1.To affect, guide, or arouse by divine influence. 2.To fill with enlivening or exalting emotion 3a.To stimulate to action; motivate 3b.To affect or touch 4.To draw forth; elicit or arouse 5.To be the cause or source of 6.To draw in (air) by inhaling 7. Archaic - Latin, verb ‘inspirare’
a.To breathe upon b.To breathe life into (v.) 1.To stimulate energies, ideals, or reverence 2.To inhale.
Old English: godspel "good news," from god "good" + spel "story, message," translation of Latin: bona adnuntiatio, itself a translation of Greek: Ευαγγέλιο (euangelion) "reward for bringing good news."
noun: 1. the teachings of Jesus and the apostles; the Christian revelation. 2. the story of Christ's life and teachings, especially as contained in the first four books of the new testament, namely Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. 3. any of these four books. 4. something regarded as absolute truth, implicitly believed: to take his report for gospel. 5. a doctrine regarded as of prime importance.
Our Creator deserves all praise for all things, including
"If God is for us, who can be
— Romans 8:31 (ESV)
"...whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.
— Phil 4:8 (NASB)
"...whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved. How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, 'How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news of good things!' ... 'Their voice has gone out into all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world.'
— Rom 10:13-18 (NASB)
Similar to the spoken voice, the artistic "voice"—from vocation, or calling—can be used to communicate meaning in sensory dimensions beyond aural perception by incorporating such expressive creative forms and devices as shape, color and composition, in spoken word and poetry, or in performance through music or movement. The very energetic structures through which we were designed to perceive—evident in the color spectrum (light) and musical frequencies (sound)—might be thought of as attributes of God's voice, a model for communicating by which we are able to behold, appreciate, and share an understanding of His beauty. Mankind's artistic voice, no matter how creatively excellent, merely reflects and amplifies God's excellence, calling to those blessed with senses to perceive and understand.
"O taste and see that the LORD is good."
— Psalm 34:8
Our senses were designed as a set of input/output devices with the ultimate purpose of Christ's "Great Commandment": love God and love one another as ourselves. (Matthew 22:38)
There is simply no room for idolatry in Gospel art, as the very act of creating in the image of the Creator is a humble act of devotion and worship. He is author of our experience and we are His beloved works-in-progress. The artistic voice rises from the artist's flesh but it is God Who formed the flesh and, for the Gospel artist, it is His Word that informs the content of its expression.
And so the Gospel artist creates in awe and gratitude; for to be the moon—basking in and reflecting the sun's light—is a wonderful way
to hang about the universe.
Soli Deo Gloria — To GOD be the Glory.
Susan Ruth Wiggin Mueller
Agapé Arts llc
STIR Contemporary Gospel Arts
The Institute of Gospel Arts | Stillwater