What is the gospel message that Jesus Christ and the New Testament Church preached? What does the Bible say about the gospel?
When Jesus began His earthly ministry, He preached “the gospel of the kingdom” (Matthew 4:23; Mark 1:14). The word “gospel” is derived from the Greek word euangelion, which means “good news.” So Jesus was preaching “good news” about the coming Kingdom of God.
Many names, one gospel
Jesus’ message is also called “the gospel of Jesus Christ” (Mark 1:1), “the gospel of the grace of God” (Acts 20:24), “the gospel of God” (Romans 1:1), “the glorious gospel” (2 Corinthians 4:4, King James Version), “the gospel of your salvation” (Ephesians 1:13) and “the gospel of peace” (Ephesians 6:15). While there is only one true gospel, each of these descriptions focuses on a different aspect of the same message.
Old Testament prophets had spoken of the Kingdom of God while under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:21). Many of them had described the universal peace and abundant prosperity that would accompany this Kingdom. When Jesus came to earth, He gave this teaching even greater prominence. Indeed, it was the central core of His instruction.
Command to believe the gospel of the Kingdom
The gospel, or good news, of the Kingdom is the message that Jesus urges us to believe today. Since He is the only Being through whom we may receive salvation (Acts 4:12), we must heed His instruction to “repent, and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1:15).
The gospel of the Kingdom is indeed glorious news that can give us peace of mind and salvation. Yet these wonderful gifts do not come if we do not repent of our sins. For more information about this Kingdom and what you need to do to be in it, be sure to read the articles in this section and our free booklet The Mystery of the Kingdom.