“Gospel” is one of those words found in the New Testament that people sometimes don’t realize is actually an Old Testament word. The term “gospel” means “good news,” and that’s how it’s usually translated in the Old Testament…and sometimes in the New Testament.
That the concept of gospel or good news is found in the Old Testament can be quickly recognized by these two New Testament passages:
Galatians 3:8 The Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “ALL THE NATIONS WILL BE BLESSED IN YOU.” [quoting Genesis 12:3]
Hebrews 4:2 For indeed we have had good news preached to us, just as they also; but the word they heard did not profit them, because it was not united by faith in those who heard. [alluding to the deliverance from Egypt and inheritance of the promised land]
Therefore, recognize that when New Testament writers use the term “gospel” or “good news” they are using a term first used by the prophets, and normally translated as “good news,” “glad tidings,” or “good tidings” in the NASB Old Testament.
The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.
Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)