The following two-part, sequential pattern of gospel fundamentals is witnessed by each of the Bible’s three gospel definitions.
1) “God”/”Fear God” 2) “believe”/”give glory to him”
For those who have taken the interpretive step of faith to see “the gospel” in Romans 1:16′s explanation (“…to every one that believeth [the gospel]“): Revelation 14:7 provides a second witness to establish the three-part, sequential pattern of gospel fundamentals.
1) “God”/”Fear God” 2) “believe”/”give glory to him” 3) “the gospel”/”his judgment is come.”
We see that there are only two gospel patterns (two and three-part, respectively) established by the Bible’s three gospel definitions.
“In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established” (2 Corinthians 13:1). The exceeding surety of the gospel’s sequential fundamentals is astounding.
Just as there are two definition-established gospel fundamentals, “God” and “believe,” with a third fundamental, “the gospel,” established by implication (of Romans 1:16), so there are two definition-established gospel patterns along with a third pattern implied by the phrase “and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters” (Revelation 14:7).
As is discussed on the page “Third Definition,” the final phrase of Revelation 14′s gospel explanation is a glorified repeat of the second gospel fundamental (“believe”/”give glory to him”) just as “his judgment is come” is a glorified repeat of the first gospel fundamental (“God”/”Fear God”). All this amounts to the unestablished (by definitions) implication that a third gospel pattern exists.
1) “God”/”Fear God” 2) “believe”/”give glory to him” 1) “God”/”Fear God” 2) “believe”/”give glory to him” 1) “God”/”Fear God” 2) “believe”/”give glory to him” 1) “God”/”Fear God” 2) “believe”/”give glory to him”… (repeating forever)
Not only does the phrase “worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters” imply this third gospel pattern via the phrase’s relation to the other components of Revelation 14:7, it also implies this pattern’s existence by pointing us to God as the maker of Nature. Nature witnesses the pulse-like gospel pattern over and over again. Here are some witness examples.
- Breath in, breath out… Breath in, breath out…
- Precipitation, evaporation… Precipitation, evaporation…
- Day, night… Day, night…
- Systole, diastole… Systole, diastole…
If we will only choose to accept/believe the pattern-implication of “worship him,” then we will see the gospel to be infinite…we will see “God” as “our God for ever and ever” (Psalms 48:18).
Why so much talk of patterns?
As discussed on the page “Believe,” patterns are responsible for the expression of meaning. Levels of significance are expressed by corresponding levels of organization according to a pattern. A group of disorganized letters express only the meaning of the individual letters, but letters conforming to a word pattern express the meaning of the word. Words organized according to a sentence pattern express greater meaning still – a complete thought. Richer organization according to pattern results in greater meaning and significance expressed. This is a general principle of reality.
What meaning does the gospel pattern express?
The answer is found in Exodus 34:5-8
And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD. And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, [An expression of the gospel’s first fundamental] merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin [What reason would there be to believe/rely on God were this not his character?] and that will by no means clear the guilty ; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation [This is a reference to "his judgment," the third gospel fundamental]. And Moses made haste, and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshipped.
The gospel pattern is a broader expression of the name of God than letters organized according to the word pattern, “LORD” or “Jesus.” There is little agreement among languages upon the written marks or audible phonemes which should be used to express the name of God. But a heartbeat is a heartbeat in both America and Pakistan. “Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard” (Psalms 19:2-3). The pattern is God’s name.
God, believe… Breath in, breath out… Fear God, believe… Precipitation, evaporation… God, give glory… Systole, diastole… Fear God, give glory… Eat, expel waste… The gospel, believe it… Listen, speak… The gospel, give glory… Day, night… Divine judgment, believe… (to forever)