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What is the gospel?

The word gospel is found ninety-nine times in the NASB. In the Greek New Testament (NT), the word gospel/good news is the English translation of the Greek noun euangelion  and the verb euangelizo meaning “to bring or announce good news.” Euangelion  and euangelizo come from the noun angelos or  “messenger.” Classical Greek, denotes euangelos as one who brought a message of victory or other political or personal news that connotated euphoria or joy. Also,, euangelizomai  meant “to speak as a messenger of gladness, to proclaim the good news.” (1) Further, the noun euangelion became a technical term for the message of victory, though it was also used for a political or private message that brought joy. (2)

In 1 Corinthians 15:1-8, The apostle Paul noted the core message of the gospel in 1 Corinthians 15:1-8.

  1. The death,
  2. burial,
  3. resurrection,
  4. and appearances of the resurrected Christ.
  5. The above references are stated below in the verses 3-5:

15:1 Now I want to make clear for you, brothers and sisters, the gospel that I preached to you, that you received and on which you stand, 15:2 and by which you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the message I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. 15:3 For I passed on to you as of first importance what I also received—

  1. that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures,
  2. 15:4 and that he was buried,
  3. and that he was raised on the third day according to the scriptures,
  4. 15:5 and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve…(3)

The gospel message that Bible shares are a binary  statement:

  1. Christ died for our sins and
  2. He was raised on the third day.

Scripture verifies the veracity of these two statements (cf. Ps. 16:10Isa. 53:8-10). The empty tomb and eyewitness reports affirm the truth of these statements.

Paul declares that he is not ashamed of sharing the good news. His writing certainly declared

  1. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.– Hebrews 13:8

The Apostle John affirmed who and what Christ is..

  1. do you say about the one whom the Father set apart and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? – John 10:36 – Only God can relinquish us from our sins.
  2. “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live even if he dies, – John 11:25 – only a risen Savior can save us and offer us the gift of eternal life.
  3. “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. – John 14:6 There is only one way to YHWH and that is through Jesus Christ.
  4. I am the true vine and my Father is the gardener.. – John 15:1 How do we grow and produce fruit? By clinging to the true vine Jesus Christ.

This time of the year is a difficult time for many people. They look back at their lives and begin to belittle themselves because they did not reach enough people for Christ-they berate themselves because did not share the gospel enough. Well remember that the Holy Spirit does the calling, you do the sharing. The mere fact that you are sharing demonstrates that you are not ashamed of the gospel. You should not be ashamed of yourself as a person either. Trust Him to help you grow. Feed on His word and you will grow. Do not go looking for a miracle pill to spiritual growth-there is none. If you are feeling depressed just contact us we can talk with you. We may be nearing the end of the year, but it is not the end of you as a Christian. The holidays are the most depressing time of the year for many people. Reach out to us and allow us to share the good news of the peace and love of Jesus Christ with you!

 

 

Notes:

1 Colin Brown, general editor, The New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology, (Zondervan, Grand Rapids, 1976), Volume 2, 107.

2 Ibid.

4 Unless otherwise note, all quotations are from the NET Bible www.BibleGateway.com.

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