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Question 291:

What is the meaning of the word “gospel”? 

 

Answer:

This is a Greek word that is best translated as “good news.”  It is used in the opening verse of Mark’s gospel to refer to the good news brought by Jesus.  There is only one “Good News of Jesus Christ” and this is referred to as the Gospel.  This should not be thought of as a written text in Christian usage but rather as everything that Jesus was, said and did; Jesus is the Good News, he is not a conveyor or transmitter of the good news.  This is why the four gospels in the New Testament are always called “The Gospel according to Matthew, Mark, Luke or John.”  These New Testament gospels are divinely-inspired theological accounts of the life, actions and teaching of Jesus based on the earliest memorised and written deposits.

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