What is the gospel?
It’s a question I’ve been asking myself recently.
You can hardly open a Christian magazine or visit a Christian website without seeing the word used in a variety of contexts. The word “gospel” is used in connection with social justice, politics, therapy and everything in between. But what does the Bible say about the gospel?
The English word gospel is translated from the Greek word euaggelion, which means glad tidings or good news. Paul stated the essence of the Gospel in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4:
“Now I make know 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, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, 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.”
Paul was reminding those in Corinth (and the rest of us) that the good news that was prophesied for centuries in the Old Testament came to fruition in the person of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. (John 1:29) Your sin. My sin.
Not long after God created man, sin entered the world. (Genesis 3) And when sin came, a chasm separated us from God. But because of His great love, God has been reaching across that chasm to draw us back to Himself. He sacrificed His only Son so that we could be close again. Brought near. As we place our trust and faith in Christ, we are no longer separated from Him. We are no longer alone or without hope. (Ephesians 2:12)
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– The hope and resurrection of the dead (Acts 23:6)
– The hope of righteousness (Galatians 5:5)
– The hope of the glory of God (Romans 5:2)
– The blessed hope and appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ (Titus 2:13)
– The hope of salvation (1 Thessalonians 5:8)
– The hope of His calling (Ephesians 1:18)
– The hope of eternal life (Titus 1:2,3:7)
– This hope as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast (Hebrews 6:18-19)
The gospel is the message of hope to a hurting world.
Christ died for our sins. Christ was buried. And Christ rose again. All according to the Scriptures. He is alive. He is our hope. And we, are to go and give out the reason for our hope to others.
O God, remind us today of the ocean of hope that we have in You. Quicken us to share the reason for our hope. Remind us that we are the people of good news. Take us back to the very essentials of our faith, euaggelion, the good news. Lord, like spoiled children, we so often forget that we were in darkness. We were far off, orphaned and abandoned because of sin, and You brought us near by the blood of Jesus. Thank You for Your extravagant love. Thank You for the cross. In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.