You hear the word "gospel" almost everywhere: gospel music, gospel of wealth, Gospel Baptist Church, gospel songs, gospel coalition, etc. What is the Gospel's definition?
For the most accurate definition, especially when referring to the Gospel in the Holy Scriptures, one should look at the original word used in context. The mainstream consensus believes that most of the New Testament was written in Greek. So, according to Strong's Greek Lexicon, gospel is defined as:
From G2095 and G32; to announce good news (“evangelize”) especially the gospel: - declare, bring (declare, show) glad (good) tidings, preach (the gospel).
So, "gospel" means "good news." The first four books of the New Testament are known as "The Gospels," with each entitled: The Gospel According to Matthew, The Gospel According to Mark, The Gospel According to Luke, and The Gospel According to John. When you read each of these books, it is evident that they are a biography of the life of Jesus Christ.
If the first four books of the New Testament were written about the life of Jesus, what is the "good news" about Him?
1 Corinthians 15:1-4 (MKJV) declares, "And, brothers, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you have received, and in which you stand; by which you also are being kept safe, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received, that Christ died for our sins, according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures."
According to the Apostle Paul, the Gospel consists of three parts:
- Jesus died for our sins.
- Jesus was buried.
- Jesus rose again the third day.
In short, the Gospel is the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus!
Now you have a brief understanding of what the Gospel is!
But Scriptures declare it's not good enough just to know the Gospel, but we must obey it...