The gospel in the Bible is found not just in the gospels themselves (Mathew, Mark, Luke and John) though the four gospel accounts are a great place to start.
For instance, Mark begins his gospel account like this, “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God;” (Mark 1:1)
Mark makes the immediate assertion that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and wastes no time in declaring that most important statement.
Luke starts his account by writing, “Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us,” which we must understand that since the beginning there are two certainties which we must keep in mind: 1. there is the gospel and 2. there is another gospel which is no gospel at all.
Paul make this most clear in Galatians 1:8 where he writes, “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.”
Paul also warns us that the devil attacks the gospel, infiltrates the gospel, perverts the gospel, and blinds people from being able to see the glorious beauty of the gospel, “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” (2 Corinthians 4:3-4)
I hear that forgery experts in money can spot a phony bill not so much because they have studied phony bills, but they have such a keen eye to a real bill, and have so studied the real thing, that they can spot a fake a mile away! So must we be with our knowledge of God from His word that we can have discernment in such matters and not be led astray to follow another gospel.
So let’s take a look at the very verses that help expound to us the Gospel in the Bible itself.
Gospel in the Bible:
Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God, (Romans 1:1)
What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel. (1 Corinthians 9:18)
But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. (Galatians 1:11)
To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you. (Galatians 2:5)
Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; (Philippians 1:27)
For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. (Romans 5:6)
This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. (1 Timothy 1:15)
But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: (2 Corinthians 4:3)
New Testament summary of the gospel in the Bible: In 1 Corinthians 15 Paul writes for us a good summary of the gospel. Some major points will be highlighted in bold.
Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; (1 Corinthians 15:1)
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; (1 Corinthians 15:2-6)
The gospel in the Bible is most certainly good news, for if salvation could be obtained by works of the law then no man would be saved! Without the saving work of Christ the human race would be doomed because of our sin and original sin. For “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
The gospel is so simple, yet so profound, it is not limited to just the Bible verses here but I hope and pray this has given you new or a renewed understanding of the glorious gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
The good news of the gospel is also found in these two verses:
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)