WHAT IS THE GOOD
"And this good news of the kingdom
will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to the nations; and
then the end will come." –Matthew 24:14 NWT
For centuries these words of Christ
have encouraged sincere Christians to have a part in promulgating the Bible’s
message of God’s kingdom to the extremities of the earth . The purpose of its
global declaration is made clear in the following words of the apostle Paul:
"For I am not ashamed of the good news; it is in fact, God’s power for salvation
to everyone having faith. (Romans 1:16) That the dissemination of this
life-saving message was imperative to Paul is evident in his exclaiming: "Woe is
me if I did not declare the good news!" (1 Corinthians 9:18) In harmony with the
apostle’s sentiment, Christ himself, in parabolic form, underscored the
preaching responsibility all have who appropriate the name Christian. (Luke
Perhaps what distinguishes Jehovah’s Witnesses from
other religious fellowships most is their stalwart door to door preaching in
connection with the good news of God’s kingdom. Many witnesses have demonstrated
a laudable zeal for public ministry. In lands where such public preaching has
been banned, they have faced mob violence and incarceration. Some Witnesses have
even given their very lives to this end. One simply cannot undermine the efforts
and perseverance of those witnesses who expend so much of themselves out of a
sincere motive and love for their neighbors.
While evangelistic zeal and fervor are commendable
and serve as an admirable example, the apostle Paul reminds us that truth in
conjunction with such attributes should be of utmost importance to the faithful
servant of God. "Pay constant attention to yourself and to your teaching. Stay
by these things, for by doing this you will save both yourself and those who
listen to you." (1 Timothy 4:16) Because our teaching directly effects the
salvation of those who listen to us, it is imperative that we as Christians
adhere closely to the inspired good news preached by the apostles.
(Ephesians 1:13) One may feel, however, that such an admonition is trite and
could not possibly apply to them personally. Yet, scripture reveals that even in
the presence of the apostles, some had already insidiously deviated from the
essence of the true message of the good news. (Galatians 1:6) As Christians,
how do we determine the accuracy and authenticity of the good news we preach? As
in all matters, we are exhorted to consult the Bible as the final court of
arbitration. (Acts 17:11, 2 Timothy 3:16)
The purpose of this non-exhaustive study is just
that - to see not only what the Bible plainly teaches about the inspired
first-century good news, but to determine what it doesn’t teach as well. Its
aim, then, is to serve as a scriptural barometer for those who take the
preaching of the good news to heart.
The Testimony of the
I make request, not concerning these
only, [the apostles] but also concerning those putting faith in me through their
word. –John 17:20 NWT
By both divine providence and divine
superintendence, today the "word" of the apostles is accessible to man in the
Christian Greek Scriptures. Those, therefore, who trust the Bible as the
inspired word of God have at their disposal the apostolic eyewitness accounts of
Jesus life, death and resurrection. Adding to the weight of "their word" is the
fact that it was Jesus himself who communicated these divine truths to the
apostles. For, we read in John 17:7-8: "They have now come to know that all the
things you gave me are from you; because the sayings you gave me I have given to
The Bible shows that after God resurrected Jesus
from the dead, he appeared to two disciples on the road to Emmaus, a man named
Cleopus and, possibly, his wife. He then interpreted all that was written in the
Hebrew scriptures to them. We read the following in Luke’s account: He now said
to them: "These are my words that I spoke to you while I was yet with you, that
all the things written in the Law of Moses and in the Prophets and Psalms about
me must be fulfilled. Then he opened up their minds fully to understand the
scriptures," (Luke 24:44)
This complete explanation of how the Hebrew
prophecies applied to Jesus was an outstanding example of divine revelation.
Jesus then declared the precise message that would be preached throughout the
world. The account continues: And he said to them: "In this way it is written
that Christ would suffer and rise from among the dead on the third day, and on
the basis of his name repentance for forgiveness of sins would be preached in
all the nations-starting out from Jerusalem." (24:46-47)
Jesus shared a meal with them and left. They
immediately returned to Jerusalem, found the eleven apostles and told them about
their meeting with Jesus. While they were telling the story, Jesus appeared to
the assembled group. Before ascending to heaven, Jesus indicated to the eleven
that he had already been given the authority to take personal responsibility for
"All authority has been given me in
heaven and on the earth. Go therefore and make disciples of people of all
nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy
spirit, teaching them to obey all the things I have commanded you. And, look! I
am with you all the days until the conclusion of the system of things."—Matt.
Jesus on the road to
Emmaus opens up the minds of two of his disciples to fully understand the
scriptures. He then appears to the eleven apostles and gives them the great
commission to make disciples of people of all nations. Did the Apostles
understand the good news?
The Biblical record incontestably proves that the
message of Jesus' command was understood. In fact, the Apostle Paul’s preaching
was centered on the forgiveness of sins. Thus, he referred to this evangelistic
work as: "the ministry of reconciliation." (2 Corinthians 5:18)
Church history also confirms that faithful men of
the second and third centuries continued to emphasize this work of
reconciliation. In fact, unlike Jehovah's Witnesses who believe in "progressive
understanding" of God's word, early Christians did not believe that they would
come to a fuller understanding of God and his plan of salvation. Contrarily,
second and third century Christians proved their beliefs by pointing back to
what the apostles had unambiguously handed down to them. They believed the
apostles to be in possession of "perfect knowledge" and that such knowledge was
more than adequately articulated to their successors.
In the second century Iranaeus (a
prominent presbyter of Lyons) says the following in this regard:
“It is unlawful to assert that
the apostles preached before they possessed “perfect Knowledge,”
as some do even venture to say, boasting themselves as being improvers
of the apostles. For, after our Lord rose from the dead, the apostles were
energized with power from on High when the Holy Spirit came down upon them. They
were completely filled and had perfect knowledge. They departed to the ends of
the earth, preaching the glad tidings of the good things sent to us from God.”
(s. 180 E/W), 1.414
In the third century Tertullian
(a prominent presbyter of Carthage) said the following:
The heretics usually tell us that
the apostles did not know all things…. Exposing Christ to blame for having sent
forth apostles who had either too much ignorance, or too little simplicity. What
man of sound mind can possibly suppose that they were ignorant of anything, whom
the Lord ordained to be teachers? (c. 197, W), 3.253.
“When He, the Spirit of truth,
will come, He will lead you into all truth.” He thus shows that there
was nothing of which the apostle were ignorant, to whom He had promised the
future attainment of all truth by the help of the Spirit of truth. (c. 197, W),
These statements were made to the
Gnostics who were claiming a further revelation regarding Christ, yet the
principle still stands - Christians of subsequent generations unanimously
believed themselves to be in possession of apostolic doctrine which needed no
accretions or crystallization.
In line with that, the apostle
Paul says the following in his epistle to the Galatians:
"However, even if we or an angel
out of heaven should declare to you as good news something beyond what we
declared to you as good news, let him be accursed. As we have said above, I also
now say again, whoever it is that is declaring to you as good news something
beyond what you accepted let him be accursed."
Paul goes on to establish his
God-given authority to both declare and define the essence of the good news by
evidencing the source from which he learned it. "For I put you on notice,
brothers that the good news declared by me is not something human. For neither
did I receive it from man, nor was I taught it, except through revelation by
Jesus Christ. "(Galatians 1:11)
The fact that Paul received his understanding of
the good news from none other than Jesus Christ himself is significant. Those
who claim Christ as their Lord and head should be cautious to never overstep
this revelation as understood and expressed by him and the other apostles.
Do Jehovah’s Witnesses preach the same good news as
the inspired apostles of the first century or do they unwittingly place
themselves under the "curse" of Galatians 1:8 by preaching "another sort of good
The Original Good
News or an Altered Version?
I am astonished by the promptness
with which you have turned away from the one who called you and have decided to
follow a different version of the Good News.
–Galatians 1: 6, Jerusalem Bible
The Watchtower overtly admits that its message is
something different- a special "kind" of good news. In the Watchtower of May 1,
1981 page 17, we read the following:
Let the honest-hearted person
compare the kind of preaching of the gospel of the kingdom done by the religious
systems of Christendom during all the centuries, with that done by Jehovah’s
Witnesses since the end of World War 1 in 1918. They are not one and the same
kind. That of Jehovah’s Witnesses is really "gospel," or "good news," as of
God’s heavenly kingdom that was established by the enthronement of his Son Jesus
Christ at the end of the Gentile Times in 1914.
Perhaps no other religion of modern times has
invested in, and depended on, a single date, as has the Watchtower society. Its
good news has always been inextricably tied to the date 1914. For more than
three decades the year 1914 was pointed forward to as the terminal point
for the Watchtower organization’s unique time prophecies. "Bible students"
stridently preached the good news that Christ had returned and had been
invisibly present since 1874 and that the conversion of the Jews to
Christianity, their return to Palestine, the collapse of all political and
religious systems of the world as well as the miraculous heavenly transference
of the body of Christ would take place by early October 1914.
Now, for some eight decades, the Watchtower has
pointed back to that year as the starting point of their time
prophecies. In relation to this year, they have in modern times given God a
deadline as to when all his promises must take place.
The May 1, 1984
Watchtower proclaiming that the 1914 generation will not pass away.
In the interval, 1918 was said to be
the year for all the aforementioned expectations. When nothing happened, the
apocalyptic events were deferred to1925. Shortly after that point Watchtower
president Joseph Rutherford discontinued the Biblical teaching of a heavenly
hope for all Christians as well as inclusion of all Christians in the new
covenant. From that point on, even the very mediatorship of Christ has been
marginalized to a relatively few.
Today the Watchtower’s good news focuses
overwhelmingly on negative "world conditions" and the hope of early relief from
the problems these bring. This will be accomplished through the entrance of the
perennially-at-hand "new world" directed by a new government.
Iconography regularly focuses on negative world-events as a springboard to
preaching their "good news" message.
Through colorful pictures and illustrations in
Watchtower publications, a "spiritual materialism" has been skillfully portrayed
and deeply instilled in witnesses. These graphic images have depicted witness
Armageddon-survivors building beautiful lake-side homes in mountainous
surroundings, eating the finest organic foods, delighting in inter-racial
picnics, greeting fully-clothed loved ones from the dead and having exotic
animals as pets. All this will be enjoyed free from taxation, inflation, and
insurance. Gone will be the wrinkles and problems related to old age. Eternal
vibrant youth will be theirs to relish!
Instead of confessing the Christian "hope of glory
and immortality," some six million Jehovah’s Witnesses are currently making a
defense for the aforementioned bucolic "hope" which has been artfully nourished
in them. (1 Peter 3:15, read context *1 Peter 1: 3-4*)
If one only read the
inspired expressions of Jesus and the apostles concerning the good news of the
kingdom, would one ever arrive at the Watchtower organization's interpretation
The apostle Paul
received his understanding of the good news from none other than Jesus Christ
himself. When speaking of the Kingdom of God to first century Christians, did
Paul ever nourish fleshly desires in them like those found in the colorful
illustrations of Watchtower literature?
Acting as both an emotional charge to such carnal
expectations and an incentive to fuller part in the door to door ministry is the
relentless assurance that the realization of these things is "very near" and
While the Watchtower’s message of the good news
strongly pleases the senses, we do well to honestly ask ourselves if the good
news of the Watchtower is the same as the inspired good news that Christ and the
apostles preached in the first century. If even angels were to be condemned for
adding to the good news, where would that place Jehovah's Witnesses regarding
the curse of Galatians 1?
If the "good news" of Jehovah's Witnesses is firmly
rooted in the scripture, there should be a considerable similarity between their
expressions of God's kingdom and those of the apostles. If Jesus did in fact
appear to the disciples teaching them all that there was in the law and the
prophets and psalms, we should indeed have confidence that the apostle's message
of the good news is a perfect amalgamation of both the old and new testaments.
We should never assume, therefore, that they excluded any important aspects or
failed to explain salient features of the good news of God's Kingdom that would
only be understood in latter days by uninspired men. To the contrary, in the
book of Jude we are told that we should fight hard for this faith that was
delivered once and for all times to the holy ones. That deposit of
faith - that is, the body of Christian beliefs, were indeed delivered once for
all times to the holy ones and now can be found in the New Testament for all to
read and believe.
What follows are 98 direct New Testament
references to the good news. The surrounding context is also provided to
help grasp the precise meaning of what the inspired writers were intending to
Faithful second and third century Christians
believed the words of the apostles and preached them throughout the ancient
world. May the sincere reader believe on "their word" as well.
NEWS ACCORDING TO THE APOSTLES
All scriptures are taken from The
New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures.
Acts 5:41-42 These, therefore, went their
way from before the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy
to be dishonored in behalf of his name. 42 And every day in the temple and
from house to house they continued without letup teaching and declaring the
good news about the Christ, Jesus.
Acts 8:4-5 However, those who had been
scattered went through the land declaring the good news of the word.
5 Philip, for one, went down to the city of Sa·mar'i·a and began to preach
the Christ to them.
Acts 8:11-13 12 But when they believed
Philip, who was declaring the good news of the kingdom of God
and of the name of Jesus Christ, they proceeded to be baptized,
both men and women. 13 Simon himself also became a believer, and,
after being baptized, he was in constant attendance upon Philip; and he was
amazed at beholding signs and great powerful works taking place.
Acts 8:22-25 22 Repent,
therefore, of this badness of yours, and supplicate Jehovah that, if possible,
the device of your heart may be forgiven you; 23 for I see you are a poisonous
gall and a bond of unrighteousness." 24 In answer Simon said: "YOU men, make
supplication for me to Jehovah that none of the things YOU have said may come
25 Therefore, when they had given the
witness thoroughly and had spoken the word of Jehovah, they turned back to
Jerusalem, and they went declaring the good news to many villages of the
Acts 8:35-37 Philip opened
his mouth and, starting with this Scripture, he declared to him the good news
about Jesus. 36 Now as they were going over the road, they
came to a certain body of water, and the eunuch said: "Look! A body of water;
what prevents me from getting baptized?" 37
Acts 8:40 - 9:2 40 But Philip was found to
be in Ash'dod, and he went through the territory and kept on declaring the
good news to all the cities until he got to Caes·a·re'a.
9 But Saul, still breathing threat and
murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest 2 and asked
him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, in order that he might bring
bound to Jerusalem any whom he found who belonged to The Way, both men and
Acts 10:34-43 34 At this
Peter opened his mouth and said: "For a certainty I perceive that God is not
partial, 35 but in every nation the man that fears him and works righteousness
is acceptable to him. 36 He sent out the word to the sons of Israel to declare
to them the good news of peace through Jesus Christ: this One is
Lord of all [others]. 37 YOU know the subject that was talked about
throughout the whole of Ju·de'a, starting from Gal'i·lee after the baptism that
John preached, 38 namely, Jesus who was from Naz'a·reth, how God anointed
him with holy spirit and power, and he went through the land doing good and
healing all those oppressed by the Devil; because God was with him. 39
And we are witnesses of all the things he did both in the country of the Jews
and in Jerusalem; but they also did away with him by
hanging him on a stake. 40 God raised this One up on the third day and granted
him to become manifest, 41 not to all the people, but to witnesses appointed
beforehand by God, to us, who ate and drank with him after his rising from the
42 Also, he ordered us to preach to the
people and to give a thorough witness that this is the One decreed by God to be
judge of the living and the dead. 43 To him all the prophets bear witness, that
everyone putting faith in him gets forgiveness of sins through his name."
Acts 11:20-21 However,
out of them there were some men of Cy'prus and Cy·re'ne that came to Antioch and
began talking to the Greek-speaking people, declaring the good news of
the Lord Jesus. 21 Furthermore, the hand of Jehovah was with them, and
a great number that became believers
turned to the Lord.
Acts 13:32-34 And so we are
declaring to YOU the good news about the promise made to the forefathers,
33 that God has entirely fulfilled it to us their children in that he
resurrected Jesus; even as it is written in the second psalm, ‘You are
my son, I have become your Father this day.’ 34 And that fact that he
resurrected him from the dead destined no more to return to corruption, he has
stated in this way, ‘I will give YOU people the loving-kindnesses to David that
Acts 14:5-7 6 they, on being informed of
it, fled to the cities of Lyc·a·o'ni·a, Lys'tra and Der'be and the country round
about; 7 and there they went on declaring the good news.
Acts 14:14-16 14 However,
when the apostles Bar'na·bas and Paul heard of it, they ripped their outer
garments and leaped out into the crowd, crying out 15 and saying: "Men, why are
YOU doing these things? We also are humans having the same infirmities as YOU
do, and are declaring the good news to YOU, for
YOU to turn from these vain things to the living
God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all the things in them.
Acts 14:21-22 And after declaring
the good news to that city and making quite a few disciples,
they returned to Lys'tra and to I·co'ni·um and to Antioch, 22 strengthening the
souls of the disciples, encouraging them to remain in the faith and [saying]:
"We must enter into the kingdom of God through many tribulations."
Acts 15:7 7 Now when much
disputing had taken place, Peter rose and said to them: "Men, brothers, YOU well
know that from early days God made the choice among YOU that through my mouth
people of the nations should hear the word of the good news and
Acts 15:35 35 However, Paul and Bar'na·bas
continued spending time in Antioch teaching and declaring, with many others
also, the good news of the word of Jehovah.
Acts 16:9-10 9 And during the night a
vision appeared to Paul: a certain Mac·e·do'ni·an man was standing and
entreating him and saying: "Step over into Mac·e·do'ni·a and help us." 10 Now as
soon as he had seen the vision, we sought to go forth into Mac·e·do'ni·a,
drawing the conclusion that God had summoned us to declare the good news
Acts 17:17-18 Consequently he began to
reason in the synagogue with the Jews and the other people who worshiped [God]
and every day in the marketplace with those who happened to be on hand. 18 But
certain ones of both the Ep·i·cu·re'an and the Sto'ic philosophers took to
conversing with him controversially, and some would say: "What is it this
chatterer would like to tell?" Others: "He seems to be a publisher of foreign
deities." This was because he was declaring the good news of Jesus
and the resurrection.
Acts 20:19-24 20 while I did
not hold back from telling YOU any of the things that were profitable nor from
teaching YOU publicly and from house to house. 21 But I thoroughly bore
witness both to Jews and to Greeks about repentance toward God and faith in our
Lord Jesus. 22 And now, look! bound in the spirit, I am journeying to
Jerusalem, although not knowing the things that will happen to me in it, 23
except that from city to city the holy spirit repeatedly bears witness to me as
it says that bonds and tribulations are waiting for me. 24 Nevertheless, I do
not make my soul of any account as dear to me, if only I may finish my course
and the ministry that I received of the Lord Jesus, to bear thorough
witness to the good news of the undeserved
kindness of God.
Romans 1:1-6 Paul, a slave of Jesus
Christ and called to be an apostle, separated to God’s good news, 2 which
he promised aforetime through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, 3 concerning
his Son, who sprang from the seed of David according to the flesh, 4 but who
with power was declared God’s Son according to the spirit of holiness by means
of resurrection from the dead—yes, Jesus Christ our Lord, 5 through whom
we received undeserved kindness and an apostleship in order that there might be
obedience of faith among all the nations respecting his name, 6 among which
[nations] YOU also are
those called to belong to Jesus Christ—
Romans 1:9-10 9 For God, to
whom I render sacred service with my spirit in connection with the good news
about his Son, is my witness of how without ceasing I always make
mention of YOU in my prayers, 10 begging that if at all possible I may now at
last be prospered in the will of God so as to come to YOU.
Romans 1:13-17 14 Both to
Greeks and to Barbarians, both to wise and to senseless ones I am a debtor: 15
so there is eagerness on my part to declare the good news also to YOU
there in Rome. 16 For I am not ashamed of the good news; it is, in fact,
God’s power for salvation to everyone having faith, to the Jew
first and also to the Greek; 17 for in it God’s
righteousness is being revealed by reason of faith and toward faith, just as it
is written: "But the righteous one—by means of faith he will live."
Romans 2:15-16 They are the very ones who
demonstrate the matter of the law to be written in their hearts, while their
conscience is bearing witness with them and, between their own thoughts, they
are being accused or even excused. 16 This will be in the day when
God through Christ Jesus judges the secret things of mankind, according to
the good news I declare.
Romans 10:11-17 11 For the Scripture says:
"None that rests his faith on him will be disappointed." 12
For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for there is the same
Lord over all, who is rich to all those calling upon him. 13 For
"everyone who calls on the name of Jehovah will be saved." 14
However, how will they call on him in whom they have not put faith?
How, in turn, will they put faith in him of whom they have not
heard? How, in turn, will they hear without someone to preach? 15 How, in
turn, will they preach unless they have been sent forth? Just as it is written:
"How comely are the feet of those who declare good news of good things!"
Nevertheless, they did not all obey the good news. For Isaiah says:
"Jehovah, who put faith in the thing heard from us?" 17 So faith follows
the thing heard. In turn the thing heard is through the word about Christ.
(The name of Jehovah or the name of Christ?)
Romans 11:26-28 "The deliverer will come
out of Zion and turn away ungodly practices from Jacob. 27 And this is
the covenant on my part with them, when I take their sins away."
28 True, with reference to the good news they are enemies for YOUR
sakes, but with reference to [God’s] choosing they are beloved for the sake of
Romans 15:14-16 15 However, I
am writing YOU the more outspokenly on some points, as if reminding YOU again,
because of the undeserved kindness given to me from God 16 for me
to be a public servant of Christ Jesus to the nations, engaging in the
holy work of the good news of God, in order that the offering, namely,
these nations, might prove to be acceptable, it being sanctified with holy
Romans 15:17-21 17 Therefore I have cause
for exulting in Christ Jesus when it comes to things pertaining to
God. 18 For I will not venture to tell one thing if it is not of those
things which Christ worked through me for the nations to be obedient, by [my]
word and deed, 19 with the power of signs and portents, with the
power of holy spirit; so that from Jerusalem and in a circuit as far as
Il·lyr'i·cum I have thoroughly preached the good news about
the Christ. 20 In this way, indeed, I made it my aim not to
declare the good news where Christ had already been named,
in order that I might not be building on another man’s foundation; 21
but, just as it is written: "Those to whom no announcement has been made about
him will see, and those who have not heard will understand."
Romans 16:25-27 Now to him
who can make YOU firm in accord with the good news I declare and
the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the sacred secret
which has been kept in silence for long-lasting times 26 but has now been
made manifest and has been made known through the prophetic scriptures among all
the nations in accord with the command of the everlasting God to promote
obedience by faith; 27 to God, wise alone, be the glory through
Jesus Christ forever. Amen.
1 Corinthians 1:16-17 Yes, I also baptized
the household of Steph'a·nas. As for the rest, I do not know whether I baptized
anybody else. 17 For Christ dispatched me, not to go baptizing, but to go
declaring the good news, not with wisdom of speech, that
the torture stake of the Christ should not be made useless.
1 Corinthians 1:22-24 For both the Jews
ask for signs and the Greeks look for wisdom; 23 but we preach
Christ impaled, to the Jews a cause for stumbling but to the nations
foolishness; 24 however, to those who are the called, both Jews and
Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
1 Corinthians 4:14-17 I am writing these
things, not to shame YOU, but to admonish YOU as my beloved children. 15
For though YOU may have ten thousand tutors in Christ, [YOU] certainly [do] not
[have] many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have become YOUR
father through the good news. 16 I entreat YOU, therefore,
become imitators of me. 17 That is why I am sending Timothy to YOU, as he
is my beloved and faithful child in [the] Lord; and he will put
YOU in mind of my methods in connection with Christ Jesus, just as I am
teaching everywhere in every congregation.
1 Corinthians 9:12-23
Nevertheless, we have not made use of this authority, but we are bearing all
things, in order that we might not offer any hindrance to the good news
about the Christ. 13 Do YOU not know that the men
performing sacred duties eat the things of the temple, and those constantly
attending at the altar have a portion for themselves with the altar? 14
In this way, too, the Lord ordained for those proclaiming the good news
to live by means of the good news.
But I have not made use of a single one of these [provisions]. Indeed, I have
not written these things that it should become so in my case, for it would be
finer for me to die than—no man is going to make my reason for boasting void!
16 If, now, I am declaring the good news, it is no reason for me to
boast, for necessity is laid upon me. Really, woe is me if I did not
declare the good news! 17 If I perform this
willingly, I have a reward; but if I do it against my will, all the same I have
a stewardship entrusted to me. 18 What, then, is my reward? That while
declaring the good news I may furnish the good news without cost,
to the end that I may not abuse my authority in the good news.
19 For, though I
am free from all persons, I have made myself the slave to all, that I may gain
the most persons. 20 And so to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I
might gain Jews; to those under law I became as under law, though I
myself am not under law, that I might gain those under law. 21 To those
without law I became as without law, although I am not without law toward
God but under law toward Christ, that I might gain those without law.
22 To the weak I became weak, that I might gain the weak. I have
become all things to people of all sorts, that I might by all means save some.
23 But I do all things for the sake of the
good news, that I may become a sharer of it with [others].
1 Corinthians 15:3-6 For I handed on to
YOU, among the first things, that which I also received, that Christ died for
our sins according to the Scriptures; 4 and that he was buried, yes, that
he has been raised up the third day according to the Scriptures; 5
and that he appeared to Ce'phas, then to the twelve. 6 After that he
appeared to upward of five hundred brothers at one time, the most of whom remain
to the present, but some have fallen asleep [in death].
2 Corinthians 2:12-13 Now
when I arrived in Tro'as to declare the good news about the Christ,
and a door was opened to me in [the] Lord,
2 Corinthians 4:1-6 4 That is why, since
we have this ministry according to the mercy that was shown us, we do not give
up; 2 but we have renounced the underhanded things of which to be
ashamed, not walking with cunning, neither adulterating the word of God, but by
making the truth manifest recommending ourselves to every human conscience in
the sight of God. 3 If, now, the good news we declare is in fact
veiled, it is veiled among those who are perishing, 4 among whom the god
of this system of things has blinded the minds of the unbelievers,
that the illumination of the glorious good news about the Christ, who is
the image of God, might not shine through. 5 For we are preaching,
not ourselves, but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as YOUR
slaves for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God is he who said: "Let the light
shine out of darkness
2 Corinthians 8:16-18 Now
thanks be to God for putting the same earnestness for YOU in the heart of Titus,
17 because he has indeed responded to the encouragement, but, being very
earnest, he is going forth of his own accord to YOU. 18 But we are
sending along with him the brother whose praise in connection with the good
news has spread through all the congregations.
2 Corinthians 9:12-14 because
the ministry of this public service is not only to supply abundantly the wants
of the holy ones but also to be rich with many expressions of thanks to God.
13 Through the proof that this ministry gives, they glorify God because YOU
are submissive to the good news about the Christ, as YOU
publicly declare YOU are, and because YOU are generous in YOUR contribution to
them and to all; 14 and with supplication for YOU they long for YOU
because of the surpassing undeserved kindness of God upon
2 Corinthians 10:14-16 14 Really we are
not overstretching ourselves as if we did not reach to YOU, for we were the
first to come even as far as YOU in declaring the good news about
the Christ. 15 No, we are not boasting outside our assigned
boundaries in the labors of someone else, but we entertain hope that, as
YOUR faith is being increased, we may be made great among
YOU with reference to our territory. Then we will abound still more, 16
to declare the good news to the countries beyond YOU, so as not to boast
in someone else’s territory where things are already prepared.
2 Corinthians 11:4 4 For, as it is,
if someone comes and preaches a Jesus other than the one we preached, or
YOU receive a spirit other than what YOU received, or good
news other than what YOU accepted, YOU easily put up [with him].
2 Corinthians 11:7 Or did I
commit a sin by humbling myself that YOU might be exalted, because without cost
I gladly declared the good news of God to YOU?
Galatians 1:6-12 I marvel that YOU are
being so quickly removed from the One who called YOU with Christ’s
undeserved kindness over to another sort of good news. 7
But it is not another; only there are certain ones who are causing YOU trouble
and wanting to pervert the good news about the Christ. 8
However, even if we or an angel out of heaven were to declare to
YOU as good news something beyond what we declared to YOU as good
news, let him be accursed. 9 As we have said above, I also
now say again, Whoever it is that is declaring to
YOU as good news something beyond what YOU
accepted, let him be accursed.
it, in fact, men I am now trying to persuade or God? Or am I seeking to please
men? If I were yet pleasing men, I would not be Christ’s slave. 11
For I put YOU on notice, brothers, that the good news
which was declared by me as good news
is not something human; 12 for neither did I
receive it from man, nor was I taught [it], except through revelation by Jesus
Galatians 1:15-20 But when God, who
separated me from my mother’s womb and called [me] through his undeserved
kindness, thought good 16 to reveal his Son in connection
with me, that I might declare the good news about him to the
nations, I did not go at once into conference with flesh and blood.
17 Neither did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles previous to
me, but I went off into Arabia, and I came back again to Damascus.
18 Then three
years later I went up to Jerusalem to visit Ce'phas, and I stayed with him for
fifteen days. 19 But I saw no one else of the apostles, only James the
brother of the Lord. 20 Now as to the things I am writing YOU, look! in
the sight of God, I am not lying.
Galatians 1:23-24 23 they only used to
hear: "The man that formerly persecuted us is now declaring the good news
about the faith which he formerly devastated." 24 So they
began glorifying God because of me.
Galatians 2:1-5 Then after fourteen years
I again went up to Jerusalem with Bar'na·bas, taking also Titus along with me.
2 But I went up as a result of a revelation. And I laid before them
the good news which I am preaching among the nations, privately, however,
before those who were outstanding men, for fear that somehow I was running or
had run in vain. 3 Nevertheless, not even Titus, who was with me, was
compelled to be circumcised, although he was a Greek. 4 But because of
the false brothers brought in quietly, who sneaked in to spy upon our
freedom which we have in union with Christ Jesus, that they might completely
enslave us— 5 to these we
Galatians 2:6-7 6 But on the part of those
who seemed to be something—whatever sort of men they formerly were makes no
difference to me—God does not go by a man’s outward appearance—to me, in fact,
those outstanding men imparted nothing new. 7 But, on the contrary, when
they saw that I had entrusted to me the good news for those who are
uncircumcised, just as Peter [had it] for those who are circumcised—
Galatians 2:12-21 13 The rest of the Jews
also joined him in putting on this pretense, so that even Bar'na·bas was led
along with them in their pretense. 14 But when I saw they were not
walking straight according to the truth of the good news, I said
to Ce'phas before them all: "If you, though you are a Jew, live as the nations
do, and not as Jews do, how is it that you are compelling people of the nations
to live according to Jewish practice?"15 We who are Jews by nature, and
not sinners from the nations, 16 knowing as we do that a man is
declared righteous, not due to works of law, but only through faith toward
Christ Jesus, even we have put our faith in Christ Jesus, that we may be
declared righteous due to faith toward Christ, and not due to works of law,
because due to works of law no flesh will be declared righteous. 17
Now if we, in seeking to be declared righteous by means of Christ, have also
ourselves been found sinners, is Christ in reality sin’s minister? May that
never happen! 18 For if the very things that I once threw down I build up
again, I demonstrate myself to be a transgressor. 19 As for me, through
law I died toward law, that I might become alive toward God. 20 I
am impaled along with Christ. It is no longer I that live, but it is Christ that
is living in union with me. Indeed, the life that I now live in flesh I live by
the faith that is toward the Son of God, who loved me and handed himself over
for me. 21 I do not shove aside the undeserved kindness of God;
for if righteousness is through law, Christ actually died for nothing.
Galatians 3:7-9 Surely YOU
know that those who adhere to faith are the ones who are sons of Abraham.
8 Now the Scripture, seeing in advance that God would declare
people of the nations righteous due to faith, declared the good news
beforehand to Abraham, namely: "By means of you all the nations will be
blessed." 9 Consequently those who adhere to faith are being blessed
together with faithful Abraham.
Galatians 4:12-14 Brothers, I
beg YOU, Become as I am, because I used to be also as YOU are. YOU did me no
wrong. 13 But YOU know that it was through a sickness of my flesh I
declared the good news to YOU the first time. 14 And what was a
trial to YOU in my flesh, YOU did not treat with contempt or spit at in disgust;
but YOU received me like an angel of God, like Christ Jesus.
Ephesians 1:12-14 12 that we
should serve for the praise of his glory, we who have been first to hope in the
Christ. 13 But YOU also hoped in him after YOU heard the word of truth,
the good news about
YOUR salvation. By means of him also, after
YOU believed, YOU were sealed with the promised holy spirit, 14 which is
a token in advance of our inheritance, for the purpose of releasing by a ransom
[God’s] own possession, to his glorious praise.
Ephesians 2:14-18 15 By means of his
flesh he abolished the enmity, the Law of commandments consisting in decrees,
that he might create the two peoples in union with himself into one new man and
make peace; 16 and that he might fully reconcile both peoples in
one body to God through the torture stake, because he had killed off the enmity
by means of himself. 17 And he came and declared the
good news of peace to YOU, the ones far off, and
peace to those near, 18 because
through him we, both peoples, have the approach to the Father by one spirit.
Ephesians 3:5-12 5 In other
generations this [secret] was not made known to the sons of men as it has now
been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by spirit, 6
namely, that people of the nations should be joint heirs and fellow members of
the body and partakers with us of the promise in union with Christ Jesus through
the good news. 7 I became a minister of this according
to the free gift of the undeserved
kindness of God that was given me according to the way his power operates.
8 To me, a man
less than the least of all holy ones, this undeserved kindness was given,
that I should declare to the nations the good news about
the unfathomable riches of the Christ 9 and should make men see
how the sacred secret is administered which has from the
indefinite past been hidden in God, who created all things. 10 [This was]
to the end that now to the governments and the authorities in the heavenly
places there might be made known through the congregation the greatly
diversified wisdom of God, 11 according to the eternal purpose that
he formed in connection with the Christ, Jesus our Lord, 12 by means of
whom we have this freeness of speech and an approach with confidence through our
faith in him.
Ephesians 6:14-18 Stand firm, therefore,
with YOUR loins girded about with truth, and having on the breastplate of
righteousness, 15 and with YOUR feet shod with the equipment of the
good news of peace. 16 Above all things, take up the large
shield of faith, with which YOU will be able to quench all the wicked
one’s burning missiles. 17 Also, accept the helmet of salvation, and the
sword of the spirit, that is, God’s word, 18 while with every form of
prayer and supplication YOU carry on prayer on every occasion in spirit.
Ephesians 6:19-20 19 also for me, that
ability to speak may be given me with the opening of my mouth, with freeness of
speech to make known the sacred secret of the good news, 20 for
which I am acting as an ambassador in chains; that I may speak in connection
with it with boldness as I ought to speak.
Philippians 1:3-7 thank my God always upon
every remembrance of YOU 4 in every supplication of mine for all of YOU,
as I offer my supplication with joy, 5 because of the contribution YOU
have made to the good news from the first day until this moment. 6
For I am confident of this very thing, that he who started a good work in
YOU will carry it to completion until the day of Jesus Christ.
7 It is altogether right for me to think this regarding all of YOU, on
account of my having YOU in my heart, all of YOU being
sharers with me in the undeserved kindness, both in my [prison] bonds
and in the defending and legally establishing of
the good news.
Now I desire YOU to know, brothers, that my affairs have turned out for the
advancement of the good news rather than otherwise, 13 so that my
bonds have become public knowledge in association with Christ among all the
Prae·to'ri·an Guard and all the rest; 14 and most of the brothers in
[the] Lord, feeling confidence by reason of my [prison] bonds, are showing all
the more courage to speak the word of God fearlessly.
Philippians 1:15-20 True,
some are preaching the Christ through envy and rivalry, but others
also through goodwill. 16 The latter are publicizing the Christ
out of love, for they know I am set here for the defense of the
good news; 17 but the former do it out of contentiousness, not with a
pure motive, for they are supposing to stir up tribulation [for me] in my
[prison] bonds. 18 What then? [Nothing,] except that in every way,
whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is being publicized, and
in this I rejoice. In fact, I will also keep on rejoicing, 19 for I know
this will result in my salvation through YOUR supplication and a supply of the
spirit of Jesus Christ, 20 in harmony with my eager expectation and hope
that I shall not be ashamed in any respect, but that in all
freeness of speech Christ will, as always before, so now be magnified by means
of my body, whether through life or through death.
Philippians 1:27-28 27 Only
behave in a manner worthy of the good news about the Christ,
in order that, whether I come and see YOU or be absent, I may hear about the
things which concern YOU, that YOU are standing firm in one spirit, with
one soul striving side by side for the faith of the
good news, 28
Philippians 2:21-24 22 But YOU know the proof he
gave of himself, that like a child with a father he slaved with me in
furtherance of the good news. 23 This, therefore, is the man I am
hoping to send just as soon as I have seen how things stand concerning me. 24
Indeed, I am confident in [the] Lord that I myself shall also come shortly.
Philippians 4:3-5 Yes, I
request you too, genuine yokefellow, keep assisting these [women] who have
striven side by side with me in the good news along with Clement as well
as the rest of my fellow workers, whose
names are in the book of life.
4 Always rejoice
in [the] Lord. Once more I will say, Rejoice! 5
Nevertheless, YOU acted well in becoming sharers with me in my tribulation.
15 In fact, YOU Phi·lip'pi·ans, also know that at [the] start of declaring
the good news, when I departed from Mac·e·do'ni·a, not a congregation
took a share with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except YOU alone;
Philippians 4:19-20 19 In turn, my
God will fully supply all YOUR need to the extent of his riches in
glory by means of Christ Jesus.
Colossians 1:3-6 We thank God the
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ always when we pray for YOU, 4 since we
heard of YOUR faith in connection with Christ Jesus and the love
YOU have for all the holy ones 5 because of the hope that is being
reserved for YOU in the heavens. This [hope] YOU heard of before
by the telling of the truth of that good news 6 which has
presented itself to YOU, even as it is bearing fruit and increasing in all the
world just as [it is doing] also among YOU, from the day YOU heard and
accurately knew the undeserved kindness of God in
Colossians 1:21-23 Indeed, YOU who
were once alienated and enemies because YOUR minds were on the works that were
wicked, 22 he now has again reconciled by means of that one’s fleshly
body through [his] death, in order to present YOU holy and unblemished and open
to no accusation before him, 23 provided, of course, that YOU
continue in the faith, established on the foundation and steadfast
and not being shifted away from the hope of that good news which
YOU heard, and which was preached in all creation that is under
heaven. Of this [good news] I
Paul became a minister.
1 Thessalonians 1:2-7 We always
thank God when we make mention concerning all of YOU in our prayers, 3
for we bear incessantly in mind YOUR faithful work and [your] loving labor
and [your] endurance due to [your] hope in our Lord Jesus Christ before our God
and Father. 4 For we know, brothers loved by God, his choosing of
YOU, 5 because the good news we preach did not turn up among YOU
with speech alone but also with power and with holy spirit and strong
conviction, just as YOU know what sort of men we became to YOU for YOUR sakes;
6 and YOU became imitators of us and of the Lord, seeing that YOU
accepted the word under much tribulation with joy of holy spirit, 7 so
that YOU came to be an example to all the believers in
Mac·e·do'ni·a and in A·cha'ia.
1 Thessalonians 2:1-4 2 To be
sure, YOU yourselves know, brothers, how our visit to YOU has not been without
results, 2 but how, after we had first suffered and been insolently
treated (just as YOU know) in Phi·lip'pi, we mustered up boldness by means of
our God to speak to YOU the good news of God with a great deal of
struggling. 3 For the exhortation we give does not arise from error or
from uncleanness or with deceit, 4 but, just as we have been proved by
God as fit to be entrusted with the good news, so we speak, as pleasing,
not men, but God, who makes proof of our hearts.
1 Thessalonians 2:7-12 8 So,
having a tender affection for YOU, we were well pleased to impart to YOU, not
only the good news of God, but also our own souls, because YOU became
beloved to us.
YOU bear in mind, brothers, our labor and toil. It was with working night and
day, so as not to put an expensive burden upon any one of YOU, that we preached
the good news of God to YOU. 10 YOU are witnesses, God is also,
how loyal and righteous and unblamable we proved to be to YOU believers. 11
In harmony with that YOU well know how, as a father does his children, we
kept exhorting each one of YOU,
and consoling and bearing witness to YOU, 12 to the end that YOU should
go on walking worthily of God who is calling YOU to his kingdom and glory.
1 Thessalonians 3:1-2 Hence, when
we could bear it no longer, we saw good to be left alone in Athens; 2 and
we sent Timothy, our brother and God’s minister in the good news
about the Christ, in order to make
YOU firm and comfort YOU in behalf of YOUR faith,
2 Thessalonians 1:7-10 7 but,
to YOU who suffer tribulation, relief along with us at the revelation of the
Lord Jesus from heaven with his powerful angels 8 in a flaming fire, as
he brings vengeance upon those who do not know God and those who do not obey
the good news about our Lord Jesus. 9 These
very ones will undergo the judicial punishment of everlasting destruction from
before the Lord and from the glory of his strength, 10 at the time he
comes to be glorified in connection with his holy ones and to be regarded in
that day with wonder in connection with all those who exercised faith,
because the witness we gave met with faith among
2 Thessalonians 2:13-14 13 However, we are
obligated to thank God always for YOU, brothers loved by Jehovah, because God
selected YOU from [the] beginning for salvation by sanctifying YOU with spirit
and by YOUR faith in the truth. 14 To this very destiny he called YOU
through the good news we declare, for the purpose of acquiring
the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ
1 Timothy 1:8-15 8 Now we know that the
Law is fine provided one handles it lawfully 9 in the knowledge of this
fact, that law is promulgated, not for a righteous man, but for persons lawless
and unruly, ungodly and sinners, lacking loving-kindness, and profane, murderers
of fathers and murderers of mothers, manslayers, 10 fornicators, men who
lie with males, kidnappers, liars, false swearers, and whatever other thing is
in opposition to the healthful teaching 11 according to the glorious
good news of the happy God, with which I was entrusted.
12 I am
grateful to Christ Jesus our Lord, who imparted power to me, because he
considered me faithful by assigning me to a ministry, 13
although formerly I was a blasphemer and a persecutor and an insolent man.
Nevertheless, I was shown mercy, because I was ignorant and acted with a
lack of faith. 14 But the undeserved kindness of our Lord abounded
exceedingly along with faith and love that is in connection with Christ Jesus.
15 Faithful and deserving of full acceptance is the saying that Christ
Jesus came into the world to save sinners. Of these I am foremost.
2 Timothy 1:7-12 8 Therefore do not become
ashamed of the witness about our Lord, neither of me a prisoner
for his sake, but take your part in suffering evil for the good news
according to the power of God. 9 He saved us and called us with a
holy calling, not by reason of our works, but by reason of his own purpose and
undeserved kindness. This was given us in connection with Christ Jesus before
times long lasting, 10 but now it has been made clearly evident through
the manifestation of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has abolished death but has
shed light upon life and incorruption through the good news,
11 for which I was appointed a preacher and apostle and teacher.
For this very cause I am also suffering these things, but I am not ashamed.
For I know the one whom I have believed, and I am confident he is able
to guard what I have laid up in trust with him until that day.
2 Timothy 2:8-9 Remember that Jesus
Christ was raised up from the dead and was of David’s seed, according to
the good news I preach; 9 in connection with which I am
suffering evil to the point of [prison] bonds as an evildoer.
Philemon 13 would like to hold him back
for myself that in place of you he might keep on ministering to me in the
[prison] bonds I bear for the sake of the good news.
Hebrews 4:1-7 Therefore, since a promise
is left of entering into his rest, let us fear that sometime someone of YOU may
seem to have fallen short of it. 2 For we have had the good news
declared to us also, even as they also had; but the word which was heard did not
benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who did hear.
3 For we who have exercised faith do enter into the rest, just
as he has said: "So I swore in my anger, ‘They shall not enter into my rest,’"
although his works were finished from the founding of the world. 4 For in
one place he has said of the seventh day as follows: "And God rested on the
seventh day from all his works," 5 and again in this place: "They shall
not enter into my rest."6 Since, therefore, it remains for some to enter
into it, and those to whom the good news was first declared did not enter
in because of disobedience, 7
1 Peter 1:10-12 10 Concerning
this very salvation a diligent inquiry and a careful search were made by the
prophets who prophesied about the undeserved kindness meant for
YOU. 11 They kept on investigating what particular season or what
sort of [season] the spirit in them was indicating concerning Christ when
it was bearing witness beforehand about the sufferings for Christ and about the
glories to follow these. 12 It was revealed to them that, not to
themselves, but to YOU, they were ministering the things that have now been
announced to YOU through those who have declared the good news to YOU
with holy spirit sent forth from heaven. Into these
very things angels are desiring to peer.
1 Peter 1:24-25
For "all flesh is like grass, and all its glory is
like a blossom of grass; the grass becomes withered, and the flower falls off,
25 but the saying of Jehovah endures forever." Well, this is the
"saying," this which has been declared to YOU as good news.
1 Peter 4:5-6 But these people will
render an account to the one ready to judge those living and those dead.
6 In fact, for this purpose the good news was declared also to the
dead, that they might be judged as to the flesh from the standpoint of men but
might live as to the spirit from the standpoint of God.
1 Peter 4:17-19 Now if it starts first
with us, what will the end be of those who are not obedient to the good news
of God? 18 "And if the righteous [man] is being saved with
difficulty, where will the ungodly [man] and the sinner make a showing?"
19 So, then, also let those who are suffering in harmony with the will of
God keep on commending their souls to a faithful Creator while they are doing
Revelation 10:7but in the days of the
sounding of the seventh angel, when he is about to blow his trumpet, the sacred
secret of God according to the good news which he declared to his own
slaves the prophets is indeed brought to a finish."
Revelation 14:6-7 And I saw another
angel flying in midheaven, and he had everlasting good news to declare as
glad tidings to those who dwell on the earth, and to every nation and tribe and
tongue and people, 7 saying in a loud voice: "FEAR
God and give him glory, because the hour of the judgment by him has arrived, and
so worship the One who made the heaven and the earth and sea and fountains of
Do you believe on their