The Good News
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. That is in the bible, in the book of John. John 3:16 to be exact. And that is amazingly GOOD NEWS!
Who is Jesus to you? If you died today, do you know where you’d go? If you answered “Heaven”, or more likely “Heaven I hope”, let me ask you, why do you think God would let you into heaven? If you answered “Because I’m a good person” read on.
It is important to first explain why we even need a Savior in the first place. Our God is a holy-holy righteous God and will not permit Himself to be in the presence of sin or sinful people. God tells us in (Romans 3:23) “we have all sinned” and then in (Romans 6:23) “the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is Christ Jesus or Lord”. Because of our sin, we had no way back to God, but He loved us so much “he gave His only begotten Son, that who so ever believes in Him shall not perish but have ever lasting life" (John 3:16).
So you being “a good person” unfortunately, won’t cut it. But knowing this, He sent His Son here to live a sinless life and to die in our place for our sins. He did for us what we could not do for ourselves, because he had no sin of His own. This is a free gift to all “if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9).
Two important verses to understand: “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9). Think of that! This is a gift from God himself, the most precious gift the world has ever known. The gift of salvation, forgiveness of sin, and eternal life.
As with any gift, we have to accept it. We do this by admitting we’re a sinner that can not save ourselves and we need a Savior. We receive this gift by putting our total trust and faith in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.
There is nothing at all that can be added to this. No works, no promise of works, no sacraments, no baptisms nor anything else. NOTHING!
A gift is a TAKE and not a GIVE proposition. If a person has to do anything, then salvation becomes a reward and not a gift and Christ died in vain. Salvation is step one with nothing added to it. It is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone that your sins are forgiven (past, present, and future). Thank you Lord!
Salvation is step one and our good works / discipleship is step two. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10). When you accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, you take on the righteousness of Christ and receive the power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38, Romans 8:9). With the help of the Holy Spirit now residing in your heart, He will help guide you in all things. Through your obedience and love for Him, you are able to live a more righteous life, turning from your sins and doing the good works that you are called to do. Becoming a disciple of Christ surrendered to Him, should be the goal of every believer.
Remember, we’re all a work in progress. There will be times when we fail, but thank God we have a God full of grace and mercy. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9). 4/2/2022
Now, that’s some GOOD NEWS!