Love Is... Sharing The Good News
The Good News, The Word was sent to share,
is that all mankind has a Heavenly Father who cares.
If we'll close our eyes, open our hearts, and lift our voices up,
Our Creator is waiting on high to help when He hears from us.
Sharing the Gospel
(Good News) of Life & Reconciliation
"Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ, and gave us the ministry of reconciliation."1
So what are "all these things" that Paul is talking about in his letter to the Corinthians? He speaks about being a "new creature" and being "clothed, in order that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life."¹ He goes on to say in verse 19: "namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation."
Paul's message is that The One true God (YHVH) is alive and almighty, and that His Son, Jesus, was sent not to condemn the world, but that through Him, all mankind may find peace in and with God.
I Came That They May Have Life, and May Have It Abundantly*
Jesus explains to Nicodemus, who was a teacher of Israel, that "unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."² Well, this made no sense to Nicodemus, so Jesus continues His explanation, "Truly, truly I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit."² The discussion continues, and Jesus tells him "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through Him."²
Here Jesus was speaking to someone who knew the Jewish law, as well as the prophecies, psalms and the oral tradition. A while later (the next chapter in the book), Jesus was speaking to a woman in Samaria who said "'Our fathers worshiped in this mountain, and you people say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.' Jesus said to her, 'Woman, believe Me, an hour is coming when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem, shall you worship the Father. You worship that which you do not know; we worship that which we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be his worshipers. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.' The woman said to Him, 'I know that Messiah is coming (He who is called Christ); when that One comes, He will declare all things to us.' Jesus said to her, 'I who speak to you am He.'"³
"He Will Delcare All Things to Us."
All things... These things... Jesus asked Nicodemus how could one who knew and believed and followed the law (of Moses) not understand the message?
Paul who also was a Jewish leader, says this of the Jewish community, "But their minds were hardened; for until this very day at the reading of the old covenant the same veil remains unlifted, because it is removed in Christ. But to this day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their heart; but whenever a man turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit."⁴
Do we understand the message? What do we really know, really believe, really understand, faithfully and consistently do? Do we just follow a set of rules, either by choice or by habit, or do we understand the rules and see the wisdom or folly in them?
Do we just accept our feelings or what we have been taught without thinking about the reason or actual purpose or if it is true? We often accept that which we "know" as the truth, when in actuality, we may not know the "whole truth" or see from the correct angle or perspective or objectively enough to distinguish what the truth of a matter really is, or even examine if it is truth.
Isaiah prophesied "He, your Teacher will no longer hide Himself, but your eyes will behold your Teacher, And your ears will hear a word behind you, this is the way, walk in it," whenever you turn to the right or to the left."5
How do we know what is good and true and if we understand correctly? In John 14:5-6, Jesus answered this question: "...how do we know the way?" Jesus said to him "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me."
Thy Kingdom Come; Thy Will Be Done; on Earth As It Is in Heaven.6
When Paul says "we all", he's speaking to those who have recognized Jesus as the Messiah of Israel (and savior of all the world), to those who have turned to the Lord, who by faith (believing and trusting) in Jesus' testimony of "Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand."7, and have believed in the good news of His victory over death have entered into the Kingdom of God. And what, exactly is the "Kingdom of God"? In Romans 14:17, Paul states "for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit." And in Luke 17:20-21, Jesus stated "The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed; nor will they say, 'Look, here it is!' or, 'There it is!' For behold, the kingdom of God is within you."
Did you know that "repent" means to change your mind and go from an evil direction to a good direction? If you are unhappy, unsatisfied, frustrated, or have no purpose in life, we ask that you examine your perspective of God and get to know Him. He planned a beautiful life for you, an abundant life. God is always faithful and His ways are sure.
Paul Begs "Consider Jesus"
In Acts, chapter 13, verses 32-33, Paul explains "And we preach to you the good news of the promise made to the fathers, that God has fulfilled this promise to our children in that He raised up Jesus, as it is also written in the second Psalm, 'Thou are My Son; today I have begotten Thee.'" And in verses 37-39, Paul says "but He whom God raised did not undergo decay. Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through Him forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, and through Him everyone who believes is freed from all things, from which you could not be freed through the Law of Moses."
Then in Romans, Paul shares his motivation for sharing the Good News with the Gentiles "if somehow I might move to jealousy my fellow countrymen and save some of them. For if their rejection be the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?"8 Earlier in his letter to the Romans, Paul writes "For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God."9
Jesus made many statements to which Paul may be referencing here. A few of our favorites are: "It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life."10, "Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called sons of God."11, and "Jesus therefore was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, 'If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.'"12
We have been deceived, or we are deceiving ourselves, if we believe there is no God. Or if we believe that God doesn't or can't or won't love us. "The Mighty One, God, the Lord (YHVH), has spoken, And summoned the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting."..."He who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors Me; And to him who sets his way aright I shall show the salvation of God."13
Eternal Life... Do You Want It?
It's yours for the asking... "And Jesus cried out and said, 'He who believes in Me does not believe in Me, but in Him who sent Me. And he who beholds Me beholds the One who sent Me. I have come as light into the world, that everyone who believes in Me may not remain in darkness. And if anyone hears My sayings, and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world.'"14