Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Really Good News

The Gospel Is Really “Good News”!

The glorious gospel of Christ (II Corinthians 4:4).

The glorious gospel of the happy God (I Timothy 1:11).

If you listen to most people’s “gospel” it doesn’t really sound very much like “good news.” The various “gospels” that have been pawned off as from God have this darkened gloom of “turn or burn!”

Yet the simple fact is that the gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is truly better “good news” than most could ever really imagine! It is far more glorious than religion would ever have us believe!

It was not until I finally broke all ties with the religious system that had bound my understanding that my heart was free to really enjoy and embrace the marvelous evangel. My prayer is that you too will be liberated to set aside traditional paradigms and enjoy the amazing riches of Christ’s finished cross-work!

It Is God’s Will that All Are Saved:

Who will have all to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and One mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus; Who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time (I Timothy 2:4-6).

God Accomplishes All that He Wills to Do:

But He is of one mind, and who can turn Him? And what His soul desires, even that He does (Job 23:13).

Whatsoever the Lord pleased, that did He in heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and all deep places (Psalms 135:5-6).

Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure (Isaiah 46:10).

In Whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of Him who works all things after the counsel of His Own will (Ephesians 1:11).

God Is Love:

God is love (I John 4:8).

How excellent is Your loving-kindness (Psalm 36:7).

But God, Who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, even when we were dead in sins … (Ephesians 2:4-5).

But God commends His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners,

Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).

But after that the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man appeared (Titus 3:4).

God is love (I John 4:16).

We Have the Assurance of God that Love Never Fails:

Love never fails (I Corinthians 13:8).

“Fail” is the translation of ekpipto, meaning “to drop away; specially, be driven out of one’s course; figuratively, to lose, become inefficient” (Strong’s Greek Lexicon). It is also translated in the King James Version as – “hath taken none effect” (Romans 9:6). God’s love will never fail to reach its goal.

All Creation Shall Be Freed from the Bondage of Vanity and Corruption:

For the earnest expectation of the creation waits for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creation was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of Him Who has subjected the same in hope, because the creation also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now (Romans 8:19-22).

All of the Lord’s Works Shall Praise Him, and He Will Raise up All Who Are Bowed down:

The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. The Lord is good to all: and His tender mercies are over all His works. All Your works shall praise You, O Lord; and Your saints shall bless You … The Lord upholds all that fall, and raises up all those that are bowed down (Psalms 145:8-10, 14).

All Shall Bow down:

Look unto Me, and be saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. I have sworn by Myself, the word is gone out of My mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, that unto Me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear (Isaiah 45:22-23).

That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:10-11).

This Confession Is the Work of God’s Spirit:

Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Spirit (I Corinthians 12:3).

Therefore, Every Creature Will Praise the Lord:

And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, ‘Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be unto Him Who sits upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for the ages of the ages’ (Revelation 5:13).

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
The Salvation of All
© 2005-2010

1 comment:

Rachel DiPaolo said...

Great post Mark! And what you said at the beginning - "It was not until I finally broke all ties with the religious system that had bound my understanding that my heart was free to really enjoy and embrace the marvelous evangel."
I found that true as well. Very well said.