguely touched on in gospel preaching today, though the covenantal aspect of the gospel is central in the Scriptures.  Rather, it would be more proper to speak of the gospel as covenantal, rather than the covenant being a mere aspect of the gospel:

The gospel of Christ in general is this: It is the good tidings that God has revealed concerning Christ.  More largely it is this: As all mankind was lost in Adam and became the children of wrath, put under the sentence of death, God, though He left His fallen angels and has reserved them in the chains of eternal darkness, yet He has thought upon the children of men and has provided a way of atonement to reconcile them to Himself again.

Namely, the second Person in the Trinity takes man’s nature upon Himself, and becomes the Head of a second covenant, standing charged with sin.  He answers for it by suffering what the law and divine justice required, and by making satisfaction for keeping the law perfectly, which satisfaction and righteousness He tenders up to the Father as a sweet savor of rest for the souls that are given to Him.

And now this mediation of Christ is, by the appointment of the Father, preached to the children of men, of whatever nation or rank, freely offering this atonement unto sinners for atonement, requiring them to believe in Him and, upon believing, promising not only a discharge of all their former sins, but that they shall not enter into condemnation, that none of their sins or unworthiness shall ever hinder the peace of God with them, but that they shall through Him be received into the number of those who shall have the image of God again to be renewed unto them, and that they shall be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.


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