How Do You Tell Others About the Good News from God?

First, you have to ask them if you can share it with them. 

You may come up against objections. They might reply with, ‘I don’t believe in that stuff.’ 

You’ll never get anywhere if you make them wrong. Instead, you could simply say, ‘Got it. Would you like to tell me your thoughts about how we got here and what happens when we die?” Somewhere in their response, will be an opening.

You could say, ‘I’ve heard that said before as well. For me, I found out a different way of looking at life and how you can get more of it, or, what may cause you to lose it. Would you like to hear about that?’ 

If they adamantly refuse, they’re too attached to this world and the little ‘god’ that corrupts it. Walk away and tell yourself, ‘Next!’ 

“Don’t waste what is holy on people who are unholy. Don’t throw your pearls to pigs! They will trample the pearls, then turn and attack you.” Mt. 7:6 NLT

They might say that they have had a bad experience – either in a church, or having been targeted by some so-called ‘Christian,’ who made them wrong for their beliefs. 

You might reply with, ‘I’m really sorry you had to suffer that experience. Unfortunately, some people mess up. That was certainly not in line with the true Christian approach. May I quickly share what that is and how it has changed my life?’

Okay, you’ve got your foot in the door. Let me offer you one path of evangelism:

‘I’ll bet you are similar to all of us on this planet, in that we all want to know the answers to the big mysteries of life. That is because God put an innate hunger in our hearts to seek out our Creator, how He does things, and what He has in mind for us:’

“I will imprint My laws upon their minds [even upon their innermost thoughts and understanding], and engrave them upon their hearts [effecting their regeneration. And I will be there God, and they shall be My people.” Heb. 8:10 AMP

‘God’s words constitute His ‘laws,’ which are found in the Bible. He gave these to 40 different people, from all walks of life, in three different languages, from three different continents – over a period of 1500 years.

He sent this knowledge by way of His Spirit, which tells us how to have the greatest life possible, and one without end. And in reading HIs word, we come to know Him and His Son – Jesus. 

The Bible’s historical accuracy has been proven archeologically; and unlike other religious writings, it presents God’s prophecies about future events, that actually came to pass. Also, many scientific facts are presented within it – long before their human discovery. 

It is, in reality, a love letter from God to all of His children – His ‘Good News.’ That good news is that God loves us, He created all of the goodness on this earth so that could have a great life. He planned it in such a way that you can have that best life when you learn from Him how to live it.’

“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.” Is. 55:9 NASB

“For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the LORD, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jer. 29:11 AMP

‘This God we are talking about, is too vast to describe with a name. In fact, He refers to Himself as ‘I Am,’ because He is all-encompassing and indescribable. The original Hebrew has been anglicized to two different names: Yahweh or Jehovah.

God is eternal, and He designed the entire universe and all that is in it. Then He spoke it into existence through Jesus, who is referred to as the ‘Word of God.’ Jesus was created by God before time, from Himself as a Spirit-being – exactly like His Father, and unified with Him in every way.

God loves us and all He wants from us is to love Him back, which we do, when we live by His ways. God’s ways for living our best life, which also glorifies Him, can be boiled down to two commands:’

“‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself [that is, unselfishly seek the best or higher good for others].’” Mt. 22:37 – 39. AMP

‘Think about it. If we follow those instructions, we’d have a love-filled life and world. They constitute our most holy moral compass.

That’s exactly what God wanted from Adam and Eve when He created them. Unfortunately, they listened to the lies of a corrupt angel, who convinced them that they too could be gods. So, they disobeyed God (which is called a ‘sin’), and their souls (personalities) became corrupt; and the seeds of that corruption have been passed down to every succeeding generation.

This is why we have a fallen world with so much evil and suffering and death. There was never supposed to be death, but it is a price that we pay for our sin; and we all sin. God does not allow evil to exist – we generate it when we rebel against Him. God is allowing this phase of time to proceed, to show all generations of peoples that we, by ourselves, cannot attain the perfect, pure and holy goodness that He originally created us with.

Yet God loves us with an undying love:’

‘As I live,’ says the Lord God, ‘I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn back (change your way of thinking), turn back [in repentance] from your evil ways! For why should you die…? Ezek. 33:11 AMP

‘Yet thousands of years have proven that we are unable to do this on our own. So, God in His infinite compassion, sent His Spirit-Son to the womb of the virgin Mary, to become Jesus Christ the Messiah, (also called the Son of Man), to reveal God in human form. He is the only human ever to live a sinless life. He spoke for God, taught us all about His Father, set a perfect example for how to live by God’s will, and most importantly, gave His life for all of humanity throughout the ages – giving HIs blood to cleanse us from our sins.’ 

“…the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many [paying the price to set them free from the penalty of sin].” Mt. 20:28 AMP

‘That penalty, as we’ve already seen, is death. And Jesus is the only way to be free of it:’

“I am the [only] Way [to God] and the [real] Truth and the [real] Life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” Jn. `14:6 AMP

“Whoever believes and has decided to trust in Him [as personal Savior and Lord] is not judged [for this one, there is no judgment, no rejection, no condemnation]; but the one who does not believe [and has decided to reject Him as personal Savior and Lord] is judged already [that one has been convicted and sentenced]…” Jn. 3:18 AMP

‘What we are being told is that if we have faith in Christ, in who He is and what He’s done, and do our best to walk in His ways, all our sins are forgiven. Why is that important? Well, as you can also see, there is coming a ‘great sifting’ – which will occur at the end of time.

Three days after Jesus died on the cross, He was resurrected from the dead; and 40 days after that, He ascended to Heaven to reunite with His Father. But, He’s coming back!

When He does, He will separate those who did their best to obey God and kept their faith in Christ, from those who chose not to:’

“But when the Son of Man comes in His glory and majesty and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of HIs glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him [for judgment]; and He will separate them from one another, as a shepherd separates his sheep from the goats; and He will put the sheep on His right [the place of honor], and the goats on His left [the place of rejection].” Mt. 25:31 – 33. AMP 

“Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come you blessed of My Father [you favored of God, appointed to eternal salvation], inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world…Then He will say to those on His left, ‘Leave Me, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels (demons)…” Mt. 25:34 & 41. AMP

“Then these [unbelieving people] will go away into eternal [unending] punishment, but those who are righteous and in right standing with God [will go, by HIs remarkable grace] into eternal (unending) life.” Mt. 25:46 AMP

‘Obviously, it seriously behooves us to be on the side of Jesus. But here’s the urgent caveat: unless you accept Christ either before He returns, or you die, (nether of, you have any knowledge of the time), whichever comes first, you have lost your ticket to heaven. 

So, I’m standing for your salvation and I am offering you the chance in this moment to allow me to pray with you, so that Christ can enter your life and we can be children of God together for eternity…’

As I said in the beginning, this is just one way – just saying. And you know, we are all called by Jesus Himself to do this. (Mt. 28:19)

Goodnight and God bless. 

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The Perfect Christian

Is there such a thing? Of course not. That’s why Jesus came:

Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father… Gal. 1:3, 4. NKJV

The world doesn’t get that. It wants to crucify you as well, when you come up short. They want to see you fall. One of the ways that they do that, is by trying to dilute your faith:

…there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. Gal. 1:7 NASB

In fact, no one, on their own, is perfect in anything. So, we needn’t be perturbed by the opinions of the ignorant, with regards to of our spirituality. We know that we can become a perfect Christian in God’s eyes because of the cloak of righteousness that Jesus provides to all His followers. We also know that on this earth, we are humans who make mistakes. Thank God that we aren’t judged by them (because we are made immune to His wrath through our continued faith in Christ, and our continuing practice of confession and repentance:

…we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ… Gal. 2:15 ESV

There isn’t anyone who could live in perfect obedience to all of the Mosaic laws. We slip and fall – repeatedly. So, we do our best to obey those that we can, and humble ourselves before Christ for the ones we can’t:

For through the Law I died to the Law and its demands on me [because salvation is provided through the death and resurrection of Christ], so that I might [from now on] live to God. Gal. 2:19 AMP

“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly.” Gal. 2:20, 21. NASB

The apostle Paul speaks of the ‘curse’ of the Mosaic Law – because its function was to bring an awareness of one’s sinful nature. (Gal. 3:10) Yet, in and of itself, the Law offered no solution for overcoming our tendency to indulge our flesh. Instead, it showed us where we were helpless, and our need for divine intervention to achieve the righteousness required for entering the kingdom of God.

That same righteousness is offered to all people, who place their faith in the saving power of the blood of Jesus. Indeed, the ultimate purpose of the Mosaic Law was to point us towards that necessity:

It was added because of transgressions, till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made… Gal. 3:19

The seed was Christ – who brought the Mosaic Law to its final evolution. The original law was given so that people would know what constituted ‘transgressions’ against God, and that having such knowledge would place some restraint upon the would-be perpetrator.

The Law itself was not bad. How could it be? It is the word of God. But its relationship to God’s children changed with the advent of Christ:

So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer in need of a guardian, for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized have put on Christ. Gal. 3:24 – 27. ESV

No one can be justified by the impossible task of obeying every letter of the Law. So, as a follower of Christ, we let that insurmountable task ‘die’ in us and accept what Jesus did – how He filled that gap from what we are, to what we can ultimately become: a righteous child of God. We are justified by faith – period. How so?

Even as Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness. Gal. 3:6 NASB

Faith.

There is a spiritual transformation that takes place upon salvation, and it does not require that the recipient perfect their flesh. Can’t be done. It’s like this: we do our best to live by God’s laws, and Christ will free us from the curse of the law when we stumble in it. He stands between God and His child and says, “It’s okay, I’ve paid the price for this one.”

Even during this life, sends us help to minimize those stumbles:

…walk habitually in the [Holy] Spirit [seek Him and be responsive to His guidance], and then you will certainly not carry out the desire of the flesh of the sinful nature [which responds impulsively without regard for God and His precepts]. Gal. 5:16 AMP

…if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Gal. 5:18 NASB

So, next time someone tries to find fault with you for your imperfections, explain why you’re covered. After all, what a great opening for evangelizing, yes?

Goodnight and God bless.

Easter Is Not About Colored Eggs

It’s about the coming of Jesus, Who came to save us from ourselves and reunite us with His Father, through Him, for eternity. He laid His life down so that we could once again be part of God’s temple.

As a Spirit-being, Christ was with God, who, created everything in this universe through Him. (Jn. 1:1 – 4.) Jesus shares the powers of God (Heb. 1:3). He holds the universe together and is the only ‘instrument’ for the redemption of God’s children. Jesus also shares His Father’s exact likeness. (Col. 1:15 – 20.)

We first hear about Christ’s first coming to earth in the time of the fall of Adam and Eve. (Gn. 3:15). Thus, it is evident that God was, at the beginning, planning for our redemption because He saw our future transgressions.

Before and after Jesus was born, it was made evident to many that He was sent for the salvation of all peoples. (Mt. 1:21; Lk. 1:68 – 70, 78, 79; 2:10, 11 & 30 – 32.

Then God and the Holy Spirit revealed it to John the Baptist. (Jn. 1:29)

When Jesus began His ministry, He Himself declared the purpose of His coming:

“No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is the Son of Man, who is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” Jn. 3:13 – 17. NKJV

We see then that Jesus was sent to grant us eternal life, but that He must first be ‘lifted up’ (crucified) to have that happen. Prior to this revelation (that He made to Nicodemus), He alluded to His resurrection that would occur three days after His death. (Jn. 2:19)

Jesus went to great lengths to make His salvation promise take on reality for as many people as He could reach, and then He multiplied His efforts through the apostles (Mt. 28:19, 20.) and the church. (Mt. 16:18)

He taught about how deadly Satan and his purposes were. (Jn. 10:10) He showed us by example how to defeat the devil with the word of God. (Mt. 4:1 – 10.) That’s important because Satan’s prime objective is to rob you of Christ’s salvation. We want to cling to Jesus because our final victory will be facilitated through Him:

The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. 1 Jn. 3:8 NASB

He approached the spiritually ignorant, and reasoned with them so that they could see the light – actively pursuing their salvation. (Jn. 4:6 – 26.) And Jesus showed them that He was the centerpiece of that deliverance:

“This is the work of God, that you believe in Him who He sent.” Jn. 6:29 NKJV

That sums up your salvation in a nutshell.

Jesus worked a multitude of miracles to convince the unbelievers of His ability to wield the power of God. He declared the veracity of all Scripture. (Mt. 5:17, 18.) And He stood toe to toe against the self-serving religion zealots of His time, that were teaching man-made falsehoods, which stood in the way of the people’s salvation.

He taught us how to live a godly life (Mt. chapters 5 – 7.) and about the importance of love. (Mt. 22:39; Jn. 13:34, 35.)

Amid all this, Jesus repeatedly drove home the fact that He was the only way to salvation:

“For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world…And this is the will of Him who sent Me, the everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” Jn. 6:33 & 40. NKJV

“…if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.” Jn. 8:24 NKJV

“…I am the door of the sheep. All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers…I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved…” Jn. 10:7 – 9. NKJV

Finally, Jesus taught about how corrupt the world would become and how it would persecute His followers; yet He encouraged us by saying that if we endured that oppression and held on to Him, salvation was assured. (Mt. 24:9 – 13.)

Despite all Jesus’ efforts, the world paid Him back by crucifying Him.

And yet, all that Christ said was true. On the third day, His tomb was empty…

Praise God! Happy Easter.

Goodnight and God Bless.