Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The Rest of the Gospel Story

The well-known radio broadcaster Paul Harvey (1918-2009) would often close his daily radio program with a segment called The Rest of the Story. It consisted of presenting "little-known or forgotten facts"1 of important events on a variety of subjects.
 
If I was Paul Harvey for a day, I think I'd like to share The Rest of the Story in regards to the gospel. Oftentimes people conclude the gospel by placing an artificial period at the end of 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 so that it reads this way: "I declare unto you the gospel...that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again on the third day according to the Scriptures." (Notice the artificial period after the word Scriptures in the previous sentence.) But in reality, the gospel story doesn't end there! There is no period at the end of 1 Corinthians 15:4 in the Biblical text. Instead, there is a comma at the end of 1 Corinthians 15:4, and then 1 Corinthians 15:5 begins with the linking word "and". In other words, the gospel story includes 1 Corinthians 15:5: "and that He appeared to Peter, then to the twelve." So according to the Bible, the gospel story not only includes Christ's death, burial, and resurrection - it also includes Christ's manifestation to His disciples (see 1 Corinthians 15:5; also see John 20:19-21:14). To put it more concisely, the gospel story includes Christ's death, burial, resurrection, and manifestation (see 1 Corinthians 15:1-5).

To quote Paul Harvey: "And now you know the rest of the story!"


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1 "The Rest of the Story," Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Rest_of_the_Story.

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