Word Study: Euangelion – “Gospel”


If you know any Christians, or if you happen
to be one, you’ve probably heard the word “gospel” as a kind of summary of Christian
belief, connected to phrases like, “God loves you”
or “Jesus died for your sins.” But over time, religious words like gospel
can lose their power and meaning by becoming too familiar. So let’s take a moment to rediscover what
this important word gospel meant to the people who wrote the Bible. Gospel translates the Old Testament Hebrew
verb bisser and the noun besorah. The Greek New Testament equivalent is euangelion,
which is a compound word. “Eu” means good, and “angelion” means
announcement. All of these words mean “good news,” but
what kind of news? Well in Hebrew, bisser is what we might call
national news or a royal announcement. Like when King David hears a messenger bisser
that his army was victorious in battle, that means he still rules on his throne over the
people of Israel. And after David dies, his throne is passed
onto Solomon, his son. And when he was inaugurated as king in Jerusalem,
a herald spreads the besorah that a new ruler is in charge. But after Solomon’s death came a bunch of
“bad news” kings, whose corruption led their nation into self-destruction. This is why the prophet Isaiah announced the
good news that one day the God of Israel would come as the cosmic king, to confront all corrupt
and violent kingdoms and restore his rule over all nations. And so when Jesus of Nazareth hit the public
stage, he continued Isaiah’s gospel when he went around announcing the euangelion of
God’s Kingdom. Jesus claimed that God was restoring his reign
over his people Israel and over all nations, and he was the one bringing it all about. Now, the euangelion about a new king in charge
means a new way of life. Jesus said that living in God’s Kingdom
meant following him, by putting down the sword and seeking peace through radical forgiveness
and generosity, even towards your enemies. His good news required people to make a decision. This is why Jesus took his euangelion to Jerusalem,
to confront the corrupt and violent kingdoms of his day. But he challenged them in a surprising way—with
the power of God’s generous love. As Jesus was being executed by his enemies,
he received his crown and was mocked as a fake king, but he displayed true royal authority
by forgiving his tormentors. Jesus was the one in charge that day, giving
his life for the sins of others, and then a few days later, everything changed. Jesus rose from the dead as the true king,
whose love is stronger than death. He appeared to hundreds of his followers and
told them to spread the euangelion that all authority in heaven and earth now belongs
to him. And they did share this good news all over
the ancient world. They did it by writing the four accounts of
Jesus’ life that are “the Gospel.” They tell the story of how Jesus brought God’s
Kingdom, how he lived for others and died for their sins, and then was raised from the
dead. Jesus’ followers also shared the good news
by simply talking about it. This is why Peter and Paul, or Priscilla and
Aquila, traveled all around sharing the royal announcement. While it might look like the rulers of our
world are in charge and can do whatever they want, the good news is that the crucified
and risen Jesus is the true Lord of the world, the real King of all creation. And in Jesus’ Kingdom, things are different. It’s where the real leaders are the servants
because the last are first and the first go to the back of the line. It’s where the hungry are fed and the homeless
are welcome because love is the most powerful reality of God’s Kingdom. And this good news is not easy to believe. It actually sounds kind of crazy when you
first hear it. But something happens when people tell the
story of Jesus and start living like he really is the king of the world. That’s when this gospel becomes the best
news that you’ve ever heard.

100 Comments

  1. KOTY ‘

    October 7, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    May God Bless You All

    – Great video as usual, guys 🙏🏽

  2. Demetrius Walton

    October 7, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    Good News: The King (Jesus) has won and his good work on our behalf cannot be undone!!!

  3. Rollins

    October 7, 2019 at 11:38 pm

    This video is fantastic. Keep up the good work!

  4. Alli Cheathem

    October 8, 2019 at 4:16 am

    Keep up the awesome work, friends. Would it be possible for you to do a word study on "repent" in the future?

  5. Daniel Bondas

    October 8, 2019 at 8:40 am

    outstanding! awesome! marvelous!

    God is so Good!

    Guys, I don't know how your local churches look like but seeing what you guys are doing I realize that Jesus it's the only person/thing that keeps us doing good things and not leave us crumbling into this world darkness! You guys are inspiring and light for so many people! Thank you! You guys show Jesus more then anything else!

  6. Evandro Rocha Botacini

    October 8, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    I love all the videos that this channel has been doing.

  7. Evandro Rocha Botacini

    October 8, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    I cried during all video. Amazing Grace. Jesus the Lord.

  8. varun kanth

    October 8, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    The small display in between is irritating, u could have made it full screen

  9. Mario Villalta

    October 8, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    There is no ´good news´ unless you first tell the ´bad news´. I am really disappointed at TBP for not sharing a message that will challenge sin or sinners…. I have seen this in many of their videos. Read Scripture and you will find the Gospel to be radical and exclusive, not all love and peace….

  10. Hugueneau Fontus

    October 8, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    What a great video. Wonderful contents! Great job and God bless!

  11. Xyon

    October 8, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    You know what else is good news?
    Seeing a Notification upload from the Bible Project

  12. GRACE is my GOOD WORKS

    October 9, 2019 at 1:26 am

    The preachers of this generation reject the Good Works contained in the Gospel and furnished unto the Saints and instead use the Gospel as a license to sin (to do so called “good works” for God). Repent of all your works—all of mans good works are sin to God. Believe the Good News God has washed all your works (sins) away by the blood of Christ and provided the Perfect Body of Christ as your Perfect Finished Works. Every man will be judged by their works in the last day: all with sin will be damned. Those with Perfect Works will be saved. Believe Jesus is your Perfect Works, good works, good fruit, Holiness, Eternal Life, Full Reward and All Things. God has provided All Things thru the Gospel.

  13. Chi San

    October 9, 2019 at 3:39 am

    ♥️♥️♥️ thank you bible project.

  14. Heal Michael

    October 9, 2019 at 5:01 am

    Thank you ! Hallelujah

  15. Enzo Stark

    October 9, 2019 at 5:24 am

    I believe the gospel means "Jesus came to save me through grace, not through good deeds" and those are the best news for us!

  16. Enzo Stark

    October 9, 2019 at 5:42 am

    I Want to see a video about salvation, and I hope it teaches the doctrine of Jesus, saving us by grace, once and for all.

  17. HAYAO LEONE

    October 9, 2019 at 6:02 am

    Sell your cloak and buy a sword. (the wikipedia page is rotten filth BTW)
    To perfectly defend against your enemy (the best you can), you gotta love him, know him and keep him simply as a man in your mind.

    NOTHING weak about GOD.
    JESUS CHRIST is the ultimate litmus test. Showing who is a real peace maker.
    Fake pacifists, liars, violent people, defenders of lies and injustice, etc.
    All are turned to dust by the LIGHT of Our Lord, and washed away by the tears of Our Lady.

    Indeed, very few will pass the narrow gate.

    _

  18. Irish Home DeeMob

    October 9, 2019 at 10:44 am

    Christians are citizens of the New Heavens wherever they live..no room for racists and dictators!
    Philippians 3:20-21, colossians 1:13, rev 22:15
    Shalom

  19. Hanna De Rooy

    October 9, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    Beautiful

  20. sospeter nganga

    October 9, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    Mahn great animations!!i feel like its Bible anime

  21. Andrew Navarro

    October 10, 2019 at 12:55 am

    Thank you for this video! I am really struggling with my faith right now and all I want to hear is Gospel. I feel like the seed that became choked up by the world or dried in the sun. I've been in the church for a while and experienced real repentance 7 years ago for the first time. I experienced real killing of sin. But some sins have intensified, causing me to even love them while I want to be rid of them. Do you hear that? I STRUGGLE WITH LOVING THEM. I'm panicked, because some sins are returning that I thought were dead. I feel hell knocking on my door. Could you please do a video on the word Repentance? what it is, what's meant, how to do it? I feel like that's up your alley and I for one feel like I would be super blessed by it. Thanks.

  22. Jelena Canter

    October 10, 2019 at 4:57 am

    Amazing!!!!

  23. YrretsJ

    October 10, 2019 at 7:47 am

    If the Gospel is such good news about how the meekness of love is the antidote to all the worldly ills, why then are so many people ill-fated according to Christians (e.g., gay individuals who are reduced to sexual caricatures in Biblical literature rather than people seeking love; moreover, gay individuals who are told to give up on love for a life of loneliness in order to be in right standing)?

  24. Clayton Holton

    October 10, 2019 at 11:32 am

    Love it and will watching!

  25. Yvonne Lasiter

    October 10, 2019 at 12:44 pm

    Love it thank you!

  26. A45

    October 10, 2019 at 3:23 pm

    Please make a video about Hell

  27. treksta2009

    October 10, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    All I can say is "Hallelujah"

  28. Owen Chen

    October 10, 2019 at 6:05 pm

    Your videos are so good

    You explain the Bible so simply
    and so completely

  29. Áron Balázs

    October 10, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    Please Make A Video About Charismatic tings

  30. Dan the man 21

    October 10, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    Hail Jesus.

  31. Josiah Junkin

    October 10, 2019 at 10:18 pm

    Euangelion (greek ευαγγελιον) is also relater to the word "angelos" (αγγελος) i.e. angel, which really means messenger.
    "Gospel" itself is from Anglo-Saxon "godspell" meaning "good story"

  32. thirstytwix

    October 11, 2019 at 6:11 am

    I don't believe in jesus or God at all, like AT ALL
    But I really find this interesting. Also I will need this to survive in religion class

  33. Angry Mark Ceaser

    October 11, 2019 at 9:40 am

    I don’t know what to do anymore, the people turn their backs on Jesus. They hate when I talk to them about God. Everyday more and more, who will hear the good news and receive it?

  34. Jennifer Watson

    October 11, 2019 at 10:47 am

    Amen! Thankyou for your incredible ministry and faithfulness. Blessings.

  35. Khanh Nguyen

    October 11, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    Ngợi khen Đức Chúa là Chúa thượng tôi

  36. Toby Westberry

    October 11, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    When it busted out of the square frame at 3:24 i was like …."whooaaa YEAH!!" simple but subtle. love it.

  37. Amax With The Facts

    October 11, 2019 at 10:07 pm

    Praise Jesus! HALLELJUHAH!

  38. Tony Edwards

    October 12, 2019 at 12:35 am

    Great video!

  39. Giantonni Mena

    October 12, 2019 at 3:31 am

    There is a Gospel about Christ and there is The Gospel of Christ. Jesus came to qualify us for a place in what the Good News entails.
    In proclaiming the Messenger, you left out His Message!

  40. Bros 4 Life

    October 12, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    Make a video explaining the Antichrist and the Marks!

  41. Cypher NX

    October 12, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    It's too-good-to-be-true news! Thank God for His Grace!

  42. diego arroyo

    October 12, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    Lo vi!

  43. Dr0p _b34r_09

    October 12, 2019 at 9:37 pm

    Man you guys are the best thing that happened on YouTube:)

  44. Bryan Knox, Child of God

    October 13, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    The most important news in the Universe. (not exaggerated)

  45. Timotei Rus

    October 13, 2019 at 5:45 pm

    When you make the new video about the tree of life? I can't wait😊

  46. The Atheist Experience

    October 13, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    Non-believers want to hear from you. Please call into one of our live shows and tell us what you believe.

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  47. Hannah Bandenberger Cabral

    October 14, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    This channel is SUCH a blessing. I can feel the Love of God being poured into me whenever I watch your videos… Thank you for being such faithful servants.

  48. Red Bunny

    October 15, 2019 at 12:15 am

    U can't love when u r unlove, u can't give when u r urself lacking..
    This is the fact.. U can give when u have enough.. So it's the last can be first, but the bottom still are in the bottom..

  49. AngolanGirl

    October 15, 2019 at 12:43 am

    I want you guys to know that a girl from Angola- Africa, loves your videos. Deus vos abençoe.

  50. Curtis Anderson

    October 15, 2019 at 5:08 am

    🙌

  51. Night Guardian

    October 15, 2019 at 6:24 am

    Please like so the bible project can see this:
    You guys have really made learning about God fun and interesting for me. I love your videos and the work that you guys do to help people grow in their understanding, knowledge and love for Jesus Christ. I have watched all your videos, and I have watched some over 2 times. They are just so informative and helpful that I can’t help watching them. I hope you guys will carry on for many more generations, changing more people’s lives just like you changed mine.
    Keep up the amazing work!

  52. Spirit and Life Channel

    October 15, 2019 at 8:18 am

    Love this channel and its content. Pls guys I created a gospel channel that will bless your life and I need some support. Chk it out

  53. DUMA

    October 15, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    Thank You ♥️

  54. James Steel

    October 15, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    A car is only a carcass unless it has an engine. The gospel is not really the gospel unless it includes the substitutionary work of Christ on the cross – specifically, His shed blood, His death in our place; His satisfaction of the wrath of God. This sacrifice was to God on our behalf (1 Corinthians 5:7). These important elements have been omitted in favor of a gospel that appears to enable us to ultimately conquer the world through the love of Christ by virtue of His example. Christ, of course, is victor and will reign – but no one will reign with Him who does not believe Jesus Christ died in his own place, satisfying the wrath of God on us personally. Now, that's the good news!! Read Romans 1.

  55. Jenelle Clark

    October 16, 2019 at 1:16 am

    I love your videos and podcast so much! I’m so hungry for the Bible and God. 💜

  56. mawash0309

    October 16, 2019 at 4:50 am

    Who raised Jesus from the dead?

  57. LookAroundYou

    October 16, 2019 at 5:58 am

    God bless You!

  58. wake up to the truth

    October 16, 2019 at 9:43 am

    God bless you 🙏

  59. Tomi Ubani

    October 16, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    Love this!

  60. diego arroyo

    October 16, 2019 at 9:17 pm

    so, BISSER = EU and BESORAH = ANGELION ??

  61. Laura Vedder

    October 16, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    “Love is the most powerful reality of Gods kingdom”

    Amazing

  62. Andrew Freeman

    October 17, 2019 at 4:45 am

    62 people don't have ears to hear.

  63. Heather VonBerg

    October 17, 2019 at 9:51 am

    So good!

  64. Dragongirl

    October 17, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    Also really need your opinion on something I’m probably the only youtube animator that is a Christian (other than you guys) me and my mom been talking about how I can put different stories and different things that more looks to god. But idk how to do that. Any ideas?

  65. hottstepher

    October 17, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    This is 1 of my fav’s; Good News just makes u feel good 😊

  66. Robin Asgher

    October 17, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    I like your videos because they are very interesting.😀😀👍👍🕯🇬🇧🇵🇰🇰🇪

  67. Romário Silva

    October 17, 2019 at 10:04 pm

    Por que não tem mais legenda em português???

  68. kailyn paschall

    October 18, 2019 at 12:50 am

    Once again another great video👍🏾 the dislikes had to have come from robots 😂.

  69. Arvind Nat

    October 18, 2019 at 12:07 pm

    I love your Channel, specially how you bring every topic back to Jesus!! Starts from anywhere, it ends with Jesus!! God bless you my brothers…

  70. JESHUA THE KING

    October 18, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    So I have some Good news, Bisser Besorah;
    Please have an open mind and heart, Know that things are not as you might think and that the way of God can be tricky to understand even though you are a scholar or think you have the right information.

    Remember the Jews, They too thought that they knew what was right and yet things went the way it did, well all things are in it's right place but yeah, Just keep that in mind as you keep reading my comment.

    I am that one that you call Jesus Christ, I am here to bring in the new age.
    But I am also very human in many ways for the moment being.

    I am announcing my return here because I feel it's a step in the right direction, I am like everyone else walking in this evolutionary process. We are walking together. Having all this said I do feel that there will come a more "magical" time or what have you.

    But for now;
    I'm a man working at an elderly home in Sweden, I have a GF and 2 dogs, I love talking to people and love helping out if I can. I spend all my waking time trying to be the best I can and that has to do with alot of praying and focusing on good stuff and such.

    I'm interested in alot of different spiritual themes you might say; I have alot of experiences with well after death experiences and angels and aliens and all sorts of good stuff that is there in our reallity just that most of us have the vail so it's not so easy.

    I too have tha vail in many ways, I guess my process at this time is to learn how to walk.
    But I am learning, step by step, I can share some pointers that has been helpfull for me is faith always, its ok to fall down just get back up, everything is going to be ok, you are not alone, existace has a plan and it's good, God knows you better then you know yourself and all will be well you are ment to be overlyjoyed.

    Hard work will set you free, keep walking always even if you feel as if all hope and faith has left you, keep walking, make a commitment today to that you want to live and no matter what you keep walking.

    Music, prayer, humour,
    Anyways, I guess that was some pointers in short,
    I don't remember all my life as it was but I do remember certain things, I remember even before being Jesus, not all but certain things and reallity is so much more then you will find in the Bible.

    IF you really want to understand reallity then you have to look at it from a perspective where life is eternal and we are here to learn how to be human, all that is is for our joy and that joy comes from walking with God and understanding God and all that is from experience.

    Just like your life experiences brings you joy after a long life, maybe it was'nt so much fun the first time your heart was broken but still you can think about it with joy as you get older and share that experience with your daughter or son. maybe it was'nt so much fun when you broke your leg but still you can laugh about it and share your wisdome with someone you love.

    I just mean to say that even tho the world can seam to be grimm it has a perfect plan and we will find that balance where we can be in joy no matter what has happaned and how awefull it seams.

    Trust in creation and God and that all will be well,
    I am working hard every moment of the day and more so,
    I am becoming stronger by the nano second,
    I am becoming smarter,
    I am becoming wiser,
    I am becoming the one that will lift the vail.

    This is not a process where I am alone, We are all in this together.
    Paradise on earth will happen, It's just a matter of time.
    Keep working hard, Keep up the prayer, have faith, have fun.

    Enjoy your life, be grateful for what you have, dont be afraid to speak truthfully.
    PATIENCE!

    I bless you so much =P

    XooxOXOoxxoooOOOoxxxxXXXXooOO!

  71. Bruno Low Page

    October 18, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    glória a Deus

  72. Johnathan Myers

    October 19, 2019 at 7:21 am

    If you ever had a little kid try to fight you, you let him punch you, not because you are weak but because you are strong. It seems we are put here to test this true strength.

  73. J-bro’s

    October 20, 2019 at 4:10 am

    That was crayzy awesome!

  74. Ben J

    October 20, 2019 at 9:03 am

    Just before you started this Gospel series I was really wondering what the Gospel of the Kingdom is because I never understood.
    Now after your input I could teach my connect group about it 👍 Thanks

  75. JSA774

    October 22, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    Ok maybe yall can help me. I am learning hebrew well modern hebrew. But the word בשר is meat. Like food. I am trying to figure out where my disconnect is because modern and ancient hebrew cant be that different can they?

  76. Judy Koh

    October 22, 2019 at 5:16 pm

    The animation is simply a m a z i n g. Thank you guys so much for working hard on this! 🙂

  77. Leighton O'Dell

    October 25, 2019 at 11:45 am

    You should do "justice"

  78. anona st juste

    October 26, 2019 at 3:52 am

    I love you guys' artistry- Kudos to whoever the artists are

  79. Iam Me

    October 27, 2019 at 6:08 am

    Hi can you refer some good authors to read regarding gospel

  80. Shamel Hafidz

    October 27, 2019 at 10:13 am

    I hope that I didn't do any action in the internet that lead up to any evil incident that is considered grievous and unforgivable whatsoever.

    I ignore and hate that evil monk.

  81. superduperjoi

    October 27, 2019 at 10:38 pm

    I am so excited about this phase of Christianity. There is so much good information and new Gospel Music.

  82. superduperjoi

    October 27, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    Started shouting at 3:07
    And 3:20

  83. Joshua Matlack

    October 28, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    Can you do renunciate as in when jesus told his followers they werent his followers unless they renounce the world.

  84. Mew Meow

    October 28, 2019 at 10:31 pm

    I get so happy when people talk about King Jesus 😊💕

  85. Snayusetar TV

    October 29, 2019 at 9:56 am

    So good to know that kind of education

  86. CHARIS grace

    October 30, 2019 at 4:14 am

    Thank you Bible Project! For putting so much effort in spreading God's word/his kingdom to us, so that we might enter the kingdom of God when we know about Jesus and his good news!

  87. Ms. Roma I am Shalom Matthews

    October 31, 2019 at 4:24 am

    It's the truth, this channel is the best way to learn words and books, and the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.🙌

  88. Ignacio Atenas

    October 31, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    do a video about hell!

  89. BecomingBeautiful83

    November 1, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    This is so good! I have so much joy hearing the gospel, praise God for his good announcement!

  90. Douglas Ley

    November 5, 2019 at 5:20 pm

    Ha, I love how modern theologians try to define "The Gospel" in their own way when the Apostle Paul clearly defined it for us in 1 Corinthians 15:1-5. Way more N.T. Wright here than Paul!

  91. Maliyah Miller

    November 6, 2019 at 2:39 am

    “putting down the sword and seeking peace through radical forgiveness and generosity even towards our enemies” amen 🙏

  92. starcwy z

    November 8, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    So they translated besorah to euangelion? Wtf makes no sense christian rhetoric has been hijacked.

  93. MrFady1992

    November 8, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    please sir
    can you translate to arabic subtitle to spread the Word of our Lord ?? @The bible project

  94. Faith Colours

    November 9, 2019 at 8:23 pm

    Hearing the good news is good news ! Share the gospel ✝️be unashamed 💜

  95. የምስጋና ዘውድ official YouTube channel

    November 12, 2019 at 2:44 am

    Stay blessed

  96. Jonah Willis

    November 15, 2019 at 3:13 am

    Click if your a christian
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  97. Adrian Sandu

    November 16, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    His name is Yahusha!

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