Good News From God’s Word
The word “Gospel” is a Bible word that literally means “good news!”
This good news is the theme and focus of God’s Word!
Since everyone likes to receive good news – and many times it can be hard to come by – it is encouraging to know that God’s primary message is not a negative one but a positive one!
It all begins in the beginning:
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” Genesis 1:1
Contrary to popular theories, everything was created less than 10,000 years ago. The universe (which is limited by time, space, and matter) was created by an infinite God, Who is not limited by these constructs. This record is found in the Bible, in Genesis chapters 1 and 2.
When God created the first man, he was not an evolved animal but a creation made in the image of God, into whom He breathed the breath of life “and man became a living soul.” Genesis 2:7
This answers an important question of life: Why am I here?
Each individual has knowledge of the fact that life is not the product of a cosmic accident. God created mankind in His image to have a relationship with Him.
"19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:" Romans 1:19-20
“. . . thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” Revelation 4:11b
"That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ." 1 John 1:3
The good news is that there is a God, and He loves everyone – He loves you!
It is because of a desire to love and be loved that God created mankind in the beginning. It was also out of this desire that He chose to give mankind a free will and even the opportunity to love or spurn Him. Without free will and the opportunity to exercise free will, real love would not have been possible (since real love involves choice).
Unfortunately, an unavoidable byproduct of free will is the opportunity to reject God, His love, His plan, and ultimately His offer of eternal life.
When the first man and woman were created they were given one prohibition:
“But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it:
for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” Genesis 2:17
It was their opportunity to exercise free will. When they both chose to disobey, it was the first time mankind chose to sin or transgress a law of God. 1 John 3:4b “. . . sin is the transgression of the law.”
Though physical death did not immediately come upon them, they died spiritually that day. Immediately, that sin caused a separation between them and God – it broke their fellowship with their Creator. The blood of animals was then shed to provide them clothing to cover the shame of their sin and the nakedness that they suddenly knew.
“Unto Adam and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.” Genesis 3:21
From that point forward the shedding of blood was God’s requirement in order for sins to be covered.
“. . . without shedding of blood is no remission.” Hebrews 9:22b
It was by this means that mankind was reminded of the consequences of wrongdoing while also providing a way to restore fellowship with God. It is important to note that God continued - and still continues - to love and desire a relationship with mankind, though every person born has chosen to break His laws and commandments.
God proved His love toward mankind when He made it possible for everyone to be eternally reconciled to Him - regardless of sinful words, thoughts, or deeds. The shedding of the blood of animals was a precursor and foreshadowing of a sacrifice that would be made to atone for the sins of all mankind. Many animals were sacrificed, “but when the fulness of time was come, God sent forth His Son” (Galations 4:4a) to be that ultimate sacrifice for sins. After the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, no longer was there a requirement for the shedding of the blood of animals! Jesus took the penalty for all as the spotless "Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world." (John 1:29)
“. . . we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once [for all].” Hebrews 10:10
He was the fulfillment of thousands of years of Old Testament prophecies, and the only permanent solution that could forever mend the breach that sin had caused in mankind’s fellowship with God. Jesus was the first and only man to live and die without sin. (Those closest to Him testified to this fact.) Being born of a virgin, he did not have a sin nature as every other child has. Being God in human flesh, He resisted temptation, though He was tempted like every other man.
“For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities;
but was in all points tempted like as [we are, yet] without sin.” Hebrews 4:15
He then chose to allow Himself to be crucified so that the sins of the world could be placed on Him.
"Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us:" 1 John 3:16a
God offers the righteousness (sinlessness) of Jesus to be placed on the account of those that put their faith in Him for the forgiveness of sins and eternal life.
The transaction is simple: His righteousness in exchange for the sins of every sinner that will believe in Him.
“For he hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no sin;
that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21
Just like one man’s sin (Adam’s) brought sin and separation from God into the world, so one man’s sinlessness (Jesus') brought the opportunity for the scales to be balanced and eternal reconciliation with God to be made.
“For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.” Romans 5:19
That is good news!
Now the question comes:
What will you do with this Good News?
God’s Word is clear: The gift of eternal life must be personally received.
Religion does not bring reconciliation to God. Church membership, being a good person, loving one’s neighbor, and baptism all equally fail to bring reconciliation to God. These are all good things, but faith alone in Christ alone brings forgiveness of sins.
"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Not of works, lest any man should boast." Ephesians 2:8-9
Jesus described the choice to receive this gift of salvation as a spiritual birth.
“Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3b
It comes down to this:
1. We are all sinners.
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” Romans 3:23
2. Sin, undealt with, brings death.
(eternal separation from God in a lake of fire created for the devil and the other fallen angels)
“For the wages of sin is death;” Romans 6:23a
“And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” Revelation 20:14-15
“Then shall he say unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire,
prepared for the devil and his angels:” Matthew 25:41
3. God loves everyone.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
4. Everyone that calls on the Lord to receive salvation, is reconciled to God.
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:13
“. . . Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, . .” Acts 16:31
God desires each person to have a real personal relationship with Him every day of this life and throughout all of eternity!
It is unfortunate that the only other option – eternal separation from God - is chosen by so many.
Some believe ABOUT Jesus but refuse to receive His gift of salvation. Others refuse to believe God’s Word at all. In any case, Jesus experienced one of the most horrific deaths imaginable, sent by His Father to die as the only Way for mankind to have forgiveness. Should it really be surprising then that those that would reject the sacrifice of Christ the Son would be rejected by God the Father?
“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life;
but the wrath of God abideth on him.” John 3:36
Forgiveness was made available at great cost to God the Father and God the Son. Yet, it was the only way a righteous God could accept unrighteous man into a perfect Heaven. Again, God has given each individual a free will.
What will you do with Jesus? Eternity hangs in the balance. . .
If you have not already done so, you can make this good news your own today!
Simply call out to the Lord by faith and accept His gift of forgiveness and eternal life!
You can pray in your own words, or pray something like this:
“Dear God, I know I’m a sinner. I understand that my sins have separated me from you. Thank you for sending Jesus to take my penalty. I believe He died for me and rose again the third day. Today I want to accept your gift of eternal life. Please forgive my sins! Thank you for saving me! In Jesus’ name, amen.”
If you have prayed to receive forgiveness through faith in Jesus, you can be assured - based on the Word of God - that you have been reconciled to God and Heaven is your home!
“These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God;
that ye may know that ye have eternal life, . .” 1 John 5:13
This is the most important decision, because it is an eternal one! How exciting to know that it is settled!
One of the best things you could do now is share that good news with others!
Perhaps you even know of a friend or loved one that has been praying for you?
What an encouragement it could be to them if you let them know that you have personally accepted Jesus as your Savior!
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