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It was Jesus who saved you by His death on the cross for your sins; it was the Father’s love that saved you by sending Jesus to the cross in your place; and it is the Holy Spirit who is bringing that salvation into your life by His work of helping you to believe, trust and obey. But the vehicle they are using to drive all this home into your heart and life is the Gospel of Grace.

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. Romans 1:16 ESV

What is the Gospel of Grace?

“Gospel” means good news. It is the almost unbelievable good news about the grace of God.[1] Jesus preached the good news of what He called the The Good News of the Gospel of Grace: People Leaping“gospel of the kingdom” everywhere He went.[2] His message was that God was bringing His heavenly kingdom to earth, giving blessing away to all who will “repent and believe” the good news.[3]  We are to turn to God (repent), believe in God’s grace, and follow Jesus. Through His life, death, and resurrection we have a clearer picture of how good the good news really is: God through Jesus is cancelling all our sins, restoring us to high favor and giving us the Holy Spirit to help us live as Jesus does.

The gospel is message and messenger. It is a message that can only come to you through a messenger. We need both in order to receive it. God’s truth is the message; grace is the means by which God helps us believe His truths. A grace-filled messenger makes the message about God’s grace believable. Jesus was the first and greatest messenger of the gospel: He was filled with “grace and truth.”[4] He then entrusted the message of the gospel to the disciples and through them to us. The ultimate messenger is the Holy Spirit who has been sent to “lead us into all truth.”[5] However, the Holy Spirit prefers to work through us, teaching us to speak the truth with love. This helps us all “grow up” into being like Jesus.[6]

The gospel is power. Paul said that he was not “ashamed” of the gospel for it is “the power of God unto salvation.”[7]  Think about that for a moment. We need the saving love, mercy and help of God to “rescue” every aspect of our lives that is falling short of heaven’s fullness. The gospel has the power to bring that salvation to us. The gospel “powers up” or activates our faith. By means of the gospel getting across to us, we turn from the grip of spiritual darkness (fear, despair, bitterness, etc.) and believe the good news that God is with us and for us, not against us. This happened when we first became saved by believing the gospel, but the gospel is not just about what Jesus did at the cross. It will also bring saving grace to us every time we turn to believe the good news of any truth from God sent to liberate us.

You don’t just get this once. Do not think for one minute that because you are “saved” for heaven that you now know all there is to know about the gospel. The gospel is God’s way of leading you into a heavenly life on earth. You will always need messages from God and messengers to bring it to you, if you want to enter into all that this New Life has in store. It is God’s power for causing His salvation to flow into our lives.

The gospel turns on the lights. We hear truth under the light of recognition and we are empowered to respond to it. That’s what the gospel does! It gives us those “Aha! So that’s what this is about…” moments as well as “Oh dear God, now I can see how wrong I was” moments. We need both in order to grow. One is revelation, the other repentance. Both are positive, leading us out of darkness into greater light, powered up by the gospel every step of the way.

More to Explore of God’s Grace and His Kingdom

Saved by the "Free Gift"  Perhaps the hardest thing for all of us to believe is that God really does want to give us everything that we need for free.[8] You don’t have to deserve His love and mercy, or His unfailing help. You certainly can’t earn it. You can’t make up for lost time. You can’t bring forth a better version of yourself. But you can learn to trust and believe in what He is giving you. That’s a lot! So take a good look at the “Free Gift” and let it overwhelm you… and transform you.

Gifted with Acceptance   We all want to be accepted, don't we? We yearn to find those people, places and events where we feel like we truly belong, where we can "be ourselves" and not have to put up a false front. What if there is a place we can always go and be accepted immediately—just as we are, even when we are most messed up? What if there is someone who will never push us away, but always welcome us with open arms? Wouldn’t you want to go running to that Person? Wouldn’t you always want to be with that Person?

Gifted with Adoption Maybe you don’t think you need this one or that it could possibly apply to you. Maybe you were one of the fortunate ones who was never abandoned by either or your birth parents. That’s a good beginning, but it sure isn’t the end of the story. The truth is you were abandoned long ago and the consequences have been showing up painfully in your life ever since. Our Father has the perfect remedy, but first you have to recognize the disease.

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Learning to See Double Many things in the spiritual life come in matched pairs, or mis-matched pairs if you count the ones that are on opposite sides like the new you and the old you, or the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of darkness. Sometimes it can make your eyes cross and your head swim, but we’ve laid them out in a way that should help you steer clear of confusion.

Two Competing Covenants  The two Testaments of the Bible include many covenants. By one count there are four with the nation of Israel and three with humanity in general. Why so many? Evidently, we need a lot of examples to prove to us that God keeps His part of the bargain! Why highlight just two? Only one OT covenant was ever superseded by another. The “Old Covenant” refers to God’s covenant through Moses with the Jewish people on Mount Sinai which gave way to the new and “better” one that Jesus made with all of us.

Two Avenues of Grace  The Lord knows how difficult it is at times for us to believe in Him; how hard it can seem to only live by faith in His Word. We yearn for a “touch” from God; we want to see Him in the flesh. And He wants to meet with us! These two “avenues of grace” are His way of bringing invisible divine life into events of the material world. We make contact with Him through tangible means which are not only aids to our faith, but actually pathways for His life to enter and transform ours.

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Gospel Scriptures

Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel." Mark 1:14-15 ESV

And he said to them, "Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Mark 16:15 ESV

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. Romans 1:16 ESV

And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled only to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 2 Corinthians 4:3-4 ESV

I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel —not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed. Galatians 1:6-9 ESV

And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, "In you shall all the nations be blessed." Galatians 3:8 ESV

In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit. Ephesians 1:13 ESV

Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel. Philippians 1:27 ESV

Because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel. Colossians 1:5 ESV

Because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake. 1 Thessalonians 1:5 ESV

And which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. 2 Timothy 1:10 ESV

For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 1 Peter 4:17 ESV

Then I saw another angel flying directly overhead, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people. Revelation 14:6 ESV


Scriptures and Foot Notes

[1] Paul makes it very clear that the gospel is good news about the grace of God: But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. Acts 20:24 ESV

[2]   And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. Matthew 9:35 ESV

[3] Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel." Mark 1:14-15 ESV

[4]  And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father's side, he has made him known. John 1:16-18 ESV

[5]  When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth.John 16:13 ESV

[6]  Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. Ephesians 4:15-16 ESV

[7] "Unto God" is the language of the old King James Version. Here is it in modern English: For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, "The righteous shall live by faith." Romans 1:16-17 ESV

[8]His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature. 2 Peter 1:3-4 ESV

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