The Gospel on Wikipedia I “revised”Posted: June 2, 2008
After posting this morning the cultures view of the gospel on wikipedia, Nicholas T. Batzig has been nice enough to change this so that it gives a proper definition of the Gospel. Read below…
In Christianity, the good news or gospel is the message of Jesus or the message about Jesus, specifically his atoning death on the cross and resurrection. More specifically it is the promise and hope of salvation through the wrath averting death of Jesus for His people from all nations that Jesus provides.
Good News is the English translation of the Koine Greek ευαγγέλιον (euangelion, “good message”). The gospel was the good news that runners carried throughout the Greek city-states proclaiming that the Saviour-King had ascended to his throne. This word is sometimes also translated “Gospel“. Hence, the written accounts of the life and teaching of Jesus are generally known as “Gospels“.
The Christian message of good news is described in the Bible. It relates to the saving acts of God, centred upon the person of Jesus and his substitutionary death on the cross and resurrection from the dead. Its context is the storyline of the Christian Bible as a whole, which tells of the creation of humanity, humanity’s rebellion against God, and how people from all nations are restored to relationship with God through the person of Jesus. A key theme of the Christian good news is that God offers a new life and forgiveness through Jesus. Jesus’ teaching of the good news also relates to the coming of the Kingdom of God (Mark 1:14-15).