“After these things HE appeared in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country. And they went back and told the rest, but they did not believe them. Afterward HE appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at table, and HE rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who saw HIM after HE had risen. And HE said to them, ‘Go into all the world and proclaim THE GOSPEL to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.’” (Mark 16:12-16)
“So then THE LORD JESUS, after HE had spoken to them, was taken up into Heaven and sat down at the right hand of GOD. And they went out and preached everywhere, while THE LORD worked with them and confirmed THE MESSAGE by accompanying signs.” (Mark 16:19-20)
“For GOD so loved the world, that HE gave HIS only SON, that whoever believes in HIM should not perish but have eternal life. For GOD did not send HIS SON into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through HIM. Whoever believes in HIM is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in THE NAME of THE only SON of GOD.” (John 3:16-18)
"For I am not ashamed of THE GOSPEL, for it is the power of GOD for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of GOD is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, 'The righteous shall live by faith.'” (Romans 1:16-17)
The word---gospel---means "good news" or "glad tidings," and is derived from the Greek---εὐαγγέλιον, euangelion.
THE GOSPEL is:
- THE GOSPEL...of GOD (Mark 1:14; Romans 15:16)
- THE GOSPEL...of JESUS CHRIST (Mark 1:1; 1 Corinthians 9:12)
- THE GOSPEL...of HIS SON (Romans 1:9)
- THE GOSPEL...of THE KINGDOM (Matthew 4:23)
- THE GOSPEL...of the grace of GOD (Acts 20:24)
- THE GOSPEL...of the glory of CHRIST (2 Corinthians 4:4)
- THE GOSPEL...of peace (Ephesians 6:15)
- THE...eternal...GOSPEL (Revelation 14:6)
In short, THE GOSPEL is:
THE GLAD TIDINGS/GOOD NEWS of THE MESSIAH/CHRIST, the real JESUS---of THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (both Old & New Covenants/Testaments), HIS KINGDOM (Colossians 1:14-15), and the redemption of mankind and creation through HIS birth, life, death, resurrection, ascension, mediation, and reign.
THE LORD GOD’S---
- glory (Luke 9:32; John 1:14; Hebrews 1:3a)
- grace (John 1:14)
- gift (Romans 5:15) [of salvation] to HIS creatures [and creation] (Romans 8:18-21)
---manifested/revealed in and through---JESUS [THE] CHRIST (Romans 5:10) is...THE GOSPEL.
JESUS’---birth, life, death, resurrection, ascension, mediation, and reign (HIS KINGDOM) = HIS victory over satan (son of perdition, progenitor of lies, rebel), sin (satan’s “works” aka disobedience to/transgression of THE LORD GOD’S words), and death (sin’s penalty) = peace with HIM, peace with fellow creatures, and world peace.
THE GOSPEL is---eternal/everlasting---because THE ONE and ONLY TRUE SOURCE of THE GOSPEL is eternal/everlasting---THE LORD GOD HIMSELF.
Apostle Paul speaks of “another gospel” which is not an equivalent to THE [TRUE] GOSPEL---because THE GOSPEL of GOD is HIS revelation---not man’s fabrication, as it is written:
“For I would have you know, brothers, that THE GOSPEL that was preached by me is not man's gospel. For I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of JESUS CHRIST.” (Galatians 1:11-12)
(For examples of “man’s gospel” aka “another gospel” aka “no gospel at all,” see mgr’s memoirs for his "new" (but "old") gnosticism.)
The Greek word---euangelion---is also the source (via Latinized evangelium) of the terms "evangelist" and "evangelism" in English.
The writers (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) of the first four books of the New Testament known as “the gospels” were---evangelists.
In the book of Acts, Philip is named as an---evangelist:
“On the next day, we departed and came to Caesarea, and we entered the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, and stayed with him.” (Acts 21:8)
After the stoning and death of Stephen (Acts 7:54-60), which the then, Saul (later to become Paul, an apostle of JESUS), approved of (Acts 8:1a)---
“…there arose on that day a great persecution against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. Devout men buried Stephen and made great lamentation over him. But Saul was ravaging the church, and entering house after house, he dragged off men and women and committed them to prison.” ((Acts 8:1b-3)
---Philip was among those who were “scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria” who went about doing the following:
“Now those who were scattered went about preaching the word. Philip went down to the city of Samaria and proclaimed to them THE CHRIST. And the crowds with one accord paid attention to what was being said by Philip when they heard him and saw the signs that he did. For unclean spirits, crying out with a loud voice, came out of many who had them, and many who were paralyzed or lame were healed. So there was much joy in that city.” (Acts 8:4-8)
This was the same Philip who witnessed to and explained passages from the book of Isaiah the prophet, and preached THE GOSPEL to the eunuch:
“Now when they had testified and spoken the word of THE LORD, they returned to Jerusalem, preaching THE GOSPEL to many villages of the Samaritans. Now an angel of THE LORD said to Philip, ‘Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.’ This is a desert place. And he rose and went. And there was an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure. He had come to Jerusalem to worship and was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah. And THE SPIRIT said to Philip, ‘Go over and join this chariot.’ So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, ‘Do you understand what you are reading?’ And he said, ‘How can I, unless someone guides me? And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. Now the passage of THE SCRIPTURE that he was reading was this: ‘Like a sheep HE was led to the slaughter and like a lamb before its shearer is silent, so HE opens not HIS mouth. In HIS humiliation justice was denied HIM. Who can describe HIS generation? For HIS life is taken away from the earth.’ And the eunuch said to Philip, ‘About WHOM, I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?’ Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this SCRIPTURE he told him THE GOOD NEWS about JESUS. And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, ‘See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?’ And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him. And when they came up out of the water, THE SPIRIT of THE LORD carried Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he passed through he preached THE GOSPEL to all the towns until he came to Caesarea.” (Acts 8:25-40)
As is obvious, JESUS’ disciples were obedient to HIM and HIS instruction(s)/word(s) to:
“...Go into all the world and proclaim THE GOSPEL...HIM to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned...” (Mark 16:15-16)
The entire New Testament is a testimony to and witness of---THE GOSPEL of GOD/JESUS CHRIST/THE KINGDOM/the grace of GOD/the glory of CHRIST, etc.---in obedience to THE LORD GOD and in accordance with HIS calling and purpose of being witnesses to---HIS GOSPEL.
THE GOSPEL however is not confined to the New Testament only, and includes the Old Testament as well (as egk believes).
THE GOSPEL/GLAD TIDINGS/GOOD NEWS of THE MESSIAH [CHRIST] JESUS was preached to---Abraham, as it is written (please note THE SOURCE of THE GOSPEL preached to Abraham):
“Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham. And THE SCRIPTURE, foreseeing that GOD would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached THE GOSPEL beforehand to Abraham, saying, ‘In you shall all the nations be blessed.’ So then, those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.” (Galatians 3:7-9)
Now how is it that---THE SCRIPTURE preached THE GOSPEL to Abraham?
In the book of---Genesis is found the following:
“And the angel of THE LORD called to Abraham a second time from Heaven and said, ‘By MYSELF I have sworn,’ declares THE LORD, ‘because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your OFFSPRING shall possess the gate of HIS enemies, and in your OFFSPRING, shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed MY voice.’” (Genesis 22:15-18)
Apostle Paul refers to the above promise of THE LORD GOD to Abraham that “...in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed” in Galatians 3:16 when he clarifies just WHO exactly THE SEED/OFFSPRING is WHOM THE LORD GOD made reference to in the Genesis 22:15-18 text:
“Now the promises were made to Abraham and to his offspring. It does not say, ‘And to offsprings,’ referring to many, but referring to ONE, ‘And to your OFFSPRING,’ WHO is CHRIST.” (Galatians 3:16)
The promise THE LORD GOD made to Abraham is fulfilled in its fullest sense not in the millions of Abraham’s descendants, but rather in Abraham’s ONE unique descendant---JESUS [THE] CHRIST. In CHRIST JESUS, the blessing of Abraham comes to---all the nations, to all those who will believe as Abraham did---in THE PROMISED SEED/OFFSPRING, the real JESUS---of THE HOLY SCRIPTURES.
The experience of Abraham and the sacrificing of his only son (Isaac) was essentially---THE GOSPEL---foreshadowing and portraying the sacrificial death of THE LORD GOD'S ONLY SON---the real JESUS---of THE HOLY SCRIPTURES---for the salvation and redemption of mankind and creation.
THE GOSPEL preached to Abraham in the Old Testament has been brought into full [day]light with the advent of the real JESUS---of THE HOLY SCRIPTURES---for it is THE HOLY SCRIPTURES that bear witness to, testify of, and are fulfilled in HIM as HE HIMSELF said:
“And HE came to Nazareth, where HE had been brought up. And as was HIS custom, HE went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and HE stood up to read. And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to HIM. HE unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written, ‘THE SPIRIT of THE LORD is upon ME, because HE has anointed ME to proclaim GOOD NEWS to the poor. HE has sent ME to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of THE LORD’S favor.’ And HE rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on HIM. And HE began to say to them, ‘Today this SCRIPTURE has been fulfilled in your hearing.’” (Luke 4:16-21)
“Consequently, when CHRIST came into the world, HE said, ‘Sacrifices and offerings YOU have not desired, but a body have YOU prepared for ME; in burnt offerings and sin offerings YOU have taken no pleasure. Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come to do YOUR will, O GOD, as it is written of ME in the scroll of THE BOOK.’” (Hebrews 10:5-7; cf Psalm 40:7)
The author of Hebrews provides a glimpse of THE GOSPEL being preached throughout time and history:
“For GOOD NEWS came to us just as to them, but THE MESSAGE they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened.” (Hebrews 4:2) (THE HOLY SCRIPTURES provide information concerning "those who listened" (Jews and Gentiles) aka "the household of faith/household of GOD"---Galatians 6:10b; Ephesians 2:19b).
So---all---black/brown/red/yellow/white---throughout time and history---who believed/believe in the real JESUS---of THE HOLY SCRIPTURES---were/are “united by faith” (via THE SPIRIT of CHRIST aka THE SPIRIT of TRUTH aka THE SPIRIT of GOD aka THE HOLY SPIRIT)---the same “faith” that Abraham had in---THE LORD GOD WHO is SPIRIT (John 4:24; 2 Corinthians 3:17a) thus are "...the sons of Abraham." (Galatians 3:7)
Back to evangelists and evangelism....
Apostle Paul makes mention of---evangelists---in his Ephesians epistle:
“And HE gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of CHRIST…” (Ephesians 4:11-12)
To “evangelize” (expressed through the Hebrew verb “basar”) then, is---to proclaim THE GLAD TIDINGS/GOOD NEWS of the victory of THE LORD GOD’S salvation via the---birth, life, death, resurrection, ascension, mediation, and reign of---JESUS [THE] CHRIST. Thus, in HIS economy and ministry, all of JESUS’ disciples are---evangelists---because they preach---HIM, HIS KINGDOM, and the redemption of mankind and creation through HIS birth, life, death, resurrection, ascension, mediation, and reign aka the testimony of JESUS aka THE SPIRIT of prophecy (truth).
Please NOTE: There is---no mystery, no secrecy---in THE [ETERNAL/EVERLASTING] GOSPEL.
Apostle Paul makes this abundantly clear in his testimony of the real JESUS---of THE HOLY SCRIPTURES:
“…of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from GOD that was given to me for you, to make the word of GOD fully known, the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to HIS saints. To them GOD chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is CHRIST in you, the hope of glory. HIM we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in CHRIST.” (Colossians 1:25-28)
The “mystery of the ages” aka THE GLAD TIDINGS/GOOD NEWS has been manifested/revealed in the real JESUS---of THE HOLY SCRIPTURES---and HIS meritorious work on the cross = salvation for all who---believe/have faith [in HIM]. (THE very ONE WHOM unbelievers during HIS day denied/rejected, and WHOM unbelievers today deny/reject HIM---e.g., f/m/p, et al).
Also please NOTE: There is---no exclusivity---of persons to whom THE GOSPEL is preached.
Apostle John brings this point home in his testimony of JESUS aka THE GLAD TIDINGS/GOOD NEWS/THE GOSPEL---
“For GOD so loved the world, that HE gave HIS ONLY SON, that whoever believes in HIM should not perish but have eternal life. For GOD did not send HIS SON into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through HIM.” (John 3:16-17)
---along with “sad tidings/bad news” for those who deny/reject the real JESUS---of THE HOLY SCRIPTURES:
“...but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in THE NAME of THE ONLY SON of GOD.” (John 3:18)
(Unfortunately for him, his own testimony/words have placed f/m/p into the category of---unbelievers in the real JESUS---of THE HOLY SCRIPTURES aka those who are “condemned already.”)
THE same MESSAGE [of salvation] for all mankind rings true in the book of Revelation wherein is found the phrase “an eternal GOSPEL”:
“Then I saw another angel flying directly overhead, with an eternal GOSPEL to proclaim to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people.” (Revelation 14:6)
Again---no exclusivity---of persons to whom THE [ETERNAL/EVERLASTING] GLAD TIDINGS/GOOD NEWS/GOSPEL is preached---only condemnation to those who do not believe in THE ONLY NAME under Heaven given among men by which they must be saved (Acts 4:12), the real JESUS---of THE HOLY SCRIPTURES.
And once again the truths of THE HOLY SCRIPTURES prove faithful in exposing as a falsehood/lie/untruth and bringing to naught, f/m/p’s anti/un-SCRIPTURAL fabrication of a response to the question---What is “the eternal gospel”?---seen here:
Sorry. It is only reserved for the children of Abraham. (Sharing Your Faith Or Not While Attending A Cult, post #24)
It is only logical that f/m/p cannot provide a---truthful (full of truth)---answer because, as previously stated, he is not indwelt by THE SPIRIT of TRUTH aka THE SPIRIT of CHRIST, and he is not indwelt by THE SPIRIT of TRUTH aka THE SPIRIT of CHRIST because he denies/rejects the real JESUS [THE CHRIST]---of THE HOLY SCRIPTURES---THE ONE WHO promised the indwelling of HIS SPIRIT aka THE SPIRIT of CHRIST aka THE SPIRIT of TRUTH aka THE HOLY SPIRIT in HIS disciples post HIS departure (John 14:16-17).
CHRISTians lament the empty, desolate, and doomed gnostic believers and followers of a counterfeit/fraudulent/imposter “Christ”....their “new Jewish Messiah.”
Woe unto them....poor unfortunate souls....