And Now The Good News
The English word Gospel originated from the old Anglo-Saxon and Germanic word godspell which meant "a narrative describing good events." Gospel is used to translate the original Greek word of the New Testament, pronounced yoo-ang-el-ee-on (from which comes the English word evangelist) which meant a good message, or good news. In The Bible, the Gospel was always used in reference to the coming Kingdom of God:
"And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their Synagogues and preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom" (Matthew 9:35 RSV)
"And this Gospel of the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, as a testimony to all nations; and then the end will come." (Matthew 24:14 RSV)
The Good News To All Humanity
Jesus Christ didn't come to die for the world, and then leave it behind. He's coming back (see The Return Of Jesus Christ) to establish God's Kingdom on earth (Micah 4:1-5) that will be progressively inhabited (see Resurrections) by actual spirit-born members of His Kingdom:
"Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the Kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit." (John 3:5-6 RSV)
"For this we declare to you by the word of The Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of The Lord, shall not precede those who have fallen asleep.For The Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the archangel's call, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first; then we who are alive, who are left, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air." (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17 RSV).
"This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he who shares in the first resurrection! Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and they shall reign with Him a thousand years." (Revelation 20:5-6 RSV)
"The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended." (Revelation 20:5 RSV)
"And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide himself any more, but your eyes shall see your Teacher. And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, "This is the way, walk in it," when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left." (Isaiah 30:20-21 RSV)
"And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband; and I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Behold, the dwelling of God is with men. He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be with them; He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away." (Revelation 21:2-4 RSV)
God Says "You Can Do It"!
God's gift of salvation (think of it as a graduation gift) is open to everyone, everywhere, who truly repents and obeys Him. God wants everyone to choose life, eternal life, for themselves, because the power to be saved is ultimately in our own hands, by the choice that we make for ourselves:
"But the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can do it ... I call heaven and earth to witness [see Bind and Loose] against you this day, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse; therefore choose life" (Deuteronomy 30:14,19 RSV)
"As I live, says the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live" (Ezekiel 33:11 RSV)
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him [to understand what "believes in Him" truly means, see Believers] should not perish but have eternal life. For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him" (John 3:16-17 RSV)
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