The Real Gospel — Part 9
It is not true that God will have nothing to do with us when we have a sin in our lives.
In the 5th chapter of Paul’s letter to the Church at Rome, Paul showed God’s attitude toward us.
Romans 5:1-2 declare that:
“By entering through faith into what GOD HAS ALWAYS WANTED TO DO FOR US — SET US RIGHT WITH HIM, make us fit for him — WE HAVE IT ALL TOGETHER WITH GOD BECAUSE OF OUR MASTER JESUS.
And that’s not all: WE THROW OPEN OUR DOORS TO GOD AND DISCOVER AT THE SAME MOMENT THAT HE HAS ALREADY THROWN OPEN HIS DOOR TO US.
We find ourselves standing WHERE WE ALWAYS HOPED WE MIGHT STAND — out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, STANDING TALL AND SHOUTING OUR PRAISE.”
This is how the New Living Translation puts these verses:
“Therefore, since WE HAVE BEEN MADE RIGHT IN GOD’S SIGHT BY FAITH, WE HAVE PEACE WITH GOD because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.
BECAUSE OF OUR FAITH (not our efforts to be acceptable in the sight of God), Christ has brought us into this place of UNDESERVED PRIVILEGE WHERE WE NOW STAND, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.” (BRACKETS ARE MINE.)
WE HAVE PEACE WITH GOD!
In Romans 5:6-8 Paul continued to say,
“Christ arrives right on time to make this happen. HE DIDN’T, AND DOESN’T, WAIT FOR US TO GET READY.
He presented himself for this sacrificial death WHEN WE WERE FAR TOO WEAK AND REBELLIOUS TO DO ANYTHING TO GET OURSELVES READY.
And even if we hadn’t been so weak, we wouldn’t have known what to do anyway.
We can understand someone dying for a person worth dying for, and we can understand how someone good and noble could inspire us to selfless sacrifice.
BUT GOD PUT HIS LOVE ON THE LINE FOR US BY OFFERING HIS SON IN SACRIFICIAL DEATH WHILE WE WERE OF NO USE WHATEVER TO HIM.”
THIS IS LOVE!
Check Romans 5:9-11 where Paul said:
“NOW THAT WE ARE SET RIGHT WITH GOD by means of this sacrificial death, the consummate blood sacrifice, THERE IS NO LONGER A QUESTION OF BEING AT ODDS WITH GOD IN ANY WAY.
IF, WHEN WE WERE AT OUR WORST, WE WERE PUT ON FRIENDLY TERMS WITH GOD by the sacrificial death of his Son, NOW THAT WE’RE AT OUR BEST, just think of how our lives will expand and deepen by means of his resurrection life!
NOW THAT WE HAVE ACTUALLY RECEIVED THIS AMAZING FRIENDSHIP WITH GOD, we are no longer content to simply say it in plodding prose. We sing and shout our praises to God through Jesus, the Messiah!”
In 2 Corinthians 5:16-20 Paul said:
“Because of this decision WE DON’T EVALUATE PEOPLE BY WHAT THEY HAVE OR HOW THEY LOOK. We looked at the Messiah that way once and got it all wrong, as you know. We certainly don’t look at him that way anymore.
Now we look inside, AND WHAT WE SEE IS THAT ANYONE UNITED WITH THE MESSIAH GETS A FRESH START, IS CREATED NEW. THE OLD LIFE IS GONE; A NEW LIFE BURGEONS! LOOK AT IT!
All this comes from the God WHO SETTLED THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN US AND HIM, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other.
GOD PUT THE WORLD SQUARE WITH HIMSELF THROUGH THE MESSIAH, GIVING THE WORLD A FRESH START BY OFFERING FORGIVENESS OF SINS.
GOD HAS GIVEN US THE TASK OF TELLING EVERYONE WHAT HE IS DOING. We’re Christ’s representatives.
God uses us to persuade men and women TO DROP THEIR DIFFERENCES and enter into God’s work of making things right between them.
WE’RE SPEAKING FOR CHRIST HIMSELF NOW: BECOME FRIENDS WITH GOD; HE’S ALREADY A FRIEND WITH YOU.”
THIS IS THE REAL GOSPEL; THE NEARLY TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE NEWS!
REST IN THE FINISHED WORK OF JESUS CHRIST – Hebrews 4:1-3!