Friday, January 10, 2014

The Gospel

Grace to you and peace 
from God our Father 
and the Lord Jesus Christ,
who gave himself for our sins 
to deliver us from the present evil age, 
according to the will of our God and Father,
to whom be the glory forever and ever. 
Galatians 1:3-5 (ESV)

I read these verses this morning.  They encouraged me.

Let's look at the gospel message they explain:

The Lord Jesus Christ gave Himself for our sins.  This, of course, refers to how He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross (Philippians 2:8).

Jesus did this according to the will of God.  It was God's plan.  

God planned it; Jesus implemented it; the Holy Spirit delivers it.
"The present evil age" is where we live today, but it is not where we will live forever.

He has delivered us from the domain of darkness 
and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,  
in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Colossians 1:13-14 (ESV)

The Gospel is very simple, yet somehow very difficult for some to grasp.

God created humanity so He could display His glory and grace.
Humanity rejected God and pridefully tried to usurp His position.
God was prepared for this; He knew it would happen and He had a plan.
His plan was Jesus, who sacrificed Himself to pay the debt for the sins of all mankind.
Those who hear God's voice will turn to Jesus for mercy and forgiveness. 
Any who come to Him, He will never turn away. 
They will be filled with His Spirit and receive eternal life in His Kingdom. 

You can read more about it here.

Or you can listen to this song

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