1. What does the word ‘Gospel’ mean?



The word ‘Gospel’ derives from the Greek evanghelion, which means ‘Good News’. And what’s the good news? The apostle Paul explains what the Gospel is in one of his epistles to the Corinthians; here are his words: “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God” (1 Corinthians 15:1-9).

This is the Gospel of the grace of God (Acts 20:24), by which those who believe it are saved from their sins and receive eternal life. Therefore the Gospel is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, as Paul says to the Romans (Romans 1:16).

So let the Gospel be preached to the sinners for their salvation, and let the saints be reminded of the Gospel so that they may hold fast it till the end and thus obtain the crown of life.

If anyone preaches any other gospel to you than this, let him be accursed (Galatians 1:9) before God and His holy angels.