i concluded my last post with the thought that when i finally began to understand the Gospel i was changed. the gospel does that, it changes you.
this Gospel is what some of the church has lost. but it is the key to true freedom.
having come to the place of spiritual meltdown, a friend pursued me and allowed me to vent, and confess, and cry. honestly, i was acting very unbalanced at the time and i look back at that time with embarrassment, yet my friend continued to reach out with concern and LOVE. after an hour of dumping my inner life on him i half expected him to reject me as i had come to believe God had done but he didn’t and that is when the door opened to me in understanding the reality of the Gospel. understanding the expansive LOVE of God is the key to understanding the gospel.
God in LOVE chose us before the foundation of the world.
God in LOVE created a means to restore a broken fellowship with Him in spite of the ugliness of our sin and our rejection of Him as our God.
God in LOVE took the form of a human being and chose, in JESUS, to suffer the everyday sufferings of all that is human.
God in JESUS healed the sick, fed the multitudes, freed the demon oppressed, and brought people back from the dead.
God in JESUS suffered humiliation, rejection from friends, betrayal, shame, incredible physical pain, and the crushing weight of the gross, horrific, repulsive sin that we commit every day. God took all the sin we would ever commit and in JESUS, made restitution with HIS BLOOD, now freeing us from the penalty of sin forever.
And to prove that this last sacrifice was sufficient for all time God in JESUS rose from the dead.
When we come to understand and accept this we are now in JESUS.
JESUS did all that we can never do. God loves us unconditionally because of JESUS.
God in JESUS has made us fully justified, completely righteous, forever holy. We are free from our sin, free from any wrath from God, free to become what God is calling us to be. we are also free to fail and get back up. we are even free to sin but the deeper our understanding of God’s LOVE in JESUS the less we seek sin and the more we seek Him.
The reality is we don’t do anything to earn our salvation, nor do we do anything to keep it. Blessings come because of JESUS not because i am good. everything in our relationship with God is because of JESUS.
JESUS is the key. JESUS is the reality of God’s LOVE.
once i saw that, i was free from the bondage of self-serving religiosity. do i still screw up? every day, but my salvation is not about how good i am getting, it has always been about how perfect JESUS is.
JESUS is the GOSPEL, the GOOD NEWS of God’s great LOVE.