Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Do You Truly Understand the Gospel of God's Grace?

"The faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in Heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel that has come to you. In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world--just as it is has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God's grace. You learned it from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf, and who also told us of your love in the Spirit." Colossians 1:5-8
- When our hope is eternal life in Heaven, our faith and love blossom and bring forth fruit. We see faith, love, and hope go together in 1 Corinthians 13:13, "And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love." Because we know that our future destination and salvation are firmly secure, our faith and confidence are strengthened and our love is nourished.
- "Truly understood God's grace"--If you truly understand God's grace, your life will never be the same. You can know what grace is yet do not truly understand it. No words can adequately describe the depth and magnitude of God’s grace. Nothing can compare to God’s grace. Without God’s grace, there would be no salvation, forgiveness, redemption, righteousness, and reconciliation. The more we realize how wretched we are, the more we understand, appreciate, and embrace God’s grace. When we face trials in life, God’s grace is there to sustain us and strengthen us. His grace is sufficient for you and me in any situation. When we fail, God's grace is there to forgive us and remind us that He loves us no matter what. May we always rest in His unconditional & inexhaustible love, grace, and mercy!
- Christian love (Christlike love) comes from the Holy Spirit. It is the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). "And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, Whom He has given us." (Romans 5:5)
- The Gospel of God's grace transforms lives and those transformed lives bear fruit for God. It is very interesting to see that within the first generation (about 32 years after the death of Christ), the gospel had reached the whole known world. Wish it was true today! There are currently over 6,900 unreached people groups. What are we, Christ's followers, doing about it? We must take the Great Commission seriously and be active in spreading the gospel. "Go, send, or disobey!" (~John Piper) "It has always been my ambition to preach the gospel where Christ was not known."(Romans 15:20a) That's my ambition, too. "I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me--the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace." (Acts 20:24)

1 comment:

Steve Finnell said...

IS THE GOSPEL DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND? BY STEVE FINNELL

The gospel plan salvation is not difficult to understand if you simply read it as God inspired it. Just read the Bible and believe it.

The Scriptures only get hard to comprehend when men distort, pervert, and misrepresent the clear teachings of the Bible. Man's opinion can and does make if difficult for many to understand God's plan of salvation.

IT IS NOT THAT DIFFICULT!

Mark 16:16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

1. Who believes will be saved.
2. Who is baptized will be saved.
3. Who does not believe will be condemned.

It is not difficult to understand.

John 8:24 I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am the one I claim to be, you will indeed die in your sins."

1. If you do not believe Jesus is the Son of God you will die in your sins.

There is nothing complicated about that statement.

Acts 2:38 Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, everyone of you, in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

1. Repent in order to have your sins forgiven.
2. Be baptized in order to have your sins forgiven.
3. After repentance and baptism you will receive the indwelling gift of the Holy Spirit Himself.

There is nothing unfathomable presented here.

Romans 10:9 That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

1. You must acknowledge Jesus as Lord to be saved.
2. You must believe in the resurrection of Jesus from the dead to be saved.

Nothing mysterious about that.

Galatians 3:26 You are sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus,

1. Through faith in Christ Jesus you can become a son of God.

Nothing troublesome in that statement.

Galatians 3:27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.

1. Men become clothed with Christ by being baptized into Him.

There is nothing confusing about that.

Ephesians 2:8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith---and this not from from yourselves, it is a gift of God.

1. We are saved because of God's grace. No man earns his salvation.
2. We are saved through faith.
3. The gift that God gives is salvation.

There is nothing enigmatic found here.

Acts 2:47 .....And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

1. The Lord and only the Lord adds to His church.

Nothing inexplicable in that.

Acts 22:16 And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.'

1. Saul was still in his sins until he was baptized in water.

You do not need a degree in theology to understand that.

John 3:16 "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.

1. Whoever believes in Jesus can have eternal life. Salvation is available to all who hear the gospel.

There is nothing difficult about that.

1 Peter 3:20-21...were saved through water. 21 and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also---not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ,

1. Water baptism is essential to salvation.
2. Water baptism saves you if you have good conscience toward God.
3. Without the resurrection of Jesus no one could be saved.

You do not need a masters in education to understand that verse of Scripture.

Is the gospel difficult to understand? No it is not. The gospel plan of salvation is only made complicated when presented using man-made traditions.

WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED?
1. FAITH: John 3:16
2. REPENTANCE: Acts 2:38
3. CONFESSION: Romans 10:9
4. WATER BAPTISM: Mark 16:16


JUST READ THE BIBLE AND BELIEVE IT.

(Scripture from: THE THOMPSON CHAIN-REFERENCE BIBLE "NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION 1983)


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