Surrounding this whole discussion, I believe there is a serious question we all need to ask ourselves concerning the gospel:
Why is it that we so easily run and jump to Paul’s writings rather than starting with Christ and the Gospels (or we could even ask about starting from the creation)?
Why is it?
Of course, Paul has very important things to say about the gospel and we should not forget him at all! And Paul has very important things to say on so many issues of doctrine and practice. Nor do I want to pit Jesus (or the Gospel writers) and Paul against one another. I do believe in a harmonious whole of Scripture.
Yet, still, this question remains with the gospel (and maybe many other issues): Why do we run to Paul?
And that is my challenge to anyone who wants to form a full and robust theology of the gospel. I challenge us to see exactly what Jesus, the Messiah-King and eternal Son of God, proclaimed as recorded in the Gospels. And, then, from there, build onto the gospel story as we read Luke in Acts, Paul’s writings, Peter’s writings, John’s writings, and the others.