There is really only one Gospel: the good news about salvation through Isa Al-Masih!
The word “Gospel,” besides meaning “Good News” also refers to the first four books in the New Testament. They are often referred to as “The Gospel According to Matthew,” and so on. But a better title would be, “The Life of Jesus According to Matthew,” etc. These books are about the life of Jesus from the perspective of four different writers. The four Gospels give us four witnesses to the life of Jesus. And, of course, the four Gospels contain the “Gospel,” the “Good News.”
Why four witnesses? Throughout the Bible, God stressed that a truth must be confirmed by two or three witnesses (Taurat, Deuteronomy 19:15).
Four Witnesses of Isa Al-Masih’s Ministry
The Holy Spirit moved four witnesses to give to us a picture of Isa Al-Masih. Each of these men lived, worked and traveled with Isa while He was on earth. Because of their own personalities, Isa’s work affected them in different ways.
Imagine a house with a person on each side giving a description of it. The person at the front might say, “It has a large red door with a wide staircase.” The person looking at the right side might say, “There is a small gray door and three stairs.” The people on the other sides would describe something different. All four people describe the same house, but they give different descriptions. These descriptions are not mutually contradictory. They are just looking at the house from a different perspective. This is what the four writers of the Gospels did.
Each Gospel Written for a Different Audience
Each Apostle was inspired by God to write his Gospel to a different group of people. The Gospel of Matthew was written especially for Jews. Mark wrote his Gospel to the Romans. The Gospel of Luke was for the Greeks.
John wrote his Gospel to show that Isa Al-Masih is truly God who became man. The writers, all inspired by God, had different audiences and purposes in mind as they wrote. Therefore, God inspired them to emphasize different things about the person of Isa Al-Masih.
Differences, Not Contradictions
The small differences (not contradictions) in the Gospels give us a fuller picture of Isa Al-Masih. They supplement one another. A person can put these four books together and build a time line of Isa’s earthly ministry from beginning to end.
Some make the claim that the Gospels are not true. A Muslim should listen to what Muhammad said, “This is a true promise
which He has revealed in the Torah, (and) the Gospel…No one is more true to His promise than God” (Qs 9:111). Muhammad accepted the truth of the Gospel.
The Original Meaning of the Word “Gospel”
The word “Gospel” means “good news.” The Greek word is euangelion. Originally, the word was a greeting. It meant “good tidings.” Later, the word meant “the good news” itself that was being given. In the New Testament, eungelion is used for “the good news” of Isa Al-Masih.
You might ask, what is this “good news”? The apostle Paul described it to the Corinthians in this way: “I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said” (First Letter to the Corinthians 15:3-4, NLT).
The “Good News” is not good to people who do not receive it. But if a person accepts the fact that Christ died to save them from eternal punishment due to their sins, then that person would say that the Gospel is Good News! Dear reader, will you receive this Good News today?
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- Is it important to have more than one witness write a biography on the life of Jesus? Why or why not?
- What is the “Gospel”? Do you feel it is important? Why or why not?
- Do you feel each writer of the Gospels give a full picture of Isa? Why or why not?
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