Calvary Baptist Church of Waterbury, CT

Good News! - 2 Corinthians 5:21

Sep 4, 2022    Dr. Craig P. Scott

The Apostle Paul wrote, “Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.” – Romans 10:1
His desire even went beyond His own nation, it went out to all people. An example of this is when king Agrippa and Bernice came to Caesarea to greet the new governor, Felix. Paul was able to stand before the King Agrippa, Bernice and the Governor and share the good news of the gospel to him. In response to Paul’s testimony . . .
“Agrippa said unto Paul, ‘Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.’ And Paul said, ‘I would to God, that not only thou, but also all that hear me this day, were both almost, and altogether such as I am, except these bonds.’” – Acts 26:28-29. You can hear Paul’s desire to reach whoever he could for with the good news about Christ.
It is even God’s desire that all men receive the good news, for Scripture says,
“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” – 2 Pet. 3:9
In fact, that is what the term “gospel” means. It means good news. It comes from the Greek word, euangelion, which means "good message" or "good news. Heaven knows we need as much good news as we can get in these days.
To understand what the Bible’s means by good news, we must look at three items: 1) What is the bad news; 2) What is this good news; and finally, 3) in what ways can this good news change our lives.