Pinning down a biblical definition of the gospel is neither easy nor obvious. That’s because within the Scriptures, various forms of the greek word (εὐαγγέλιον -euaggelion) from which we get “gospel’ appears over 150 times. In most of those texts the meaning of the gospel is assumed rather than defined. We share that to highlight our understanding of the gospel is not the be-all-end-all understanding, but rather humble and thoughtful articulation which pieces together what many different texts reveal about what the gospel is.
The gospel is is the story of how the living God has acted throughout history to save and redeem his fallen creation. The gospel is immensely good news. Scripture teaches that creation originally existed in a state of perfection, but because sin entered the world everything on earth has become broken. This fallen state cries out for a redeemer, someone to make all things new again. Throughout history God has been working for our redemption.
His work is most fully seen in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Jesus was God in the flesh and came preaching a message about repentance from sins and the inauguration of the Kingdom of Heaven in the here and now as well as in the age to come. Through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, reconciliation, peace,and friendship with God is now possible. Salvation, rescue, and forgiveness from judgement have been given by the riches of God’s grace through faith in Jesus. The gospel includes Jesus’s promise to His followers that The Spirit would be with them allowing them to share in His joy and empowering them to accomplish His mission. The very same gospel which saves unbelievers is the same gospel in which followers of Christ stand and by which they are being saved. The ultimate end of the gospel is the everlasting joy of all of those who put their faith in Christ and the eternal revelation of God’s glory.