What is The Gospel

Author: Ursinus, Zacharias (1534-1583)

In this article, Zacharias Ursinus exposits and expands question and answer 19 of the Heidelberg Catechism, of which he was the primary author. In greater detail, he defines the term “gospel” and what Christians mean when they speak of the Gospel. As a further supplement, he describes the history of the Gospel as a doctrine, and what part the Gospel plays in the life of the church. Concerning church practice, he outlines how the Gospel differs from the Law, the stated rules and standards of the faith. Along with plenty of scripture references, he includes brief discussions of several Greek words relevant to both scripture and the Catechism itself.

Kathleen O’Bannon
CCEL Staff