The first definition in the Bible of the term “gospel” is found in Mark 1:14-15.
Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.
As explained on the “Definition of a Definition” page of this site, the third component of a definition consists of an explanation of the term to be defined. This third component, which we will call the “explanation,” is the heart and soul of the definition.
|Mark 1:14-15||“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.”|
|Romans 1:16||“the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”|
|Revelation 14:6-7||“Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.”|
At first glance, the three gospel explanations in the Bible do not seem to agree with each other. However, if this were really the case, then they would not have all been given by the Godhead, for “there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one” (1 John 5:7). Obviously the three definitions came from the Godhead – Jesus preached the first, Paul got the second from Jesus (Galatians 1:8, 12), and a Messenger from heaven gave the third ever-was-ever-will-be definition. Thus, the three definitions must fundamentally agree.
But what, specifically, do more than one of the explanations undoubtedly agree upon? Asking this is the same as asking, “What are the definition-established fundamentals of the significance of the term gospel?” Only the testimony of two or three witnesses can establish truth (Deuteronomy 19:15, 2 Corinthians 13:1).
Here is the answer:
Excepting support words like is, for, the, to, etc…
All three gospel explanations have in common only the word “God.”
The first two explanations further agree on the word “believe.”
No other words are held in common by more than one gospel explanation. All other words in the three gospel explanations are merely conceptual blossoms of truth surrounding the two fundamentals – “God” and “believe”!
Thus, without the slightest touch of personal interpretation, and relying only on a Bible-based, multiple-witnesses principle to establish truth, we come to know with certainty that the heart and soul of the Savior’s message is and was and will be…
“This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.” John 6:29.
“Fear not: believe only” Luke 8:50.
“While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light.” John 12:36.
What do the statements “God” and “believe” in that order mean? We will soon see that eternity is not long enough to fully answer this. The gospel is everlastingly deep. Praise God!