What the Gospel message is, remains one of the most important yet basic questions of Christianity. This article will give you a clear answer without the clunky “Christianese” so that even non-Bible readers can understand.
The Gospel message is the good news of the coming of the Kingdom of God. This results in repenting of your sins, believing in Jesus as Lord and Savior, and loving others as yourself. The latter includes healing the sick, delivering the spiritually bound, and preaching the gospel to the world.
This might sound like the question is answered, but there is more to the story. Let’s unpack this below.
What is the main message of the Gospel?
The main message of the gospel as we see it taught and lived out by Jesus Christ in all four Gospels of the Bible consists of the proclamation of the coming kingdom of God. In detail this means 1) preaching the good news (salvation) to the world, 2) healing emotionally and physically hurt people, 3) proclaiming freedom to the spiritually bound, and 4) setting them free.
We can see this summarized in Luke 4:18 where Jesus announces His ministry that He built in the few years before dying on the cross.
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,Luke 4:18 NKJV
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;“
He modeled how to live out this good news and told all His followers to do the same just as He did.
So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”John 20:21 NKJV
Actually, Jesus said the ones who trust in Him would do even greater things than the things He did.
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.“John 14:12 NKJV
In the gospel of Matthew Jesus instructs His disciples to multiply His cause by teaching other people the same things Jesus taught them, hence making them followers of Christ also.
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
Mt 28:19-20 NKJV
Jesus tells them to preach the gospel everywhere to everyone, telling them about salvation, healing the sick, casting evil spirits out of people (sounds crazy, I know), and teaching others to do the same.
“And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”Mark 16:15-20 NKJV
Four different books in the New Testament tell the same story with the same four parts of the gospel message.
So, what do these four parts of the gospel mean for you and me?
Preach the good news to the world
Just in case “salvation” is one of those terms you have heard, but doesn’t actually have any meaning to you, let me explain it in a more understandable way.
As humans we all know of someone who has at least once lied, stolen, lusted, or even worse, committed murder. God forbid it is us.
We all know that “one ought not to do such things” because God gave us a conscience in our heart, which is basically His commandments, as in the 10 commandments. It is God giving us protective guidelines for a healthy life.
When we break those “guidelines” it forms a real barrier between us and God. The Bible calls this sin. Its repercussion is not just a potential conflict with the people around us, but eternal separation from God.
He created all human life to live with Him forever in harmony. Now, that our sin or disrespectful behavior, the Bible calls it falling short of the glory to God (Romans 3:23), has created this separation, we will never be able to overcome it by ourselves, nor will we ever be able to be with God through our own efforts – it doesn’t matter how much good we do in our lives.
Because God is a good judge, He doesn’t let ANYONE who violates his rules go unpunished.
We are now living our lives without God and after we die go to a place called hell, where there is eternal never-ending suffering. It’s the worst place imaginable, the total absence of a perfect and loving God.
Now, God is not an old man with a long beard, sitting on His throne in heaven, bored and disinterested in us. Thank God, He’s not like that!
He loves us so much that, as this holy and perfect God, He became human to live with us and show us a way out of our predicament. I am talking about Jesus – God in the flesh, fully human, but fully God. (John 1:1-13)
His plan was to build a bridge overcoming the separation from God and make a way where there seemed to be no way.
Jesus took all humanity’s punishments for their bad behavior upon himself. I mean, He took ALL misbehavior of EVERYONE. He took them upon himself and died the death we deserved for the crimes we committed before God.
Jesus died for you and me, He paid the price so that we can live a life with God and spend eternity with him without pain, tears, or suffering (Revelation 21:4).
As proof for His power and truthfulness, Jesus rose on the third day, showing everyone that He truly is the ONLY way, truth, and life that leads to God who wants to be your heavenly Father (John 14:6, 2 Corinthians 6:18, Psalm 103:13).
That in a nutshell is the good news of God’s salvation to the world.
All we have to do is accept this free gift of God by repenting, meaning being truly sorry to God for our sins and turning from them. Then let’s accept Jesus’ forgiveness and His work on the cross for us. Let’s enter into a relationship with Him and the Father in heaven. Make Him your Lord and Savior and invite Him into your life.
But don’t think this is it. Salvation is not the end, it is just the beginning!
Find out what things one could or should repent of in this extensive list I made for you in this article.
Let’s move on to the 3 other parts of the full gospel message.
Heal emotionally and physically hurt people
Wherever Jesus went, He would perform signs, wonders, and miracles (Matthew 4:23-25, 8:16-17, Mark 1:32-34, Luke 4:40-41). Every one of His services would have a message (sermon) taught in an unusual authority followed by a move of God in miracles confirming His message (Mark 1:21-28, Luke 4:31-37).
If you’d like an overview of Jesus’ miracles, follow this link where I made a comprehensive list of all the miracles put in order recorded in all four gospels.
There are several different kinds of miracles He performed. But three kinds of miracles would always happen when He was around and that He specifically instructs us to pray for as well. They are the healing of the physically sick, the healing of the broken-hearted, and the casting out of evil spirits (demons). (Luke 4:18, John 20:21, Mark 16:15-20, Matthew 28:19-20)
The gospel of Mark tells us how Jesus instructs His followers to do the same. He says we should “lay hands on the sick” (in prayer) “and they will recover.” (Mark 16:20)
You can see Jesus heal all kinds of diseases everywhere He went.
And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people. (…) and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them.Matthew 4:23-24 NKJV
But He not only healed the physically sick but also the emotionally wounded (Luke 7:36-50). This also includes, in my opinion, mentally disturbed people. (Mark 5:1-20)
“(…) immediately there met Him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, (…) And always, night and day, he was in the mountains and in the tombs, crying out and cutting himself with stones. (…) For He said to him, “Come out of the man, unclean spirit!” (…) Then they came to Jesus, and saw the one who had been demon-possessed and had the legion, sitting and clothed and in his right mind. (…)”Mark 5:1-20 NKJV
Isn’t this wonderful? Jesus is not just interested in our physical well-being but also cares about how we are really doing on the inside.
And He wants His followers to care just the same way! Jesus wants His followers to pray for the emotionally and physically sick so that they would be healed.
If you want to know how to heal a broken heart, I got just the right article for you here.
Proclaim freedom to the spiritually bound
Out of all the four parts of the full gospel message proclaiming the coming of the Kingdom of God, this part might be one of the most unheard of, yet very important.
We can see Jesus teach his close friends and followers how to bring about spiritual freedom in several instances in the gospels.
I guess nowadays in Christianity this is more known as “Spiritual Warfare” or “Deliverance Ministry”.
Jesus teaches his followers through leading by example, healing the sick, and casting out demons himself, as previously mentioned.
But He would also instruct them through His messages on how to do so. (Matthew 12:28, Luke 11:20, Mark 3:22-27 16:15-20, Matthew 10:5-10, Luke 9:1-6, 10:1-12)
In a way, this is kind of what I am doing here right now.
See, Jesus didn’t come to “only” save you from the consequence of sin. He died to facilitate an overall wholeness.
That was one of the main points in His messages. He wants people to be free from the bondage of Satan.
He wants people to be free from sin and all the other things that keep people bound. He doesn’t want people to keep suffering in their addictions, mental illnesses, emotional terror, and all other torments that Satan and his demons bombard us with.
In case you want to know if you are in spiritual warfare in general, I listed 7 signs that tell you if you are in this article.
Set free the spiritually oppressed
Jesus was a man of His word. He didn’t just “preach” about freedom and how to set people free. He actually did it. He talked the walk, and then walked the talk!
A well-known biblical example for this would be the “exorcism” or deliverance of the man with a legion of demons (Mark 5:1-20).
This in essence is deliverance ministry or spiritual warfare according to Jesus.
It’s a spiritual fight against spiritual demonic beings by standing in the power and authority of God to cast them out and manifest the Kingdom of God through a supernatural liberation or healing.
Wow, that’s a sentence.
In other words, following the example of Jesus, we can cast out evil spirits by the power of the Holy Spirit and in the authority of the name of Jesus Christ. That is manifesting the kingdom of God.
We see the disciples walk in the same things (Luke 10:17-20, Acts 8:5-8, 16:16-19).
So, if Jesus did it and instructed His followers to do the same, and if the disciples did it just like him, why then should we not do it also?
I myself wouldn’t be here now, writing this article, if there wouldn’t have been someone casting out of me evil spirits of rejection, bitterness, anger, and even cancer. Learn more about my story on my about page.
Maybe some food for thought…
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