Synoptic Gospels

Q. Can you Please Explain What the Synoptic Gospels Are?

A. GOSPEL [Greek ‘euaggelion’ meaning good news]

The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Dictionary furnishes the following information regarding the gospel:

“The message of Christianity, the message of salvation through Jesus Christ.  This ‘good news’ was revealed in embryo from the beginning (Gen. 3:15; 12:3), but was disclosed more fully by later Bible writers, especially by Isaiah, who is sometimes called the gospel prophet (see Is. 49; 60 to 62).  Jesus announced His ministry to the people of His own village of Nazareth in the words of Is. 61:1, 2 (Lk. 4:18, 19).  The ‘good news’ is described as ‘the gospel of Christ’ (Rom. 15:19; 2 Cor. 4:4; etc.), ‘the gospel of God’ (Rom. 1:1), and the ‘gospel of the grace of God’ (Acts 20:24).  It is called a ‘mystery’ (Eph. 6:19).  The phrase ‘the gospel of the kingdom’ (Mt. 9:35; Mk. 1:14, etc.) has reference primarily to the gospel of the ‘kingdom of heaven,’ or ‘kingdom of God’ (Mt. 12:28; 13:24, Mk. 1:15, Lk. 17:20, 21).  Christ commanded His followers to preach the gospel to ‘every creature’ (Mk. 16:15, 16; Mt. 28:19; Acts 1:8).  The preaching of the ‘gospel of the kingdom’ to all the world is given as a sign of Christ’s coming (Mt. 24:14).  In vision John saw an angel with the ‘everlasting gospel’ to preach to every ‘nation and tribe and tongue and people’ (Rev. 14:6, RSV).

The use of the term ‘gospel’ to refer to any of the first 4 books of the NT is extra-Biblical.  Some see a suggestion of such a use in Mk. 1:1.”

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