I am starting a new series called “What Is The Gospel?” I spent all day last Friday writing a paper about it. It turned into 22 pages! I will be posting it in parts on here, and at the end will upload a pdf version of the paper with sources if you want it. Comments are always appreciated. Part 1 below:
All of the Bible verses that I use are from the ESV Bible unless otherwise noted.
At first, this may seem like a hard question, based on all of the preaching and messages that are available today. In all actuality however, it is a real simple answer. The gospel is the good news that Jesus Christ came to seek and to save the lost (Luke 19:10). However, the answer to the question has to go beyond that. The gospel is not only that Jesus came, but that He died to take away our sins, and not only did He die to take away our sins, but He was resurrected from the dead. The gospel was not a work of Jesus, however. It was a work of God through the Son Jesus Christ.
Let me try to give a summary of the gospel as I see it.
The gospel is the good news that Jesus Christ was sent by God into the world to save sinners from eternal damnation. Jesus Christ, a perfect and righteous man who never committed a sin, took the sins of the world upon his back and was crucified on a cross. He was raised from the dead to forever reign in glory as our Lord, that whoever believes in Him and repents of their sins will be saved. The gospel is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek (Romans 1:16).
There are many ways that I could go from here. I am going to break down the gospel in its entire context, and try to explain more about what it is, and also list the opinions of some men much smarter than myself.
2. The Gospel – The Meaning of the Term
The term gospel is found ninety-six times in the ESV Bible. Gospel is a term from the Old English “Godspel” meaning good tidings or good news. Gospel is a translation from the Greek noun “euangelion” (eu = good, angelion = message), and also from the verb “euangelizo” meaning “to bring or announce good news.” In my opinion, the fact that it is used almost one hundred times in the ESV is a testament of its importance. The gospel is the central Christian message. It cannot be built upon and it cannot be taken away from. If it is, then it is no longer the good news.
– Adam Smith