- Gospel in the Gospels - introduction and some thoughts to consider
- Gospel in Matthew - verses related to the term gospel in Matthew
- Gospel in Mark - verses related to the term gospel in Mark
- Gospel in Luke - verses related to the term gospel in Luke
- Gospel in John - verses in John that that make similar points
- Gospel in the Gospels - Summary
If we could ask Matthew, "what is the gospel, what good news do you have to share?" How would he respond?
I'll mostly just copy a bunch of scripture with the hope it will become clear. (All references NIV)
We see Jesus proclaimed the gospel (good news) of the kingdom of God as he traveled throughout Galilee:
4:23 Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.
9:35 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.
11:5 The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor.
Matthew talks about the gospel being preaching throughout the world:
24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.We should then ask Matthew what this good news of the kingdom of God is.
26:13 Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”
Note: Kingdom of Heaven = Kingdom of God
In Hebrew during the days of Jesus, they did not speak the name of God. So in the book of Matthew we see the Hebrew that Jesus would have spoke translated "kingdom of Heaven". Mark and Luke used the Greek which translates "kingdom of God".
In our modern world we don't often talk in terms of kingdoms. We may imagine castles and knights when we think about kingdoms. It may be helpful to substitute the word kingdom with words like reign, rule, authority, or dominion.
Does Matthew have more to say on the topic of the reign, rule, authority of God and Jesus?
Matthew starts off with a geneology... what is the significance of that? To link Jesus to royalty, prove his title as Messiah (anointed king) son of David.
Then we have the magi, coming looking for the king of the Jews.
Then John the Baptist and the theme of God's kingdom:
3:1 In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”Then we see Jesus continuing with the same message John preached:
4:17 From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”
12:28 But if it is by the Spirit of God that I drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.Then later Jesus' disciples were sent out to other towns preaching the same good news message:
10:7 As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’
The kingdom of heaven/God seems to be Jesus' favorite topic:
5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
5:10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
5:20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.
7:21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
18:3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
19:23 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven.
6:10 your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
6:33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
13:24 Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field...Lord, Son of David
13:31 He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field...
13:33 He told them still another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.”...
13:44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field."...
13:45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls"...
13:47 “Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish.
18:23 “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants.
22:2 “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son...
(I think 'Lord' = 'King'. Son of David shows royal heritage, and fulfills messianic prophecy)
20:30 Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was going by, they shouted, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”
21:9 The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
There are more verses we could look at, but this should be enough.
Do you notice how Matthew uses the term gospel?
Does Matthew point out the gospel message that Jesus and His disciples preached?
When Matthew talks about sharing the gospel with the whole world, where should we look to understand the good news message that Matthew was referring to?