Yesterday we talked about the word evangelism. Along the same line is the word “Gospel.”
Consider that the word “evangelism” is, in the Greek “euangelos” and the word Gospel is “euangelion.” Very similar, right? They come from the same root word (the words meaning “good” and “message”) but the ending of the word (“os” vs “ion”) changes the meaning slightly. In this case, this word isn’t talking about the life of taking the message (that’s the word “evangelism”), this word is talking about the message itself.
The Gospel is what we take to the world. It is what we as “angels” (messengers) present to the lost world. It’s not our opinions, it’s not our presumptions, it’s not the teachings of wise old men. We deliver THE GOSPEL: THE Good Message. And sometimes that means telling people the BAD news first…
Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:
Then, after you give them the bad news, you give them the Gospel: “GOOD NEWS, repent and be baptized and you will be saved from having to go to Hell!”
Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.
Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
You have the Gospel, Christian. Have you told someone the good news today?