Thursday, January 10, 2013

The Good News is The Way to Life and Immortality

2 Corinthians 5:19 says God does not charge anyone in the world with transgressing the law. Why then do people use the law to evangelize? They say, "Have you ever broken one of the ten commandments? Of course you have. Because you've broken the commands that God came up with God is going to send you to Hell if you don't apologize to Him for it."

The fact that God doesn't charge people with breaking the law is part of what Paul calls "the message of reconciliation," which is essentially another way of saying "the gospel." The gospel is the good news. The good news is that God was never against you. He has always "so loved the world.." That is why He sent His Son to take away the barrier & burden of sin. The good news is that God is against death & He wants to save you from it by giving you eternal life.
The good news is that Jesus came not as a judge who enforces the law but as a Savior who judges no one. Don't believe me? Those are the words of Jesus Himself. He said them along with John 3:16 in 3:17, "God did not send his Son into the world to judge the world, but to save the world through him." Maybe we've been getting this evangelism thing wrong. Romans 6:24 says, "the wages of sin is death," not “the wages of God is death if you sin.” Hebrews 2:14 says, "the devil holds the power of death." God is not saving us from Himself because He is "too holy" to stand our sin, that thought is absurd because God Himself became sin on the cross. God is saving us from His enemy, death.

"Christ Jesus, the savior of the world, broke the power of death and illuminated the way to life and immortality through the Good News" (2 Timothy 1:10).

Jesus says in Revelation 21:6-8, "It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega—the Beginning and the End. To anyone who is thirsty, I will give the water of life without cost. It is a free gift. He who overcomes, that is, He who trusts in me will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son. But for the unbelieving, those who didn't trust me, their immorality has not been cleansed from them thus the sting of sin has put them to death. Their destiny is the lake of fire and sulfur which is the second death."

"As I live!" declares the Lord God, "I take no pleasure in the death of any human being. Instead, what I want is for all people to turn to My Way, Jesus the Savior of mankind, and live! I ask you beloved people, why then would you choose to die?" (Ezekiel 33:11, New Covenant paraphrase)

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