It is called the Gospel of God (Rom. 1:1) because it is glad tidings of reconciliation with God. It is called the Gospel of Christ (Rom. 1:16) because Christ is its Subject, Author, and End. No Christ, no Gospel. The Anglo-Saxon expression “Gospel,” denotes God’s Spell or God’s Speech and thus signifies God’s Word spoken by God Himself.
1. The Provisions of the Gospel are for the needy. Hence it is said: “The poor have the Gospel preached unto them” (Matt. 11:5). For the hungry a feast of fat things is here provided (Is. 25:6) “without money and without price” (Is. 55:1). It is the freeness of the Gospel which makes it so very blessed.
2. The Promises of the Gospel are all in Christ – they are given in Him and fulfilled in Him (2 Cor. 1:20). They are exactly adapted to the necessities of those to whom they are addressed and these are clearly and unmistakably described as for example in the Beatitudes of Matthew 5.
3. The Precepts of the Gospel contain directions which when applied to our hearts and lives show to us the Lord’s Will as to our walk and so makes us see how far short we come. At the same time the power is that of enabling grace; so that the humble soul proves His biddings are enablings. If He bids us cast our burden upon the Lord, His bidding enables us to do it; and so with every precept applied.
4. The Power of the Gospel is that it brings salvation to everyone that believeth (Rom. 1:16), and therefore contains in it all things necessary to salvation. It is the “Joyful sound” (Ps. 89:15) communicating life, peace, preservation and security.
5. The Preaching of the Gospel is ordained as a testimony unto men and it is used by the Lord to bring His elect out of nature’s darkness into His marvelous Light (1 Pet. 2:9).