Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The "G" (Gospel)

I have noticed a significant change in my life. I am happy, joyful,confident, passionate and excited. I am fired up and have a fire in my bones that cant be put out. When I think about it, I can't help but to proclaim it. When I hear about it, I want to shout it. When I understand it; it changes everything.

 The Gospel. Something in our era, that is either assumed or taken granted for.
It is the story of Gods relentless pursuit of rebels, like me and like you.

We are sinners. We deserve death.Punishment. Eternal separation. We are unclean and therefore can not be in the presence of a Just God. There is nothing that we can do for him to love us. Our best works are as filthy rags( Isaiah 64:6) You're a sinner, I am sinner. We are enemies of the creator. Period. -this is bad news.

There is one God, who made us in his image male and female. He knew us and loved us, cared and provided for us and then we sinned against him. We wanted to be our own god, so we turned our back on him to sin, Satan, death and hell. He could have let us go that route( If that’s what you’ve chosen that’s what you get.)but he didnt. God is loving, passionate gracious, and caring, he didn’t just stand by and watch it happen, but entered into it as Jesus Christ wrapping himself in flesh. Coming as a person he took responsibility for our faults. He suffered and was tempted as we are. We treated him horribly. We laughed at him. We mocked him. We spit at him and then he went to the cross and we killed him. He took our sins upon him; past present and future. Dying as a substitute on the cross, in our place and for our sins. Three days later Christ rose again conquering sin, Satan and death; Forgiving us, and embracing us.

We no longer have to worry about what we have to do, because Christ has already done it.  There is now no condemnation, guilt, and shame. Though our condition is bad, our position is in Christ."He who knew no sin became sin, so that we may become the righteousness of God" (2 Cor 5:21).Though we are more terrible and wicked then we could ever imagine, God loves us more then we could ever hope or dream. This is very good news.

Though we are justified, we are continually being sanctified and one day glorified. The grace doesn't stop at the Cross, it only begins there.We are still sinners. We are still in need for grace; that never changes.  We are beggars telling other beggars where to find bread.When we understand the implications of the Gospel, it changes everything. The Gospel sets the non-Christians free from the penalty of sin, and the Gospel sets the christian free from the power of sin. The Gospel is the center of everything that we do.

are you with me?

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