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The Four Gospels

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The Four Gospels:

  • In our study of the Life of Jesus Christ we are limited mainly to four small books written in Greek, which are called the Gospels.
  • These give us four accounts, which might be described as biographies of Jesus Christ.
  • As we shall see each of them gives a distinctly different aspect and picture of the life and ministry of Jesus.
  • To gain a full knowledge of Jesus we must study and compare these four records.
  • One fact should be borne in mind in approaching the gospels.
  • The church got along for years without any Christian literature.
  • The earliest Christian writings are the epistles of Paul. Probably not until after 60 or 65 AD was there any gospel such as we have today.
  • We must take account of those trained verbal memories cultivated in the East.
  • A Jewish saying was that the good disciple was like “a plastered cistern which loses not a drop.”
  • We must also remember that these four gospels were written under the direct inspiration of the Holy Ghost.
  • 1. Gospel:
  • The word “gospel” comes from the Anglo-Saxon “God” – “spell” or “God – “story” from which we get “good-story” or “good-tidings.”
  • 2. Synoptic Gospels:
  • The first three Gospels Matthew, Mark and Luke are known the as Synoptic Gospels.
  • These give a record of the same or parallel accounts of the life and work of Christ.
  • John is completely different.
  • The Synoptic Gospels emphasize the works of Jesus while the fourth Gospel emphasizes the works of Christ.

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