By: Geoff Ashley
"For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of
God for salvation to everyone who believes."
Summary: The gospel is that Christ died for our sins and He rose and through faith in Him we can be reconciled to the Father.
The teachings of Jesus and the apostles; the Christian revelation.
The story of Christ’s life and teachings, esp. as contained in the first four books of the New Testament, namely Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
(usually initial capital letter) Any of these four books.
Something regarded as true and implicitly believed: to take his report for gospel.
A doctrine regarded as of prime importance: political gospel.
Glad tidings, esp. concerning salvation and the kingdom of God as announced to the world by Christ.
(often initial capital letter) Ecclesiastical. an extract from one of the four Gospels, forming part of the Eucharistic service in certain churches.
1 – From Random House Unabridged Dictionary, 2006.
The word gospel is translated from the Greek εὐαγγέλιον which means good news. It is the message of the life, death and resurrection of Christ through which the believer is saved from sin and to life. Indeed, there are various ways of looking at the gospel, depending upon the way in which you are looking at the term. This article will be restricted to the theological implications for mankind, but we must also be cognizant of the greater story of God’s creation, its corruption and His reconciliation. See the article “What is Reconciliation?” for a broader sense of God’s overarching purpose in the good news. In its most simple form, the gospel is a confession of the primary tradition of faith which is presented in 1 Corinthians 15:1-8.