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No. 0     Original Topic:  What is the Gospel?   
By:  YoBro-MOTBOC   Gender: M   Age: 63   on  Oct 18, 2017 at 3:48 PM   Viewed 577 times     
I am making a simple question that should have a simple answer. I hear many definition's from different aspects of individuals; their belief when explained to one that knows nothing of the scripture is really interesting.

If you will give your answer in as few words of explanation(s) with the scripture that goes along with what you believe it is to be would be appreciated.


You could say I am cheating on a document I am working on. My reasoning is because most of my study books are in storage until I find a place I can afford to live at. And I am not able to print anything to lay side by side for a qualified answer.


THANKS EVERYONE
No. 1     Reply: Re: What is the Gospel?   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  Oct 18, 2017 at 5:43 PM     
Hi John! (nice to see you post)! This is a great question and it is interesting seeing different answers.

We find in theological studies that 'gospel' (=good news/revelation of Christ) is often stated as 4 different gospels (to include the first four books of the NT). Yet, I believe there is 1 Gospel (One faith, one Lord, one baptism as we find in Scripture).

I would use this scripture in defining what the Gospel is:

“Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time” (1 Corinthians 15:1–6).


Mark 1 also has great Scripture on the matter:

14: Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, 15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.


So in as few words as possible: The Gospel of Christ is the good news or testimony of God's Kingdom coming and salvation possible for believers through Christ's sacrifice.

No. 2     Reply: Re: What is the Gospel?   
By:  Devaprakash   Gender: M   Age: 73   on  Oct 18, 2017 at 8:54 PM     
YoBro-MOTBOC wrote:

I am making a simple question that should have a simple answer. I hear many definition's from different aspects of individuals; their belief when explained to one that knows nothing of the scripture is really interesting.

If you will give your answer in as few words of explanation(s) with the scripture that goes along with what you believe it is to be would be appreciated.


You could say I am cheating on a document I am working on. My reasoning is because most of my study books are in storage until I find a place I can afford to live at. And I am not able to print anything to lay side by side for a qualified answer.


THANKS EVERYONE


Matthew 4
23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.

John 14: 26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.


The spoken words of Jesus form the Gospel. All our concepts should conform to what Jesus said. Then only we can say it is the leading of the Holy Spirit in our understanding. Anything that opposes that is a speculation!
No. 3     Reply: Re: What is the Gospel?   
By:  Tulip427   Gender: F   Age: 65   on  Oct 20, 2017 at 8:28 PM     
That is true. He also came to restore His Father from a gruesome and punishing God to a loving Father, We can see this in all His Parables. He wanted us and the Jews to see His Father as he was in the Beginning and not what the High priest and the Pharisees made Him.
No. 4     Reply: Re: Re: What is the Gospel?   
By:  Devaprakash   Gender: M   Age: 73   on  Oct 20, 2017 at 8:36 PM     
Tulip427 wrote:

That is true. He also came to restore His Father from a gruesome and punishing God to a loving Father, We can see this in all His Parables. He wanted us and the Jews to see His Father as he was in the Beginning and not what the High priest and the Pharisees made Him.
:thumb_up:
No. 5     Reply: Re: What is the Gospel?   
By:  YoBro-MOTBOC   Gender: M   Age: 63   on  Nov 7, 2017 at 1:11 PM     
YoBro-MOTBOC wrote:

I am making a simple question that should have a simple answer. I hear many definition's from different aspects of individuals; their belief when explained to one that knows nothing of the scripture is really interesting.

If you will give your answer in as few words of explanation(s) with the scripture that goes along with what you believe it is to be would be appreciated.


You could say I am cheating on a document I am working on. My reasoning is because most of my study books are in storage until I find a place I can afford to live at. And I am not able to print anything to lay side by side for a qualified answer.


THANKS EVERYONE


First I will present the various scriptures from the answers given to my original question.
WHAT IS THE GOSPEL


1 Corinthians 15:1-6
Matthew 4:23
John 14:16


First Known Use: around the 12th century !
Definition of gospel according to Merriam Webster Dictionary
1
a. often capitalized: the message concerning Christ, the kingdom of God, and salvation
b. capitalized :one of the first four New Testament books telling of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ; also :a similar apocryphal (see Apocrypha 2) book
c.: an interpretation of the Christian message
The social gospel
2 capitalized: a. lection (see lection 1) from one of the New Testament Gospels
3: the message or teachings of a religious teacher
4: something accepted or promoted as infallible (see infallible 1) truth or as a guiding principle or doctrine
Took her words as gospel
Spreading the gospel of conservation
5: gospel music
Although the word GOSPEL was introduced into the English language in the 15th century it is used in translation of Old Testament doctrine(s).

What follows are the few OT translated studies where the use of the 'word' not "WORD" gospel is used.
EXAMPLES
Psalm 47:1
1 The Prophet exhorteth all people to the worship of the true and everlasting God, commending the mercy of God toward the posterity of Jacob. 9 And after prophesieth of the kingdom of Christ in the time of the Gospel. [ To him that excelleth. A Psalm committed to the sons of Korah. ] All people clap your hands; sing loud unto God with a joyful voice.
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Book of Tehillim (Psalms):
47:1 O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph.
47:2 For the LORD most high is terrible; he is a great King over all the earth.
47:3 He shall subdue the people under us, and the nations under our feet.
47:4 He shall choose our inheritance for us, the excellency of Jacob whom he loved. Selah.
47:5 God is gone up with a shout, the LORD with the sound of a trumpet.
47:6 Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises.
47:7 For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding.
47:8 God reigneth over the heathen: God sitteth upon the throne of his holiness.
47:9 The princes of the people are gathered together, even the people of the God of Abraham: for the shields of the earth belong unto God: he is greatly exalted.
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Isaiah 11:1
1 Christ born of the root of Jesse. 2 His virtues and kingdom. 6 The fruits of the Gospel. 
10 The calling of the Gentiles. But there shall come a rod forth of the stock of Jesse, and a grass shall grow out of his roots.
The Book of Yeshayahu (Isaiah): Chapter 11:1-4
11:1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: 11:2 And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD; 11:3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: 11:4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth: with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.
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Isaiah 35:1
1 The great joy of them that believe in Christ. 3 Their office which preach the Gospel. 8 The fruits that follow thereof. The desert and the wilderness shall rejoice, and the waste ground shall be glad and flourish as the rose.
The Book of Yeshayahu (Isaiah): Chapter 35:1-9
35:1 The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.
35:2 It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the LORD, and the excellency of our God.
35:3 Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees.35:4 Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you.
35:5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
35:6 Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert.
35:7 And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes.
35:8 And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.
35:9 No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there: 35:10 And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
Isaiah 54:1
1 More of the Gentiles shall believe the Gospel than of the Jews. 7 God leaveth his for a time, to whom afterward he showeth mercy. Rejoice, O barren that didst not bear: break forth into joy and rejoice, thou that didst not travail with child; for the desolate hath more children than the married wife, saith the Lord.
The Book of Yeshayahu (Isaiah): Chapter 54:1-17
54:1 Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the LORD.
54:2 Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes; 54:3 For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.
54:4 Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more.
54:5 For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called.
54:6 For the LORD hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God.
54:7 For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee.
54:8 In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer.
54:9 For this is as the waters of Noah unto me: for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth; so have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee.
54:10 For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee.
54:11 O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colours, and lay thy foundations with sapphires.
54:12 And I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones.
54:13 And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children.
54:14 In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee.
54:15 Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake.
54:16 Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy.
54:17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.
Isaiah 60:1
3 The Gentiles shall come to the knowledge of the Gospel. 8 They shall come to the Church in abundance. 16 They shall have abundance though they suffer for a time. Arise, O Jerusalem; be bright, for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.
The Book of Yeshayahu (Isaiah): Chapter 60:1-3
60:1 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.
60:2 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.
60:3 And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.

Now with these OT teachings from the translated texts the conclusion should be that the combination of these several verses are collaborated to refer to the person of the GOSPEL/WORD/TRUTH of the CHRIST. Of whom the dictionary term “gospel” does not factor in the WORD or GOSPEL that JESUS Himself spoke of. Therefore if relying on those scriptures alone to not give meaning to my original question as I stated it according to what my true intent is. And that the simple question in itself falls short and therefore the answer(s) given are all true; yet lacking through no fault other than the question itself within the TOPIC.

As I look back to when I first posted my question I find that I fell short (of the TRUTH) in my question itself and therefore there is no "SIMPLE ANSWER" !! So if I may here reword my question and see what we come up with.
What is the gospel according to Jesus's teachings or yet what is the GOSPEL HE wants to be taught?
No. 6     Reply: Re: What is the Gospel?   
By:  Devaprakash   Gender: M   Age: 73   on  Nov 7, 2017 at 9:35 PM     
Jesus' words, His life and way constitute the Gospel.
No. 7     Reply: Re: Re: What is the Gospel?   
By:  YoBro-MOTBOC   Gender: M   Age: 63   on  Nov 21, 2017 at 11:46 AM     
Devaprakash wrote:

Jesus' words, His life and way constitute the Gospel.


BINGO ! !

Colossians 1: 18-20
19 For it pleased the Father, that in him should all fullness dwell.

20 And through peace made by that blood of that his cross, to reconcile to himself through him, through him, I say, all things, both which are in earth, and which are in heaven.

Key WORD(S) ALL...FULLNESS...PEACE..BLOOD..RECONCILE...ALL THINGS...WHICH ARE IN EARTH...AND...WHICH ARE IN HEAVEN

2 Corinthians 5: 18-20

18 And all things are of God, which hath reconciled us unto himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given unto us the ministry of reconciliation.

19 For God was in Christ, and reconciled the world to himself, not imputing their sins unto them, and hath committed to us the word of reconciliation.

20 Now then are we ambassadors for Christ: as though God did beseech you through us, we pray you in Christ’s stead, that ye be reconciled to God.

18 Again Key WORD(S) ALL THINGS ARE OF GOD....WHICH RECONCILED US UNTO HIMSELF...BY(THROUGH)CHRIST....AND HATH GIVEN TO US....MINISTRY OF RECONCILIATION

19 GOD WAS IN CHRIST...AND RECONCILED WORLD TO HIMSELF...COMMITTED TO US...THE WORD OF RECONCILIATION.

20 WE PRAY YOU "BE RECONCILED TO GOD"

Mark 16:15

15 And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature.

Key WORD(S) HE(JESUS) SAID...GO INTO ALL THE WORLD...PREACH...GOSPEL TO.. EVERY.....CREATURE.

No the chase is on. Compare these verses with other translations, you will find ALL CREATURES to be EQUAL to ALL FLESH just as the Genesis creation of ALL FLESH CREATURE.

But in my humble opinion is the repeating of RECONCILE.

rec•on•cile: verb, transitive + intransitive
¦re-kən-¦sî(-ə)l
rec•on•ciled; rec•on•cil•ing; rec•on•ciles
transitive verb
1
[transitive] a : to make consistent or congruous : harmonize ….When feelings and facts are in opposition, people will find—or invent—a way to reconcile them
b : to obtain agreement between (two financial records) by accounting for all outstanding items
2 a: [transitive] : to restore to friendship, compatibility, or harmony (2) [intransitive] : to be restored to friendship or harmony : to become reconciled
b [transitive] : adjust, settle 3
[transitive] : to cause to submit to or accept : to bring into acquiescence with 4
[transitive] a : to restore
b : to restore to sacred use especially by reconsecration


I suggest the use of: https://www.biblegateway.com/ and other sites such as Strong's etc
No. 8     Reply: Re: What is the Gospel?   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  Nov 21, 2017 at 9:32 PM     
Thanks for this thread YoBro!