What is the GOSPEL?

An old college friend posted this question on Facebook, “What is the GOSPEL?”

It’s so wonderful to have a church with an historic book of confessions. Below is my posted “comment”/response:

God’s saving mercy, the work and gifts of God alone.

Or to put it more specifically from the Formula of Concord, Solid Declaration, V, 20:

The content of the Gospel is this, that the Son of God, Christ our Lord, himself assumed and bore the curse of the law and expiated and paid for all our sins, that through him alone we reenter the good graces of God, obtain forgiveness of sins through faith, are freed from death and all the punishments of sin, and are saved eternally.

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