What is the Everlasting Gospel?
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- Christian Evidences
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- Dr Eliezer Gonzalez
- New Testament
Jan 12, 2015 6419
Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth—to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people – Rev 14:6, NKJV
The “everlasting gospel” is not a new gospel. It is not an augmented gospel. It is not the gospel in a new context so that the message is changed in any way. It is not the gospel explained in a different way.
Revelation 14:6 is essentially a restatement of the great gospel commission given by Christ in Matthew 24:14:
And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come. – Matthew 24:14
The Everlasting Gospel Preached to Every Nation
The “everlasting gospel” is the gospel that is to be preached to “every nation, tribe, tongue, and people” (Rev 14:6). This is simply an expansion of the gospel being preached “in all the world… to all the nations” from the words of Christ in Matt 24:14.
It is right to see that in Revelation 14, the gospel is preached in the context of an end-time message. But that is nothing new. Christ commissioned his apostles to preach it in just such a context in the first century. He told them to preach the gospel… “and then the end will come” (Matt 24:14). In Revelation 14, the gospel is presented in the context of the apocalyptic prophecies of the book of Revelation, but that in no way alters the message of the gospel.
It is also right to see that in Rev 14:6, the “gospel” is presented in the context of a message of judgement (see v.7). However, this was also the case when the commission was first given by Christ to his first followers to preach the gospel. It is implicit in the version of the Great Commission found in Matt 24:14 quoted above, and explicit in the version in the gospel of Mark:
And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. – Mark 16:15–16, NKJV
The writers of the New Testament are at pains to point out that the gospel that must be preached is the same identical gospel as preached by Christ and the apostles:
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures – 1 Cor 15:3
There it is – Scripture’s own definition of the gospel! The gospel is that “which you heard from the beginning” (1 John 2:24). This special message cannot be changed, redefined or added to. Note how strongly Paul makes this point in Galatians 1:8–9, where he says that it cannot be altered even by divine revelation (‘an angel from heaven”).
The everlasting gospel was first announced by the apostles on the basis of the cross and resurrection of Christ, and it remains until the end of the world, for it is the means by which God has chosen to save sinners.
The Everlasting Gospel Needs No Fine-Tuning
There are no adjustments, no fine-tuning – the everlasting gospel is it – the good news for every sinner in every circumstance, and for all time.
We can restate it but never redefine it, we can magnify it but never augment it, we can reclaim it but never claim to own it – that’s the everlasting gospel! And we must always confess that we are the ones who need it most.