What is the Gospel?

The Gospel

The gospel, also often referred to as the “Good News,” is the news of the coming of the Kingdom of God according to Mark 1:14-15. The gospel is the plan crafted by God to save mankind from an eternal departure from God’s presence. The four canonical gospels describe the message of “Good News.”

The New Testament letters describe the gospel as the actions that God took through the life of Jesus Christ on Earth, including his death on the cross and subsequent resurrection, all of which provide atonement for the sins of mankind and reconciliation between man and God.

The Gospel also includes the descent of the Holy Spirit upon believers and the second coming of Jesus.

Who Wrote the Gospel?

Although the books of the Bible known as The Gospels are attributed to their individual namesakes, i.e. Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, many Bible scholars have questioned the true authorship of the text based upon grammatical syntax and third-person references within the texts.

Matthew was a disciple who was a tax collector. John was the “Beloved Disciple” mentioned in the Fourth Gospel. Mark was the secretary of the disciple Peter, and Luke was the traveling companion of Apostle Paul.

In one of his noted letters to the Christian Church at Corinth, Apostle Paul gave the following description of the Gospel:

Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,  that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,

1 Corinthians 15:1-4 New International Version (NIV)

More Good News

According to the scripture text, all of mankind is sinners saved by grace, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23. What’s worse is that the cost of our sin is death according to Romans 6:23.

But thankfully, as described in the gospel, there is one way that mankind can find its way back to God. This is the good news of the gospel!

The Gospel of Jesus Love

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:8 New International Version (NIV)

The scripture above is a clear indication of how good God is to us. Although we deserve death because of our sin, God loved us so much that he sent his son to Earth to show us Jesus Love; the act of dying on the cross and rising from the tomb in 3 days. By this act, sin was conquered.

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast.

Ephesians 2:8-9 New International Version (NIV)

Bible Scriptures About Jesus Love

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. – Isaiah 53:6

For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. – 2 Corinthians 5:21

He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. – 1 Peter 2:24

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, – 1 Peter 3:18

Conclusion

The Gospel is the Biblical narrative of the birth, the life, the death, and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Once we acknowledge that we are all sinners fallen from grace, the gospel provides us with a pathway for renewal and restoration with God.

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