he word "gospel" is not a modern English word but quite an oldone. It was carried over from the Old English word
(meaning "goodnews") and preserved in the King James translation of the Bible. The Greek word
means "to announce
to declare, bring (show)glad tidings, or to preach the gospel." The Greek word
comesfrom the same root and means "a good message," or "thegospel."
is the Greek word translated "evangelist," and meansone who is a preacher of the gospel.So "gospel" means glad tidings, good news. But good news aboutwhat? Let's allow God to give us the answer, directly from His Word.Before Jesus' birth, an angel appeared in a dream to Joseph andsaid,
"Joseph, you son of David, fear not to take unto you Mary, your wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.
"And she shall bring forth a son and you shall call His name Jesus: for He shall save His people from their sins"
(Matthew 1:20, 21).In this first announcement to Joseph, there is emphasis on His savingwork; that He would be the Savior; to save people from (not "in") theirsins. No mention is made here of proclaiming a message to the people.