Friday, February 3, 2012

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is not the Bad News

The word gospel is an interesting word. According to Strong's Greek Dictionary the word is euaggelizō. It is from two Greek words eu  which means "good" and aggelos which means message or messenger. It is where we get the word evangelist (euaggelistēs), a preacher of the good news. Only in two places is the word evangelist used, in Acts 21:8 which mentions "Philip the evangelist," and in 2nd Timothy 4:5 which is talking about Timothy. The second part of the word "aggelos" is also where we get the word angel. In Galatians 4:4 the Galatian church, Paul said, received him "as an angel of God."  When I hear of preachers whose preaching causes people to quit church and/or likens those who do quit to garbage, it makes me wonder what news they were preaching, the good news or the bad? The gospel of Jesus Christ is after all, the good news that we may be saved. Repentance is not bad news. In Acts 11:8 the elders at Jerusalem said that God had granted repentance to the Gentiles too. I think that the Gentiles were pretty happy to hear that news. I'm glad that the gospel of the Lord Jesus is good news, not bad.

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