The word â€œgospelâ€ (Greek: euaggelizÅ) literally means â€œto announce good newsâ€. The term â€œevangelizeâ€ comes from the same root word. From a biblical perspective, the gospel is Godâ€™s message to mankind. In this way, Abraham and Moses with the Jews of the exodus heard â€œthe gospelâ€ (Gal 3:8; Heb 4:2). Jesus also preached â€œthe gospelâ€ from the beginning of His earthly ministry (Mat 4:23; Mar 1:14). It appears, then, that the gospel is Godâ€™s message of â€œgood newsâ€ to the people for that particular time.
Therefore, in the New Testament era (in which we are still living) the essence of the Gospel is the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ (1 Cor 15:1-4). This is the â€œgood newsâ€ of Godâ€™s grace and power. Because of Christâ€™s sacrifice, humanity can be saved from the curse of sin, have peace with God, and inherit eternal life.
The Apostles beautifully likened our repentance, water baptism, and infilling of the Spirit to the death, burial and resurrection of Christ (Rom 6:3-5). They understood this new birth experience to be the manner in which we properly respond to the Gospel and apply it to our lives. By repenting we die to sin and identify with Christâ€™s death (Rom 6:6-11; 1 Pet 2:24). By being buried in the waters of baptism we identify with the Christâ€™s burial (Rom 6:3-4; Col 2:12). And, by being filled with the Godâ€™s Spirit we identify with Christâ€™s resurrection (Rom 6:4-5; 8:11). We can only fully realize the gospel message by being born again!
Thank God for the gospel of our salvationâ€”the gospel of Jesus Christ! (Eph 1:13; 2 Cor 4:4).