Hello dear friend in the Lord Jesus. In this thread we would like to look at what the scriptures teach is the gospel because the gospel is to be taken to all the world and is our great commission from God to be given to all mankind according to Jesus before the second coming *Matthew 24:14; Mark 13:10; Mark 16:15. In this study of the scriptures therefore what we want to answer is the question what exactly is the Gospel and would like to state that I believe that "the Gospel" is all scripture, all of God's Word because all of God's Word is good new to everyone who believes them! Of course the central theme of the scriptures point to Jesus, His coming, His life, His death on our behalf and His resurrection from death and His ministration before God on our behalf to save us from our sins. "All scripture" therefore is "the Gospel" (good new) of God's salvation from sin and reconciliation to God and is written for our admonition that we are to believe and follow as the only rule of faith. Let's start with the Greek and Hebrew meanings of "Gospel".
Q. WHAT IS THE MEANING OF "THE GOSPEL"?
Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew & Thayer Greek Definitions - G2098
Gospel εὐαγγέλιον euaggelion
a reward for good tidings
Hebrew (e.g. Isaiah 61:1)
Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon, Unabridged - H1319
Good tidings (Gospel) H1319. basar [בָּשַׂר]
verb bear tidings (√ rub smooth the face; compare Arabic remove the face of surface of a thing, compare Arabic be glad, joyful; he rejoiced him with the message of the birth of a son; Ethiopic bring a joyful message, so Assyrian bussuru (Pa.) DlPr 170, Sabean תבשר DHMMV, also בשר proper name, of deity, DHMZMG 1883, 358, CISiv. 1, 41, 1. 3) —
Pi`el Perfect בִּשַּׂר Jer 20:15 2t.; Imperfect תְּבַשֵּׂר 2Sam 18:20 4t.; אֲבַשְּׂרָה 18:19; Imperative בַּשְּׂרוּ 1Chr 16:23 = Psa 96:2; infinitive לְבַשֵּׂר 1Sam 31:9 2t.; Participle מְבַשֵּׂר Isa 41:27 6t.; feminine מְבַשֶּׂרֶת 40:9 (twice in verse); plural מְבַשְּׂרוֺת Psa 68:12; —
1. gladden with good tidings: birth of a son Jer 20:15; victory 1Sam 31:9; 2Sam 1:20; 1Chr 10:9; Psa 68:12; בעיניו כמבשׂר היה he was in his eyes as a bearer of good tidings 2Sam 4:10.
2. bear tidings 2Sam 18:19-20, (twice in verse); 18:26; even of evil 1Sam 4:17, and so with accusative טוב בשׂר 1Kin 1:42.
3. herald as glad tidings: the salvation of God, peach (chiefly exilic usage) the advent of ׳י in salvation Nahum 2:1; Isa 40:9 (twice in verse); 41:27; 52:7 (twice in verse); the praises of Yahweh 60:6; His righteousness in the great congregation Psa 40:10; His salvation daily 96:2 = 1Chr 16:23; the Messianic servant preaches good tidings to the meek Isa 61:1.
Hithpa`el Imperfect יִתְבַּשֵּׂר 2Sam 18:31 receive good tidings (so Kirkp. Klo; compare Arabic IV. X; otherwise AV).
A. The gospel simply means good news or a good message in the Greek and Hebrew. Note that the meaning of Gospel beside meaning good news there is a reward attached to this good news. Simply the Greek meaning of gospel is like receiving good news of a reward.
Q. WAS THE GOSPEL WAS PREACHED IN THE OLD TESTAMENT?
See Isaiah 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings (H1319) unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound
Jesus reads Isaiah 61:1 as he began His ministry translated as "Gospel" (G2098) in the Greek Luke 4:17-19 17, And there was delivered to him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach the gospel (G2098) to the poor; he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
Isaiah 40:8-10, The grass wither, the flower fades: but the word of our God shall stand for ever. O Zion, that bring good tidings (H1319), get you up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bring good tidings (H1319), lift up your voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say to the cities of Judah, Behold your God! Behold, the Lord GOD will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.
Isaiah 52:6-10 Therefore my people shall know my name: therefore they shall know in that day that I am he that does speak: behold, it is I. How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of him that brings good tidings (H1319), that publishes peace; that brings good tidings (H1319) of good, that publishes salvation; that said to Zion, Your God reigns! Your watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the LORD shall bring again Zion. Break forth into joy, sing together, you waste places of Jerusalem: for the LORD has comforted his people, he has redeemed Jerusalem. The LORD has made bore his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God. (compare; preaching Gods' salvation in the OT see Isaiah 60:6; 61:1; Psalms 40:10; 96:2; 1 Chronicles 16:23)
The gospel was preached before Christ to Gods' people in the wilderness (see Hebrews 3:8-19 to Hebrews 4:1-5) Hebrews 4:2, For to us was the gospel (G2098) preached, as well as to them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.