Greek Pronunciation [yoo ahn GEHL ee ahn]
HCSB Translation: gospel, good news
Uses in the NT: 76
“Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel”
The Christian euangelion (gospel) is the universal message of God’s saving grace through faith in Christ, and the message of His kingdom over which Jesus reigns. Jesus preached the good news of God’s coming kingdom (Mt. 4:23), and substantiated His message by miracles (Mt. 9:35). This good news of the kingdom’s arrival will be preached to the world (Mk. 13:10) and is worthy of sacrificial labor (Mk. 8:35). Paul believed the gospel was an extension of OT promises, where it lay hidden in mystery form (Rom. 1:1-3; 16:25-26).
Paul’s gospel encompasses Jesus’ entire life: His incarnation, sacrificial death, burial, resurrection, post-resurrection appearances, and ascension (Rom. 1:1- 6; 1 Cor. 15:1-8; Php. 2:9). It is the Spirit-empowered message (1 Th. 1:5) by which God calls the elect (2 Th. 2:13-14) and reconciles people to Himself (2 Cor. 5:18- 21). Men will one day be judged by it (Rom. 2:16; 2 Th. 1:8).
Word Studies courtesy of the Holman Christian Standard Study Bible. Used with permissions from B&H Publishing Group, A Division of LifeWay Christian Resources.