What Is “The Gospel”?


What Christians commonly call “the gospel” is usually thought of as being the story of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. Christians even say that there are four gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke and John – being four books providing four versions of the story of Jesus, written by four different authors and found at the start of the New Testament in The Bible. But the Gospel is not the story about Jesus. And there is only one Gospel. The information about Jesus cannot and never will be able to save a person’s soul. The Gospel is the reality of redemption found in the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus Himself redeems, not the historical account of what he did to bring about redemption. The living Christ – not the information – saves! All followers of Christ are called to proclaim the Gospel. That is, our lives must declare the redemption of Jesus the Christ. This can happen whether we are retelling the story about Jesus or not.


6 thoughts on “What Is “The Gospel”?

  1. Pingback: What Is “The Gospel”? | MJ WANT

  2. Jesus himself had to press this point too in his day… “You study the scriptures, thinking that by them you have life… yet you refuse to come to me to have life.” John 5:39-40

  3. Heather and I have read a great book on this subject that I’d recommend – about how the truth of the Gospel is not merely a ticket to the afterlife, but something that should effect every aspect of our lives forever. It is called “Because He Loves Me” by Elyse Fitzpatrick.

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