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Why Foreign Missions? 20f. The Gospel According to Paul—Word Study 3: Martyrion/Martyreō

Why Foreign Missions? 20f. The Gospel According to Paul—Word Study 3: Martyrion/Martyreō

Not only is the Gospel something to proclaim (see the previous study); it is also a ‘testimony’ or ‘witness.’  This study will explore the significance of the Gospel as a witness by looking at the verb (martyreō) and the noun (martyrion).
While the word is widely used in the Bible (195 times in 170 verses in the New Testament and 529 times in 472 verses in the entire Bible[1]), its relevance to a study on the content of the Gospel is limited to a few verses in Paul, several in the Johannine literature, and a couple verses in Acts.  Once again, the content of the Gospel is seen to be about Jesus Christ.  However, one of the passages in this study (1 Tim. 2.3-7) expands the search for the Gospel’s content to include the use of Israel’s confessional statement in the Shema.  The following study, then, reaffirms that Jesus is the content of the Gospel, but it also provides us a way to understand the in…

Why Foreign Missions? 20e. The Gospel According to Paul—Word Study 2: kērygma and kerussō

Why Foreign Missions? 20e. The Gospel According to Paul—Word Study 2:kērygma and kerussō
The ‘Gospel’ that was discussed in the previous study is something that is ‘proclaimed.’  My second word study related to the content of the Gospel, then, has to do with the words ‘kērygma’ (proclamation)and kerussō’ (to proclaim).[1]  Here, too, a deeper understanding of the content of the Gospel can be discovered through a study of where the words are to be found in Scripture. The Greek Old Testament uses ‘kērussō27 times in 25 verses.  The verb means more than just ‘to say something out loud.’  It is used in reference to an important announcement of some sort.  As we study examples of such a usage in the Old Testament, we also see a connection with a particular announcement of importance that relates to the New Testament’s Gospel.
We find the word used in the Old Testament in reference to a public announcement.  For example, a crier ran before Joseph’s chariot in Egypt to proclaim, ‘Bow the kn…