Saturday à Machen: Something Has Happened

“Christianity is based upon historical facts. Attempts, it is true, are often made to separate it from history. But they are bound to result in failure. Give up history, and you can retain some things. But you can never retain a gospel. For ‘gospel’ means ‘good news,’ and ‘good news’ means tidings, information derived from the witness of others. In other words, it means history. The question whether religion can be independent from history is really just the old question whether we need a gospel. The gospel is good news that something has happenedsomething that puts a different face upon life. What that something is[,] is told to us Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. It is the life and death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.”

(J. Gresham Machen, The New Testament: An Introduction to its Literature and History [Carlisle: Banner of Truth, 1990], page 17.)

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