Before we launch into an in depth study of the Book of Romans, I think it would be
most beneficial to try and clearly define just what the Gospel is. After all the study is
about the Gospel of Grace. A good enough place to start is Mark 1:1The beginning
of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. NASB
Gospel. In the Greek εὐαγγέλιον, Transliteration euaggelion, Pronunciation yü-än-
ge’-lē-on. Well I’m sure that helps someone, but what dose that mean in English. It
simply means good news or good tidings.
Thayer’s lexicon, a highly trusted and time tested source states,
1) a reward for good tidings. (Thayer’s first definition here is how the word was used
in antiquity, by authors such as Homer, Plato and also how it was used in the LXX
the Greek translation of the Hebrew Scriptures.)
2) good tidings. (How the word is actually used in the New Testament and which
verses it was specifically used.)
a) the glad tidings of the kingdom of God soon to be set up, and subsequently also
of Jesus the Messiah, the founder of this kingdom. After the death of Christ, the term
comprises also the preaching of (concerning) Jesus Christ as having suffered death
on the cross to procure eternal salvation for the men in the kingdom of God, but as
restored to life and exalted to the right hand of God in heaven, thence to return in
majesty to consummate the kingdom of God
b) the glad tidings of salvation through Christ
c) the proclamation of the grace of God manifest and pledged in Christ
d) the gospel
e) as the messianic rank of Jesus was proved by his words, his deeds, and his
death, the narrative of the sayings, deeds, and death of Jesus Christ came to be
called the gospel or glad tidings
During The Lord’s earthly ministry He traveled about proclaiming the Good News of
the Kingdom of God or Kingdom of Heaven. Both are interchangeable. In the Gospel
of Matthew, written by and for the Jewish believers, the word God was so revered
and is so revered today that my Messianic Rabbi friends write it thus, G-d because
the paper might wind up touching the floor or G-d forbid the trash. So it was only
culturally sensitive to proclaim the Kingdom of Heaven to them or simply the Gospel
of the Kingdom. Matthew 4:23, 9:35 and 24:14.
Mark has no qualms about it at all. He lets you know in verse 1. The gospel of Jesus
Christ, the Son of God. Then in verse 14. “Now after John had been taken into
custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God,”
The gospel of Jesus Christ Is the gospel of God that he preached. What was that
gospel He preached?
Peter’s Confession of Christ as recorded by Mark, his son in the faith.
8:27 Jesus went out, along with His disciples, to the villages of Caesarea Philippi;
and on the way He questioned His disciples, saying to them, “Who do people say
that I am?” 28 They told Him, saying, “John the Baptist; and others say Elijah; but
others, one of the prophets.” 29 And He continued by questioning them, “But who do
you say that I am?” Peter answered and said to Him, “You are the Christ.” 30 And
He warned them to tell no one about Him.
31 And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be
rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and be killed, and after
three days rise again. 32 And He was stating the matter plainly. And Peter took Him
aside and began to rebuke Him. 33 But turning around and seeing His disciples, He
rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind Me, Satan; for you are not setting your mind on
God’s interests, but man’s.”
34 And He summoned the crowd with His disciples, and said to them, “If anyone
wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow
Me. 35 For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for
My sake and the gospel’s will save it. 36 For what does it profit a man to gain the
whole world, and forfeit his soul? 37 For what will a man give in exchange for his
soul? 38 For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful
generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory
of His Father with the holy angels.” NASB.
See it is not what others say about Christ, it is not what the crowd thinks about
Christ, it’s not what your generation or culture says about Christ! It has always been
and will always remain to be who do you say that Christ is? We each must make a
choice. We are each confronted with this one essential question. Who do you say
that Jesus is? Do not be ashamed of Him or His words, for when He comes to set up
the Messianic Kingdom, the Kingdom where righteousness dwells and He rules the
nations with a rod of iron, then all will see Him as He is. We will be known even as
we are known. God has delivered all authority over to Him to judge the living and the
dead, so we are to be His hands and feet, the salt and light in the midst of this
perverse generation which we find ourselves in just as the first disciples.
I pray that this study has been and will be a blessing to all who read it, take up their
cross daily and follow Him.
May the God of my forefathers, the God of Abraham, Issac and Jakob be with you
all the days of your lives.