What a strange title for a book which re-tells the story told
in the Bible! It is not so strange as it seems; there is a
reason for it, and that reason goes to the heart of the matter.
The word gospel is well-known; it is part of the
title of four books in the Bible, and occurs over a hundred
times in the New Testament. That portion of the Bible was
written in the Greek language, and its writers used the word
evangellion which is represented in English by the word gospel.
Why did the translators choose this particular word? Evangellizo
means to declare good news, and evangellion, the good news
itself. When the word gospel was selected to represent
it the translators really made a happy choice, for in earlier
days that word meant a good story. It should be noted that
the Anglo-Saxon word for God is akin to that for good. To-day
gospel means glad tidings, especially the good
news concerning Christ, the Kingdom of God, and salvation.
The second part of the word gospel is spell, another
Anglo-Saxon word for saying or story.
Thus the gospel involves the idea of Gods Story, and
that is what it is desired to tell in as simple a way as possible.
a very real sense the story told in the Bible is Gods
Spell, or story. No one else could have told it, for it begins
at a time when there was no man to write it down, and it finishes
in a future which none but God could foresee.
Bible is a wonderful book, and tells a wonderful story.
Actually it tells many stories which combine to form
a history, the greatness of which is not seen until the end
is reached, and the kingdoms of this world become the
kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ. In telling this
story many thrilling incidents will have to be related; the
best and the worst of men will be seen, and through it all
one unchanging purpose will become apparent, beginning
at the very beginning and ending with the introduction of
an end that will never end.
the blessing of the Almighty God, the Ruler of heaven and
earth, rest upon this attempt to retell the wonderful
story of the dealings of God with men.
Unless otherwise shown, all Bible quotations in this book
are from the Revised Version