The word gospel means, simply, good news. In Christianity, the gospel is Jesus’s life, death, and resurrection which makes it possible for us to be reconciled to God and restored to wholeness. It is the promise of death’s defeat and resurrection. When we cry out “This isn’t the way it’s supposed to be!” it is the hope that it isn’t and that, one day, all things will be restored. It is the anticipation of God’s dwelling being with people and the removal of death, tears, mourning, and pain. That’s the good news – the gospel.
Most people think of the gospel as a noun. It is a thing. You hear about it. You receive it. You believe it. You share it. The gospel is something you can hold on to, put in your pocket for another day, or give away much like bacon (why you would put bacon in your pocket OR give it away is a mystery, but I digress…).
But in 1 Corinthians 15:1 Paul makes a very interesting statement. In our English translations it doesn’t seem so interesting. The NIV translation simply says, “I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you…” Nothing interesting there, but the Greek is quite different. The literal Greek translation of this phrase is, “I want to remind you of the gospel I gospelled.” [Read more…]