• Bishop Keith Butler

The Gospel

Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. (Galatians 3:7-8)

If you had to define the Gospel in one sentence, could you do it? I've preached on every continent, and when I've asked people in various nations, "What is the Gospel?” I get lots of different answers. Some say, “It’s the good news.” Others reply, “The Gospel is that Jesus died for us.” The Gospel is definitely good news, and it includes that Jesus died for us, but Galatians 3:7-8 tells us precisely how God defines it.

The Greek word for heathen in Galatians 3:8 is ethnos. It’s the word from which we derive ethnicity. A heathen was anyone who was not a Jew and therefore was without a covenant with God. Under the Old Covenant, it was unthinkable that God would have a relationship with the heathen, but He had a plan to justify them. To justify means to make righteous or holy.

God’s plan to justify the heathen began when God Himself preached the Gospel to Abraham. Here’s the Gospel according to God: In thee shall all nations be blessed. The word nations is also ethnos in Greek. In other words, every ethnic group in the world would be blessed because of the seed of Abraham – Jesus!

Practical Application – Jesus came for every person from every background and nation. He is not merely Lord of Europeans or Americans or Africans. Jesus is Lord of all. The Gospel is that through Abraham's seed, Jesus, every nation and people group, is blessed.

Genesis 22:18; Genesis 26:4



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