What Does the Gospel Mean?

The word gospel literally means “good news.” This “good news” is the message that God has fulfilled his promised rescue mission in Christ (1 Corinthians 15:1–9). It demonstrates God’s amazing love.

The gospel is not a plan or list of activities we must do. It is the message that the work is done (John 19:30). As our substitute, Jesus’ perfect life, innocent death, and glorious resurrection have transformed the way God now sees us. “For in [the gospel] is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith” (Romans 1:17).

The gospel message is the way God assures believers they are saved (Romans 1:16).

Occasionally, the Bible speaks about obeying the gospel (1 Thessalonians
1:8, 1 Peter 4:17). How do you obey good news? By believing solely in
Jesus (John 6:29, 1 John 3:23).

Study the Gospel in the Scriptures

1 Corinthians 15:1-9

John 19:30

Roman 1:17

Roman 1:16

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