Frank Viola recently interviewed New Testament scholar Scot McKnight on his book The King Jesus Gospel. I have written recently on 9 aspects of the gospel that go beyond justification or heaven and this interview in a way follows a similar line of thought.
The gospel isn’t a “plan” as much as it is a Person.
Yes, the gospel is a plan. But this plan transcends the common understanding of many Christians. Your personal salvation is not the grand goal of that plan, especially if salvation is merely understood as going to heaven. The plan from God’s point of view is something like this: “How can I impart this Person into millions of chosen yet fallen human beings so that I can be glorified?”
The plan and the Person coincide.