The Gospel, Old Testament, and New Testament

People often wonder what is the difference between the Gospel, the Old Testament, and the New Testament.

The Old Testament prophesied of the Christ, so it tells us of the gospel, even while it teaches us about who is God, what has God done, what God wants from us and for us, and what God will do through the eyes of one tribe describing God’s interaction with that tribe.

Gospel means “good news.” The Gospels in the New Testament are the forst four books of the New Testament and tell us of the Christ, telling of His birth, but focusing upon the last three years of Christ’s life and his death, and contains the good news of His saving work.

The rest of the New Testament tells us about what God has done and how man should respond and live, what God wants from us and for us, and what God will do.

The gospel itself is the good news that God sent His Son to become human, live a sinless life, suffer an innocent’s and sacrificial death to pay for our sins, was buried and three days later was raised again (as prophesied in the old testament), was seen by over 500 eye witnesses. Those who repent and trust the saving work of God have eternal life if their lives demonstrate fruit and the belief and fruit last until the e!d, repentance continues until death.

1 Corinthians 15:1-11
1 Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, 2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. 3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6 After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep; 7 then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles; 8 and last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared to me also. 9 For I am the least of the apostles, and not fit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me. 11 Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.

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