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New king James is the true word and we read the old king James to come to understanding with the new.
Ethan Huffman: I'm confused over what exactly you are saying by your comment. Are you suggesting that the New King James Version is the only translation of the Bible to contain the true message of the gospel? Or are you simply endorsing it as the most accurate English translation? Or am I far afield of what you are saying? Please clarify what you mean. Thanks in advance.
The answer given by Mr. Houdmann, as far as I can tell is both accurate and complete. As with many words the Greek word for "gospel" is used in more than one context. To use it in another context sometimes confuses people. For example, it is found in Hebrews 4:2 "For indeed we have had the good news preached to us, just as they also..." But thinking in terms of the gospel of Jesus Christ, that's not true. It was good news, sufficient to lead people to believe, but it was not "good news" in precisely the same sense that the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ was.
A larger narrative of Jesus' entire life from beginning to end is often call a "Gospel", as a title of a NT letter like Luke's gospel or Mark's gospel (Mark 1:1). If we say that a recitation of the gospel according to 1 Corinthians 15 is insufficient or "not the whole gospel", we are in danger of adding to the Gospel of Christ.
In this vein, terms like "full gospel" imply that the gospel of Jesus' death, burial and resurrection for our sins as declared by Paul in 1 Corinthians 15 is not enough.
The gospel is Jesus life, death, and resurrection and it is by faith that we are justified sinners. Salvation is a free gift of eternal life by faith in Christ alone with nothing from us, (our works) so no one can boast.
We can add nothing to grace for salvation. Galatians 1;8-9 There is no changing your life, or habits, or baptism, or committing yourself to the Lord, or making Jesus Lord of your life, or any other thing. It is by grace alone with no works.
We are counted righteous before God by faith alone. Romans 4:5
We have eternal life by faith and our sins can no more be imputed to us. John 6:37-40. It is the simplicity of the gospel to all who believe. It is by faith alone.
That is the good news of the gospel. Ephesians 2:8-9 is the free gift of God for salvation by grace. The word for repentance in the bible for salvation is metanoia which means to change your mind and believe the gospel of grace for salvation.
The true gospel is the person of Jesus Christ. Cover to cover, the bible is the story of him. The most important decision you will ever make is to begin a relationship with Him.
The "true gospel" (or "good news") is the one that Jesus brought with him, and that is the "good news" (the "gospel") of "the coming Kingdom of God". This gospel is even embedded in the "Lord's Prayer" (the one He taught how we should pray).