Good News!

What is the “good news” of the gospel?

When you think of God, is the first thing that comes to your mind “good” or “bad?” Did you know that the whole New Testament is supposed to be known as the GOOD news of the gospel of grace? Look it up! I just finished reading from Matthew-Acts and am about to start in Romans and here are a few bits of “good news” that I have to share! 💕

•God… the same one who created the whole world, who designed it for us to seek after Him, the “Creator,” came to earth in the form of a man… Jesus.

Jesus came to undo what Adam un-did thousands of years ago, which was a perfect relationship with God and man. God wants a personal, intimate relationship with YOU, and He sent Jesus to make that possible!

•Before Jesus came, man had the Law as their only way to keep pure consciences. If they lived by the law, they obviously lived guilt free, but when they failed, they would offer sacrifices to “cleanse” them of that sin-guilt, but that was only temporary (until the next time they sinned.) It was a cycle that turned into a religion itself of law keeping and rituals.

BUT JESUS, was sent by God to this earth to fulfil the law, which meant He lived a morally perfect life. He faced every obstacle we have today, yet remained innocent of ever engaging in wrong doing. He gave Himself on the cross as the final “sacrifice” for sins and because He was God’s Son and completely righteous, He arose from the grave three days later and now sits at the right hand of God in Heaven! He proved there was a glorious, resurrection life after death and shows us the way!

•Now not only do the Jews (who were, according to the Old Testament, God’s people) have access to eternal life in Heaven, but so does the rest of the world! Once Jesus died as a sacrifice for sin, He took our judgement and made it His. (1 Thess.5:9) We now, through faith in Jesus Christ, (God’s Son) can be declared righteous before God and can live with Him forever in Heaven!

God is a loving Father who made a way for us to SO easily live in perfect peace, joy and love with Him eternally. It wasn’t easy on His part… He sacrificed His ultimate treasure to have us. But now when He looks at His children, He doesn’t see our sins… Jesus’ shed blood cleanses us from those. Crazy right?! All He can see is His Son… “your life is hidden with Christ” (Col. 3:3)… so that means you are made perfectly and righteously acceptable for Heaven!

•The Holy Spirit (Spirit of God) was sent for our advantage… Jesus told us that He had to leave (this world) in order for the Comforter to come, which is the Holy Spirit. (John 16:7) The Holy Spirit will reveal to us that the sin of unbelief in Jesus Christ is in our lives and He is the way to God. We need God/Jesus, because apart from Jesus’ sacrifice, there’s no way we could enter a perfect Heaven through our own righteousness because no one is perfect. Once we decide to:

believe in Jesus Christ as Lord,

be baptized (which is only for our good, not a requirement… the thief on the cross beside Jesus believed in Him and was never baptized but was told “today you will be with me in paradise”)

and ask the Holy Spirit (the actual Spirit of God) to live in our hearts we are declared righteous before the Father. That’s good news!

The Holy Spirit is constantly convincing God’s children of their righteousness through Jesus Christ. Our consciences do a good job of telling us our faults, but Holy Spirit is saying, “You’re my child! I’m your Father! You are forever mine, I love you, and I will constantly be a comfort to you any time you need me!” How much easier is it to live life alongside an encouraging spouse or be a child with an encouraging parent as opposed to having one that is constantly pointing out your faults and failures? You get to grow into the brilliant human you were created to be when you know you are fully loved and encouraged throughout this not-so-easy life. If God created it that way with our daily interactions with family, then it is even much more so with God the Holy Spirit who IS love! We humans can love {imperfectly} as husbands/wives and parents/children but God loves us with complete perfection and that can be felt through the power of His Holy Spirit living inside of us. When we are supernaturally and mentally perfected in the love of Christ, we have no fear of the future. We know we are loved and wanted by the Creator of the Universe and He alone has all power and authority, so what do we have to fear?! Plus the Holy Spirit provides multiple gifts for His children that help us in our everyday lives to live confidently and boldly alongside Him! He has every aspect of our lives covered and reassures us that if we rest in Him, He will provide our every need! That’s also GOOD news!

There is SO much I’m learning, and I’m just now getting to Romans! I can’t wait to share more of what I find! Until then, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them!!

If you don’t know how to get started in a relationship with God, here is a simple but powerful prayer that can change your life. I also encourage you to seek Him on a personal level through reading the Bible and talking to Him on a daily basis! Be real and share with Him all of your thoughts, wants and needs. He’s such a close friend that will never leave your side.

Prayer:

God, I believe in Your Son, Jesus Christ. I know that I want my life to look differently than it does right now, so I receive Your promise of hope for my future and the ability you give to change my circumstances. You have overcome sin so that I can as well. Lead me into the peace, joy and love that you give. Let Your Holy Spirit flow abundantly in my life so that I never fear, but have confidence in my future because of what you accomplished on the cross. Lead me into deeper understanding of who You are. Guide my thoughts, especially when they try to take me back to where I came from. Through You, I can overcome. Thank you for Your promise of salvation to anyone who believes. I receive You and the peace that you give. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

John 14:27

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33