June 28 – Romans 1:16; “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
Today’s study has to do with the word gospel again. During the summer months it seems the Mormon missionaries are at the door all the time. The summer months are also the time the Church has their festivities celebrating Pioneer Days in July so this will be a good refresher for us as we near that time. Our word today is ‘gospel’. In the Greek the transliteration is; or euaggelion. The good message. As you’ll see, the Mormon’s definition is vastly different.
“The gospel of Jesus Christ is the plan of salvation. It embraces all of the laws, principles, doctrines rites, ordinances, acts, powers, authorities, and keys necessary to save and exalt men in the highest heaven hereafter. It is the covenant salvation which the Lord makes with men on earth. Literally, gospel means good tidings from God or God-story. Thus it is the glad tidings or good news concerning Christ, his atonement, the establishment of his earthly kingdom, and a possible future inheritance in his celestial presence”. Mormon Doctrine, pg. 331-2.