Friday, April 8, 2011

G is for the Gospel

Our English word gospel comes from an Anglo-Saxon word God-spell or God-story. This word is the New Testament translation of the Greek Word euangelion. Inherent within this word is the idea of "good, news, or joyful tidings that makes ones heart merry or glad. As a matter of fact William Tyndale, the bible translator, said it like this; "it signified "good, merry, glad and joyfull tydinge, that maketh a mannes hert glad, and maketh hym synge, daunce, and leepe for joye." in his Prolouge to the New Testament. If you didn't get that he said, "good, merry, and joyful tidings, that makes a man's heart glad and makes him sing, dance, and leap for joy."


The family of Greek Words that render the word gospel comes to us from the noun angelos which means messenger and the verb angello which means announce, proclaim, publish news. Hence we get the meaning "good news." Again, it is the content of what is announced, proclaimed, or published. Originally euangelion meant the reward offered to a messenger who brought news of victory in battle or an escape from some danger. By usage and transference it came to mean the content of the message, and not simply news, but good news. The immediate response to this good news (of victory, or escape from danger) was the offering of a sacrifice to the gods as a token of gratitude.

The gospel, is the good news and the joyful proclamation of God's redemptive activity in Jesus Christ on behalf of human beings who are locked in the bondage of sin. The gospel is God's divine plan to redeem lost, condemned, and hopeless men and bestow upon them eternal grace and bliss.  Where, we do not offer a sacrifice to a god out of gratitude, our response to the gospel is gratitude and our offering from gratitude is ourselves, Romans 12:1.

Euangelion is rarely used apart from the sense of good news or glad tidings outside of Christian writings. Homer made this observation, "the gospel, or the good news, refers not the the message itself, but to the reward given to the messenger." In other words the good news is not in the message of the gospel but in the work that it does in the life of an individual. Euangelion or the gospel occurs some 75 times in the New Testament with the specific usage of good news.

The gospel is the willing death of Jesus Christ on behalf of sinners, the burial of Jesus Christ which proved the death of Jesus Christ, and the resurrection with power of Jesus Christ as the Son of God ensuring the satisfaction or appeasement of God the Father. Jesus death satisfied the wrath, anger, justice, righteousness, and holiness of God the Father. Hebrews chapter 10 tells us that with his own flesh Jesus opened a way into the holy place, or the dwelling place of God.

It is important to note that as simple as the definition is the New Testament is replete with information concerning this good news. Information such as its author, its, recipients, its manner of appropriation. For example, the entire trinity is involved in the gospel: The Father ordained the gospel, the Son provided the sacrifice needed to appease the Father and the Holy Spirit applies the gospel, or the work of Christ to the heart of a sinner. The gospel is given by the grace of God and can not be merited, earned, or otherwise appropriated by a sinner. It is received by faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ.

Today, the euangelion, or the good news is offered to you. God ordained a plan by which to redeem your soul from the bondage of sin and the condemnation of eternal judgment and punishment in a place called hell, which included the news that a mediator, His Son took upon Himself your sins and died your death in your place on a cross some 2,000 years ago at a place called Calvary. In doing so, at least four things took place, God attributed your sin to Jesus, God attributed Jesus perfect righteousness to you, Jesus willingly died to accomplish this, and God was satisfied. Jesus was then taken down off of the cross after his voluntary death by Nicodemus and Joseph and placed in a brand new tomb. Then three days later Jesus was raised from the dead, declaring Him to be the Son of God with power, and after 40 days of ministry proving his resurrection he ascended back to the Father where he was seated at the right hand of the Father. What is he doing there? He lives to make intercession for you when you need it and to act as your advocate when sin or Satan accuses you before the Father as being sinful. He shows the Father his nail scarred hands, his nail scarred feet and the imprint in his side and the scars on his brow and says Father, this one is mine, You gave this one to me when I agree to die to satisfy you. This beloved is the good news!

27 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Didn't know the full meaning and history behind the word gospel - now I do!

Seams Inspired said...

Great 'G' post and even greater news you've shared today. Thanks, Gregg! Happy Friday! :o)

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Great G post Gregg, most informative,

Yvonne.

Nicole said...

This post is very helpful in understanding the meanings of the word. Messenger of good news...making man sing, dance and leap for joy is something worth getting behind!

Thanks for the post.

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Stephen Tremp said...

That's quite a blog today! The Gospel is indeed the Good News! Great way to start off the day. Thanks!

Ocean Girl said...

I learned plenty too today. I'm visiting from Arlee, to say Hello Gregg;)

~Ron said...

Amen! That's the best news I ever heard! It change my life forever and ever :-)

Penned Pebbles said...

Amazing information-rich and truth-filled G post! May this precious seed travel far and wide, and fall on fertile ground! I really appreciate your site and this challenge. I'm learning much! Blessings!

Eve said...

Hey Gregg! thanks for visiting my blog! I would like to be involved in the A-Z challenge..your blog is laid out really nicely! I'm trying to get mine a little more organized..thanks again and have a wonderful day! Peace to you, eve :)

kmckendry said...

Interesting post. On the A to Z trail and just stopped by to say "HI".

Brianna said...

Honestly, Gregg after reading your posts, my own seem frivolous and silly. Your posts have such depth and impart so much to the reader.

Thank you for sharing the good news!

Joe Richardson said...

Of the all the sermons I've sat through and reading I've done, I somehow I never ran across this bit of history. I think words mean more when you know their stories. Thanks for sharing this.

Good News indeed.

Best,
Joe
g: Gideon in the Graveyard

Trevor Peck said...

AMEN brother! Appreciate the work you put into your posts!

Cathy M. said...

You know? I don't think enough about the fact that Jesus is with the father as my advocate and intercessor. The Gospel is so glorious and so vast in scope, I frequently only focus on a portion at a time. What a magnificent salvation God has provided! May the Holy Spirit add His blessing to your proclamation.

Trudy said...

I love the G post Gregg! I love the gospel too :-)

Have a blessed weekend!
Trudy

inkslingerblog said...

Great post, Gregg! Thanks so much for the time and energy you're putting into these posts.

When the A-Z challenge is finished, you should compile all the posts in a book! It would be quite an informative guide to the alphabet! :)

Keep up the great work!

J A C Q U E L I N E said...

Hi Gregg! I am here from A to Z! I also love to share the good news on my blog. Thanks for this history on the Gospel. I am now following!
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Susan said...

Hi Gregg!

At first seeing your post on "Gospel" I thought you got the idea from me....and then I saw that your post was hours before mine, lol...

Thanks for visiting my little blog...I shall link this post, that is much more informative, imo, on that wonderful word: GOSPEL

That is most excellent news! :-D

Lucy Adams said...

One more post sharing the Good News of the Gospel. Look how many people you've reached with it. That has to be rewarding.

Lucy

Sherri said...

Excellent post! And so necessary for today. Very clear presentation.

Changing the subject just a bit, where did you get your TULIP graphic with the five solas and can I get one somewhere?

Sharon Kirby said...

Oh Gregg - I can't tell you how much I enjoyed this!! It was so thorough, and made me appreciate even more the wonderfully GOOD News that has been imparted to us.

I liked this line - "In other words the good news is not in the message of the gospel but in the work that it does in the life of an individual."

Never really thought of that - what a profound truth. The message is wonderful, yes - but wonder-full because it is life-changing, spirit-transforming!

Loved how you ended - brought tears to my ear. Seeing Jesus in Heaven, interceding on my behalf. And what could be more thrilling than having the Shepherd Himself declare, "This one is Mine..."

Awesome, Gregg - just awesome!

GOD BLESS!

Renae said...

How very informative, thanks for posting!

Arlee Bird said...

I thank God for the Gospel. I'm also thankful for good teachers like yourself.

It was a pleasure to feature you on my blog today.

Lee

Tamara McRill said...

I never knew the origin of the word. Thoughtful post.

mymy said...

knowing that Jesus is there interceding for us is indeed good news!

Nicki Elson said...

Aha, so you shouldn't shoot the messenger when he brings a bad message, but you can give him a reward when he brings a good one. Sounds like a pretty good deal. :)

I love the sentiment that it isn't the message itself that's the good news, but rather the work it does in the lives of the individual. I have a feeling your "H" today is going to give some practical tips on how to let the good news in.

Phillip Owen Morris said...

Col 1 26 27 The good glad merry news that makes man leap for joy. Gospel well defined my friend. gal 2 20. amen