What is the Gospel?

At its core, the gospel is the manifestation of God’s eternal plan of redemption. Paul summarized that plan in his letter to the Galatians: “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons” (Galatians 4:4-5). When considering this salvific plan, it is helpful to define it in terms of its essence, extent, effect, and end.