The Bible has been summed up into one verse, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”This is a key verse, but does it capture the full gospel message?
To answer that question we need to look at the word, gospel. It is important to say that, the Greek word "
" (euaggellion), translated "gospel," means good tidings, good news, a good message. The Bible speaks of it as "the gospel of God," "the gospel of Christ," "the gospel of the kingdom," and frequently just "the gospel.” But what is this good message?
To fully understand the profound that message of John 3:16, we have to start at the beginning. In the beginning God created everything from nothing (Genesis 1 and 2). Everything was perfectly done and harmonized. There was no sin! All
was celebrating perfect life together. Everything related to each other in a perfect way.
When sin entered in the world, this harmony has broken, the
happend! The perfect relationships between God, humans, animals, and the rest of the creation were damage. The first humans beings disobey the Creator (Genesis 3:6-7) bringing tension and discord among themselves throughout generations. Even death became a reality (Genesis 3:19).
A need for a redeemer was greater than ever. After the fall, people could no longer redeem or save themselves. It was announced in the Person of Jesus Christ, God Himself would come to renew the world and restore His creation (Genesis 3:15; Ephesians 1:7; Galatians 3:13). The
And, the story does not end like that, the Creator promised to restore and harmonized everything again (Job 19:25-26). This
will happened when He comes again to judge the living and the dead.
Meanwhile, Developing Our World and its partners will be sharing this story with more people, so they could be reconciled (2 Corinthians 5:18-21) and restored with God, themselves, others and with the rest of the creation again.