The gospel (“good news”) is God’s message of hope to all people and is revealed through the whole narrative of scripture. In his book Counterfeit Gospels, the managing editor of The Gospel Project, Trevin Wax, explains this storyline as follows:
Creation: One Hebrew word sums up the picture of Genesis 1 and 2: shalom. Peace. Earth was full of God’s shalom, the kind of peace in which everything works according to God’s intention. The world was made for human flourishing, there we could live in joy in the presence of our Maker, worshiping God by loving Him and one another forever.
Fall: Adam and Eve rejected God’s rule over them. We refer to their rebellious choice as “the fall,” and because the represented all of humanity, their action affects us too. We have– through our attitudes and actions– declared ourselves to be God’s enemies. This rebellion results in physical and spiritual death.
Redemption: Thankfully the loving Creator who rightly shows Himself to be wrathful toward our sin is determined to turn evil and suffering we have caused into good that will be to His ultimate glory. So the next movement shows God implementing a master plan for redeeming His world and rescuing fallen sinners. In the Person of Jesus Christ, God Himself comes to renew the world and restore His people. The grand narrative of Scripture climaxes with the death and resurrection of Jesus, in order that all those who repent of their sin and believe in the name of Jesus might be saved.
Restoration: The story doesn’t end with redemption. God has promised to renew the whole world, and the Bible gives us a peak into this glorious future. The restoration of all things will take place in two ways. Christ will return to judge sin and evil, and He will usher in righteousness and peace. God will purge this world of evil once and for all.
Tim Keller summarizes all of this well when he writes: “God has entered the world in Jesus Christ to achieve a salvation that we could not achieve for ourselves which now 1) converts and transforms individuals, forming them into a new humanity, and eventually 2) will renew the whole world and all creation. This is the ‘good news’—the gospel.”
In John 3:16 we read:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”