Lesson 3 The Gospel God’s Extremely Good News For Us
A. The Great Truth Of The Gospel And Its Primary Meaning 福音的伟大真理及其根本意义
In His Word, God has revealed the two great truths of His law and gospel. The gospel is a truth that contains very good news for people. God’s gospel sends a specially beautiful, loving, generous and pleasing message to us.
The word “gospel” is a combination of two old English words “good” and “spell” that mean “good news.”
The primary word that is translated “gospel” in the Bible is the New Testament Greek word “euangelion.”
Most of the time, God uses the word “gospel” in a specific, primary sense to refer to “God’s loving work to save people from sins and give them eternal salvation and all its blessings through the redeeming work of Jesus Christ.”
When we speak about God’s teachings of law and gospel, we are using this specific, primary definition of the gospel.
B. The Revelation Of The Gospel 福音的启示
God has revealed the good news of His saving love in Jesus Christ only in His Word.
“Now to Him who is able to establish you by my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all nations might believe and obey Him.” （Romans 16:25-26）
惟有 神能照我所传的福音和所讲的耶稣基督，并照永古隐藏不言的奥秘，坚固你们的心。这奥秘如今显明出来，而且按着永生 神的命，藉众先知的书指示万国的民，使他们信服真道。（罗马书 16:25-26）
“From infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.” （2 Timothy 3:15）
C. The Messages Of The Gospel 福音信息
In the gospel, God reveals His great giving and saving love for people.
He tells them He loves them and desires their salvation.
“The Lord appeared to us in the past saying: ‘I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving kindness.‘” （Jeremiah 31:3）
”This is good and pleases God our Savior who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.“ （1 Timothy 2:3-4）
这是好的，在 神我们救主面前可蒙悦纳。他愿意万人得救，明白真道。（提摩太前书 2:3-4）
He announces that His love has moved Him to send His Son Jesus Christ to save people and give them eternal life.
”This is how God showed His love among us. He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him.“ （1 John 4:9）
神差他独生子到世间来，使我们藉着他得生， 神爱我们的心在此就显明了。（约翰壹书 4:9）
He declares that Jesus Christ has done everything that He requires and has paid everything that sinners owe to save all people.
”But now He has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of Himself. （Hebrews 9:26b）
“By that will we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” （Hebrews 10:10）
He assures people that He forgives all their sins because of what Jesus Christ has done for them.
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that He lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. （Ephesians 1:7）
我们藉这爱子的血，得蒙救赎，过犯得以赦免，乃是照他丰富的恩典。这恩典是 神用诸般智慧聪明，充充足足赏给我们的（以弗所书 1:7-8）
“The blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, purifies us from all sin.” （1 John 1:7b）
He announces that He grants sinners salvation freely out of His mercy.
“But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy.” （Titus 3:4-5）
但到了 神我们救主的恩慈和他向人所施的慈爱显明的时候，他便救了我们，并不是因我们自己所行的义，乃是照他的怜悯。（提多书 3:4-5）
He declares that He freely gives His blessings to them.
“To the praise of His glorious grace, which He freely gives us in the One He loves.” （Ephesians 1:6）
“Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits – who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things … The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love…… He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.” （Psalm 103:2b-5a, 8, 10）
我的心哪！你要称颂耶和华，不可忘记他的一切恩惠。他赦免你的一切罪孽，医治你的一切疾病。他救赎你的命脱离死亡，以仁爱和慈悲为你的冠冕。他用美物，使你所愿的得以知足…… 耶和华有怜悯，有恩典，不轻易发怒，且有丰盛的慈爱…… 他没有按我们的罪过待我们，也没有照我们的罪孽报应我们。（诗篇103:2b-5a, 8, 10）
D. The Forms Of The Gospel 福音的形式
God uses a variety of forms to deliver the true, love-filled message of the gospel:
God makes announcements.
“But the angel said to them, ”Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you, He is Christ the Lord.“ （Luke 2:10-11）
God makes promises.
“I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life.” （John 6:47）
God extends invitations.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” （Matthew 11:28）
God makes urgent pleas.
“Why will you die, O house of Israel? For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent and live!” （Ezekiel 18:31b-32）以色列家啊！你们何必死亡呢？主耶和华说：我不喜悦那死人之死，所以你们当回头而存活。“（以西结书 18:31b-32）
God speaks comforting messages
”Comfort, comfort, my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.“ （Isaiah 40:1-2）
你们的 神说：”你们要安慰，安慰我的百姓。要对耶路撒冷说安慰的话，又向他宣告说，他争战的日子已满了，他的罪孽赦免了，他为自己的一切罪，从耶和华手中加倍受罚。“ （以赛亚书 40:1-2）
God offers encouragements.
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” （Hebrews 12:2-3）
仰望为我们信心创始成终的耶稣（或作“仰望那将真道创始成终的耶稣”），他因那摆在前面的喜乐，就轻看羞辱，忍受了十字架的苦难，便坐在 神宝座的右边。那忍受罪人这样顶撞的，你们要思想，免得疲倦灰心。（希伯来书 12:2-3）
E. The Purposes Of The Gospel 福音的目的
As a gift of His lavish love, God has given the gospel for a number of important reasons:
God gives the gospel to bring people to saving faith in Jesus Christ.
“If you confess with your mouth, ”Jesus is Lord,“ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved… Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.” （Romans 10:9, 17）
你若口里认耶稣为主，心里信 神叫他从死里复活，就必得救。 . . 可见信道是从听道来的，听道是从基督的话来的。（罗马书 10:9, 17）
God gives the gospel to make contrite sinners confident of salvation and eternal life.
“God chose you to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth. He called you to this through our gospel.” （2 Thessalonians 2:13b-14a）
“And this is the testimony that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.” （1 John 5:11-13）
这见证就是 神赐给我们永生，这永生也是在他儿子里面。人有了 神的儿子就有生命；没有 神的儿子就没有生命。我将这些话写给你们信奉 神儿子之名的人，要叫你们知道自己有永生。（约翰壹书 5:11-13）
God gives the gospel to give Christians the spiritual desire and strength to live a life of obedience to His law.
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” （Galatians 2:20）
我已经与基督同钉十字架，现在活着的，不再是我，乃是基督在我里面活着；并且我如今在肉身活着，是因信 神的儿子而活，他是爱我，为我舍己。（加拉太书 2:20）
“It is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose.” （Philippians 2:13）
“We love because He first loved us.” （1 John 4:19）
我们爱，因为 神先爱我们。（约翰壹书 4:19）
F. Sinful Efforts To Interfere With God’s Purposes In The Gospel 人类的罪恶努力抵挡神实现福音的目的
All people, by nature, are spiritually dead to God and are unable to understand and accept the gospel and are opposed to it.
“As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins.” （Ephesians 2:1）
“The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.” （1 Corinthians 2:14）
然而，属血气的人不领会 神圣灵的事，反倒以为愚拙，并且不能知道；因为这些事惟有属灵的人才能看透。（哥林多前书 2:14）
“For, as I have often told you before and now say again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ.” （Philippians 3:18）
In their opposition to God and His gospel, the sinful natures of people lead them to oppose the gospel in such ways as:
a. Rejecting the gospel as an unimpressive, repulsive and foolish message.
“Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles.” （1 Corinthians 1:22-23）
b. Adding law conditions to the gospel.
“Since you died with Christ to the basic principles of the world, why, as though you still belonged to it, do you submit to its rules: ”Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch! These are all destined to perish with use, because they are based on human commands and teachings.“ （Colossians 2:20-22）
c. Rejecting and attacking the Bible’s teaching about the person and work of Jesus Christ.
”They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them – bringing swift destruction on themselves.“ （2 Peter 2:1b）
”Every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.“ （1 John 4:3）
凡灵不认耶稣，就不是出于 神，这是那敌基督者的灵。你们从前听见他要来，现在已经在世上了。（约翰一书 4:3）
d. Inventing and promoting false gospels.
”I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel – which is really no gospel at all.“ （Galatians 1:6-7a）
e. Asserting that the gospel is divine permission to continue in sin.
”They are godless men who change the grace of God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.“ （Jude 4）
I. Review The Lesson 本课回顾
1. Fill the blank 填空
We call the gospel, God’s extremely ——– news for us because its message is beautiful, loving, generous, and ————– to us.
The English word ”gospel“ comes from two old English words that mean ”——– ——–.“
英语”福音“一词来自两个古英语：”——– “和”——– “.
The specific, primary meaning of God’s gospel is ”God’s loving work to save people from their ——– and to give them eternal ————– and all its blessings through Jesus Christ.“
God has revealed and recorded the gospel for us only in the ———–.
In the gospel, God tells us that He ———– us and has sent Jesus Christ to do ————— necessary to save us.
In the Gospel God assures us that He ————– all our sins and gives us His blessings ————– through the saving work of Christ.
God delivers the message of the gospel to us in the forms of announcements, ————–, invitations, and urgent pleas. He also speaks comforting and encouraging ————– to us.
God gives us the gospel so that He can create and strengthen saving ———— in Christ in our hearts and make contrite ————— confident of their —————-.
God give us the gospel also so that he can give believers the desire and ———– they need to live a life of ————- to His law.
God seeks to overcome the natural ————— to His gospel that comes from the sinful hearts of people.
2. Analyze These Scripture Verses 经文分析
Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this? （John 11:25-26）
耶稣对她说：”复活在我，生命也在我，信我的人，虽然死了，也必复活。凡活着信我的人，必永远不死。你信这话吗？“ （约翰福音 11:25-26）
What forms does God uses to present the gospel in these verses?
What purpose（s） does God want to accomplish through the gospel in these verses?
最后更新于 2014年2月22日 星期六 11:39