Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Did You Hear The Good News?

This good news of God's grace is life changing.

Colossians 1:4-6  For we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and your love for all of God's people,  5  which come from your confident hope of what God has reserved for you in heaven. You have had this expectation ever since you first heard the truth of the Good News.

6  This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed your lives from the day you first heard and understood the truth about God's wonderful grace.

Colossians 1:13-14  For He has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of His dear Son,  14  who purchased our freedom [with His blood] and forgave our sins.

Maybe you have not heard the good news, good news travels fast, but there are still plenty of people that don't know about it. The good news is that you can switch neighborhoods! When you die, you don't have to reside in the kingdom of darkness, we have access to the kingdom of heaven. Jesus died on the cross to pay the penalty for my sins so that my sins can be forgiven so that i can spend eternity with him.

Maybe you have already heard the good news but maybe you need to be reminded just how good the good news is. Do you realize the dreadful condition that you were in? Jesus put an end to the despair and he has given us "confident hope." Paul calls it a "confident hope" because we are not wishing on a star, this hope that we have is a sure thing for those that know the good news.

God's kingdom is built on grace.

Ephesians 2:8-9 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.
God's grace changes lives everywhere it goes, everybody that it touches should be a lot different than the rest of the world, the fact that the most important relationship in our life has been repaired should give us peace beyond what the world has to offer.

My life has been changed by grace, it has changed the way that I live, God's grace came at a high price and I should not live my life for my own desires and satisfaction. The way that I treat others and the way that I use my resources should be affected by my understanding of the gospel.