Gospel – what is the Gospel?

Gospel is a term used over 75 times in the New Testament. While it has various nuances of meaning, it primarily means “good news.” According to the Evangelical Dictionary of Theology edited by Walter Elwell, “the gospel is the joyous proclamation of God‘s redemptive activity in Christ Jesus on behalf of man enslaved by sin.”

Another usage for the term is to refer to specific books in the Bible that set forth the life and teaching of Jesus, for example the Gospel of Matthew, etc.

The importance of the gospel cannot be understated. Indeed, it is the culminating concept of the entire Bible. So as the biblical writers proclaimed this good news to all, so we in turn proclaim it to our readers. As it says in the most famous of all Bible passages:

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).

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