THE GOSPEL AND THE COVENANTS

The Gospel is related to the New Covenant and the ultimate fulfillment of all the covenants of God. The Gospel emerges in the book of Isaiah 40:1-11. This text brings comfort to Israel and “Good News” that the glory of the Lord is about to be revealed. A voice crying in the wilderness will call to prepare the way of the Lord. The Lord God will come, and like a shepherd, tend His flock. This text is followed by the description of the Servant of the Lord (Isaiah 42).
Isaiah continues to express this hope to Israel and mentions the “Good News” again in chapter 52. “How lovely on the mountain is the feet of him who brings good news announcing peace”. The Lord will show His salvation in the sight of the Nations and the God of Zion will reign and restore Jerusalem. This is followed by a description of the Servant of the Lord suffering (Isaiah 53).


The good news (Gospel) announced here is that God will accomplish His word to Israel and redeem them and restore them to the Land of promise. They will live in peace and their sins will be forgiven. This is good news indeed. And it requires the coming of the servant of the Lord who will suffer to remove sin. This is consistent with the notion that salvation is not about going to heaven, but the full restoration of the creation through the Messiah of Israel.

The Four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) base their message on the Isaiah prophesy. Each begins with the coming of John the Baptizer who claims to be that “voice crying in the wilderness”. He is not the Messiah but announces the coming and the restoration of the Kingdom to Israel. John identifies Yeshua (Jesus) as the One who will give the Holy Spirit. He is also the suffering servant, the promised one who, like Joseph, will be misunderstood by his brothers and through his rejection and suffering, become their salvation and comfort.

The Gospel writers demonstrate that Yeshua is both the suffering one (Son of Joseph) and the coming one (Son of David) who will reign in the restored Kingdom. His birth is described to the shepherds as “good news” of great joy which shall be for all the people (first to Israel, then the Gentiles). For today in the city of David is born to you a Savior, who is Messiah the Lord”. (Luke 2:10-11).

The Gospel is the “good news” that this suffering one has died, once for all, to put away the sin of Israel and of the whole world, and because of His resurrection, He has conquered death. He ascended into heaven as the great high priest of the order of Melchizedek. He is now seated at the right hand of God and will return to restore the Kingdom to Israel and also to restore the whole creation of God as King of Kings and Lord of Lords on the throne of David his father in Jerusalem.

This return will include the gathering of Israel from the nations of their Diaspora (both the living and the dead) and so, all Israel will be saved. In this, all of the covenants will be brought into full operation and fulfillment. And the Gentiles will be included through what Paul calls the mystery of the Gospel. That will be the subject of our next post.

H Bruce Stokes, PhD