It's The Twentieth Anniversay Edition (1988-2008): The Gospel According To Jesus: What Is Authentic Faith?


For those familiar with the “Lordship” and “Easy-Believism” debate, you may find this post of some interest.

Yesterday I stepped into one of my favorite places, a Christain bookstore, and after examining the various isles, I stumbled into John MacArthur’s The Gospel According to Jesus, hardcovered, with a new look dusk jacket, from Zondervan (I thought about the neglect of the TNIV sometime later).

Again, if you’ve followed the debate, you would be aware of the first two editions of this book and the spin-offs. Well, in this Anniversay Edition, there’s only one change, the addition of a new chapter, “What Does Jesus Mean When he Says, ‘Follow Me’?” Here’s an excerpt from the new chapter:

The lorship controversy would have been much less significant-and the no-lordship doctrine surely would have faced an insurmountable obstacle-if those who first began to flirt with the concept had grasped the implications of the word doulos and its necessary connection with the word kurios. In fact, a host of contemporary evangelical aberrations would have been averted if Christians of the past few generations had retained some basic understanding of what it means to be a slave of Christ. (p.30)

Well, the first two editions engendered not a few debates, so I could only imagine what is in store for this Anniversary Edition (1988-2008).

Ok, maybe I’m being too dramatic!

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4 Responses to It's The Twentieth Anniversay Edition (1988-2008): The Gospel According To Jesus: What Is Authentic Faith?

  1. Martin says:

    Too dramatic? I doubt it. I knew they had re-released it but I was not aware that it contained a new chapter. I guess I will have to purchase the new version. Martin.

  2. TC says:

    Martin, thanks for stoppying by. The new chapter is about the Master/slave relationship and how it affects the Lordship/No-Lordship debate.

    Well, if you’re into the debate that much, then I’m afraid you must get this 20th anniversary edition.

  3. Martin says:

    “The new chapter is about the Master/slave relationship and how it affects the Lordship/No-Lordship debate.”

    ==Knowing MacArthur the way I do, I suspect that the new chapter is a “transcript” (in chapter form) of his sermon “The Revolutionary Life of a Slave to Christ”. That is a wonderful, wonderful sermon. When we view ourselves as who we really are, slaves of our LORD Jesus Christ, then we have a much better walk with Him. This is because it stops being “all about us” and starts being “all about Him”. Everything we do is in obedience to Him or to please Him. He is a wonderful slave master. It is too bad that many in the evangelical world have gotten away from the slave/master terminology.

    Martin.

  4. TC says:

    I read the new chapter with delight because of the kyrios/doulos relationship that Jesus and the Holy Spirit adopted to recast our new identity in Christ.

    The concept is quite revolutionary, and that’s one of the things I like about the new Holman Christain Standard Bible (HCSB), when it translates doulos and its derivatives as “slave” and so on.

    I wrote a post on that one.

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