The Origin of the Gospel
The Evangelist
Mark 1:1
The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God;

This short verse contains four great wonders.

1. The greatest wonder of heaven — "the Son of God."

2. The greatest wonder of humanity — "Jesus Christ the Son of God."

3. The greatest wonder of all knowledge — "the gospel of Jesus Christ."

4. The most wonderful era — "the beginning of the gospel."

I. There was an ABSTRACT or absolute beginning to the gospel in the Divine mind. The love, pity, wisdom of God were the sources of the gospel.

II. The gospel had a PROPHETIC beginning in the first revelations made to Adam, the patriarchs and prophets. "To Him gave all the prophets witness."

III. The gospel had its ACTUAL beginning in the ministry of John and the incarnation of Jesus.

IV. The gospel had an EFFICACIOUS beginning which is to be dated from the death of Christ. Until then nothing efficient was done.

V. The gospel had an OPERATIVE or practical beginning in the commission given to the apostles after the resurrection — "Beginning at Jerusalem."

VI. The gospel viewed in its whole history, hitherto is BUT YET AT ITS BEGINNING. It has only begun to bless and save mankind.

VII. When the great consummation of its triumph is come we shall only be at the beginning of the gospel. It will have no end. Has it had a beginning in you?

(The Evangelist.)

Parallel Verses
KJV: The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God;

WEB: The beginning of the Good News of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

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