Yet, if all of this is the case, then what does the word mean when used in the gospels? Specifically, what "euangelion" was Jesus preaching during his lifetime? For example, look at the following verses from the gospels:
Matt. 9:35 Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news (euangelion) of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness.
Mark 1:14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news (euangelion) of God.Was he preaching of his death and resurrection and how it would nullify the effects of sin? The context does not seem to support this. In fact, whenever Jesus does talk about his own death and resurrection, people don't seem to understand. Instead, it appears as if the gospel preached by Jesus is the coming of the Kingdom of God. So, this raises another question, what is the Kingdom of God and is it all that different from Paul's Gospel?
My remarks can only be preliminary, but there seem to be some similarities and differences between the Kingdom of God and Paul's gospel of the defeat of sin and death through the cross of Christ.
In the coming of the Kingdom of God, Jesus exercises authority on behalf of God. That authority extends to the forgiveness of sins (healing of the paralytic), the natural world (nature miracles), sickness (healings), demons (exorcisms), interpretation of the law (sabbath, sermon on the mount), and even death (raising of the dead). Of these, it appears the Paul latches on to the themes of sin and death. Yet, does Paul nullify these other areas of the coming of the Kingdom of God. I don't think so, instead, he focuses on the exclamation point of the Kingdom of God, namely the ultimate defeat of death and vindication of Jesus as seen in the crucifixion and resurrection. What unfortunately often happens is that people focus on Paul's gospel, which can be very individualized, and often neglect the Kingdom of God, which is by definition communal. What say you?