Thomas Boston (1676-1732)
The Gospel is a report from heaven to be believed and trusted to for salvation. First, we shall view the Gospel in the nature of a report in general. And,
1. There is the subject of a report or the thing that is reported, viz., some design, action, or event, true of false. The subject of the Gospel report is a love-design in God for the salvation of sinners of mankind (2 Ti 1:9-10). Such was the Gospel report that was first made in the world (Gen 3:15). It is the report of an act of grace and kindness in God, in favor of them, whereby He has given them His Son for a Savior (Joh 3:16; Isa 9:6) and eternal life in Him (1 Jo 5:11). The report of the event of Christ’s dying for sinners and a crucified Christ’s being ready for marriage with sinners (Mat 22:4), [which is] a subject of the utmost importance.
“I tell you, Nay: but except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” —Luke 13:3
Repentance is one of the foundation stones of Christianity. Sixty times, at least, we find repentance spoken of in the New Testament. What was the first doctrine our Lord Jesus Christ preached? We are told that He said, “Repent ye, and believe the gospel” (Mar 1:15). What did the Apostles proclaim when the Lord sent them forth the first time? They “preached that men should repent” (Mar 6:12). What was the charge that Jesus gave His disciples when He left the world? That “repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations” (Luk 24:47). What was the concluding appeal of the first sermons that Peter preached? “Repent, and be baptized.” “Repent ye, and be converted” (Act 2:38; 3:19). Read more