Various forms of the Greek word for gospel (euaggelion, “good news”) appear 101 times in the New Testament. The middle reference (50 before and 50 after) is in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4. This is the definition passage for the gospel. The central focus, of course, is the death, physical burial, and bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. This gospel is to be “received” and “believed” (vv. 1-2) by faith, once for all. It is the means by which we are saved continually and forever, and it is the fact upon which we firmly stand. This great message of the atoning work of Christ is emphatically to be defined, understood, and preached “according to the Scriptures” (v. 4).
Cite this article: Morris III, H. 2008. Creation, Conservation, and Consummation: Communicating the Full Gospel of Christ. Acts & Facts. 37 (8): 4.
I am always amazed and excited when I read things like this. The Bible is a compilation consisting of 66 individual books written by 40+ authors over a 1500 year time frame, unified by a single underlying theme running from Genesis to Revelation, validated through prophecy and in which no verifiable and irrefutable errors or contradictions have yet been found.
God is in control of everything and has miraculously orchestrated not only the writing of the original manuscripts, but also its transmission over the years and the canonization and compilation of what today we call the Bible.
I Cor 15: 1 ¶ Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
This passage in 1 Corinthians 15 is the most succinct and to the point definition of what the Gospel is about, and is, in God’s precision, centrally located in the New Testament. Amazing!
God laid the foundation, Jesus Christ. By faith alone we can enter into an eternal relationship with Jesus, the author of creation and our salvation.