Hearing the gospel message with faith

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I want to share the wealth that has been given to me.

After I believed in the gospel by the hearing of faith, I was made a child of God.

Over the years of my salvation, God has made Himself known to me.  This is to be expected, because He wants us to know Him.

And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. (John 17:3)

Do you know Him?

You begin by believing in the gospel.

Do you know the gospel?

The gospel is the good news, or the glad tidings, of Jesus Christ. It’s good news because He came to solve the problem that plagued humanity.

God came to earth as the Messiah to the Israelites; he was called Jesus Christ of Nazareth. He died, was buried and He rose again. That is the gospel in a nutshell.  However, to really understand the good news, you must first grasp a hold of the ‘bad news.’

We are born into this world with a serious problem staring us in the face. We are empty. We are blind. We are lost. We are dead.

We are born into this world “spiritually dead.” You can read about this in Genesis 3, Genesis 5, John 3, John 14, Romans 5, 1 Cor. 15, Colossians, etc. etc.. The Bible is clear: humans are born in the image of Adam, not in the image of God.

But that’s not the way we were originally created. We were created to have His Spirit dwelling within us. The “breath of life,” the nishmat chaim, from Genesis 3, was the actual, living, Spirit of God.  (click on this link to hear an ex-rabbi explain that.)

Adam and Eve lost His Spirit when they ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. As we have all read:  on that day, they died.

Jesus came to deal with the spiritual death of humanity. He preached and proclaimed that the problem would soon be solved; He prophesied His own death and said that He would bring LIFE (John 5:40, John 6:40, etc.). Jesus revealed that He would solved the problem of spiritual death, and that HIS gospel was a gospel of true LIFE.

He said that it was better for Him to go away, to ascend into Heaven, because then the Helper would come:  His Spirit. We make a big deal about His birth, and that’s cool, but we should make a bigger deal about His death and resurrection. Why?

Because His death, His burial, and most importantly, His resurrection made it possible for humanity to be saved; to be made alive; to receive His resurrected life, His Spirit, that would resurrect US from the dead.

Hearing this message with faith, is what allows a person to be saved.

December 19, 2015

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