Him We Proclaim, 8

August 2, 2008

Chapter 8 of Him We Proclaim discusses Christ as Head and Mediator of our preaching, as evidenced in Scripture. The chapter once again emphasizes preaching Christ at all times, as we should recognize that, “at the most general level we are therefore justified in concluding that no event of history is adequately interpreted apart from its relation to this cosmic agenda of God, centered in teh eschatalogical Lordship of Christ” (243).

The preacher is to faithfully put the text in the context of the “Grand Drama” of Scripture – that is, where is our text in the story of Creation, Fall, Redemption, & Consummation (245)? As we understand that this is the grand story of all history, we recognize that within this story is one Hero, one Champion, one Protagonist – Jesus Christ. Therefore, we understand that “Lord and Servant Who is Prophet, Priest, & King” (as seen in both the OT and NT) is always relevant to what is being preached. 

This really helped me to understand logically why Christ is the focus of our preaching. It’s not that I didn’t believe it, but I enjoy seeing the logical explanation of why we should always preach Christ. If I can return to my Logic 101 class from college, I would present the case in this way:

Claim 1: All of Scripture (and history, by the way) takes place within the Grand Drama of the Creation, Fall, Redemption, or Consummation.

Claim 2: Christ is the focus of this Grand Drama from Creation to Consummation.

Conclusion: Since (1) Scripture is the story of the Grand Drama of Creation to Consummation and (2) Christ is the focus of this Grand Drama then Christ is to be proclaimed from all the Scriptures.

That’s simple enough for me!

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2 Responses to “Him We Proclaim, 8”

  1. Jonathan Parnell said

    Very good. Thanks for such a brief summary of that chapter without missing a beat.

    “at the most general level we are therefore justified in concluding that no event of history is adequately interpreted apart from its relation to this cosmic agenda of God, centered in teh eschatalogical Lordship of Christ” (243).

    if I wrote quotes inside the cover of my Bible, that is one that you would find in there. maybe i should jot that down on a notecard and just rest it between the pages

  2. Man, i’m with you. that quote gave me goosebumps! Ultimately it is Christ who is at the foundation of all history, as God continues to bring back the lost to Himself!

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