It is such an honor to welcome my dear friend Hope Meaux back to My Messy Desk as she hones in on a word we hear all the time! She has done a dynamite job of cross-referencing other words we have studied to date to give you a comprehensive look at the word gospel. I hope you’ll take some time to follow the links and review. Please give her a warm welcome!
gospel = (Greek)
(n. euaggelion – eú (good) + aggéllo (proclaim, tell) = good message
(v. euaggelizo) = to announce good news
(n. euaggelistes) = a messenger of good tidings; one who proclaims the gospel (Latinized = evangelist, the gospel writers are called The Four Evangelists)
After Jesus’ resurrection, sometimes translated simply: word, word of truth, preach the word, preach peace, preach Jesus, etc., specifically referring to glad tidings of salvation for people through Jesus Christ.
“Preach the gospel at all times; when necessary, use words.”
This quote, often attributed (erroneously) to Francis of Assisi suggests that godly lifestyle is the most essential and effective means of spreading gospel; words are less necessary.
What does God’s Word tell us?
The Scripture foresaw . . . and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.” So those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith (Galatians 3:6-9).
When the promised descendent of Abraham arrived, another ev-angel-ist affirmed, “I bring you good news (I evangelize to you) of great joy that will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:10).
The beginning of the gospel about Jesus Christ, the Son of God (Mark 1:1): Jesus came . . . preaching the gospel of God, and saying, “The time has come. The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news” (Mark 1:14-15).
Jesus went through all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and sickness (Matthew 4:23, 9:35).
Jesus said: The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news (Luke 4:18) . . . Report to John what you have seen and heard . . . the good news is preached (Luke 7:22)!
Jesus predicted: This gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations (Matthew 24:14).
Jesus commanded: Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned (Mark 16:15-16).
When Jesus spoke of the imminent necessity of His death, His disciples considered the news anything but good (Mark 8:31-32, 9:9-10, 9:31-32, 10:45). After His resurrection, Jesus explained:
“This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.” Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He told them, “This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations” (Luke 24:44-47).
Paul spent his life proclaiming the gospel truth, a WordNerder’s dream:
Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, by which also you are saved . . . that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared [to hundreds] (1 Corinthians 15:1-8, see Acts 26:22-23).
And comprehensively, in Romans, where the primary theme is gospel:
Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God – the gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures regarding his Son, who as to his human nature was a descendant of David, and who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord (1:1-4).
Although the bad news was dire (chapters 1-3, we are all sinners unable to save ourselves), the good news is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith (1:16-17).
And, Paul continues to describe the multifaceted nature of the gospel diamond: the indwelling Holy Spirit (5:5); reconciliation and restoration to peace with God through the death of His Son (5:10); new spiritual birth and eternal life (8:10); freedom from condemnation, sin, law, and death (ch. 5, 6, 7, 8); adoption into God’s family as His heir and co-heir with Christ (8:17), and the transformation of God’s new creations into holy, living sacrifices as the result of this gospel of mercy (12:1-2).
Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them (10:13-14)?
Francis knew that gospel is the saving work of Jesus Christ, His death and resurrection. He passionately preached this truth, sometimes in as many as five villages in one day, atop a bale of straw in the country, or on a box in town. Francis understood that true gospel comes with words, not merely so, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction (I Thess. 1:5).
“Preach the gospel at all times; use words, for they are necessary.”
Hello and Grüß Gott from Bavaria where I live with my dear husband. Although I have loved reading and writing and teaching for as long as I can remember, I am very new to blogging. I have been a disciple of Jesus Christ and student of God’s Word for nearly 25 years.
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