What the Gospel IS: News, not advice
After a little Sabbath from blogging for both Nathan and me, I decided to start the New Year off right, with the Gospel. It’s been a while, so if you haven’t kept up, you can follow my Gospel series here, here, here, and here. After looking at what the Gospel is NOT, I would like to now look at what the Gospel IS.
The Greek term “gospel” (ev-angelion) distinguished the Christian message from that of other religions. An ‘ev-angel’ was news of a great historical event, such as a victory in war or the ascension of a new king, that changed the listeners’ condition and required a response from the listener. So the gospel is news of what God has done to reach us. It is not advice about what we must do to reach God.
D.A. Carson, speaking of the greek word states,
In non-biblical sources before the NT period, euangelion customarily referred to the reward given a messenger who brought good news—of military victory, perhaps, or of escape from danger. By an obvious transfer, it came to refer to the good news itself.