Wednesday, June 5, 2013

We Receive the Good News By Receiving Him

"But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.

"For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ." (Galatians 1: 11-12)

"Revelation" is not an arbitrary occurrence which may or may not happen, but a certainty which already exists in plain view. Jesus Christ is everywhere holding this universe together:

"For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

"And he is before all things, and by him all things consist." (Colossians 1: 16-17)

Most people either do not see Him at all, or they do not see Him who provides all things because  they are focused on the law, focused on themselves, focused on what they must do:

"12Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech: 13And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished: 14But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ. 15But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart. 16Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away." (2 Corinthians 3: 12-16)

The Gospel is simply thus:

"38Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: 39And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses." (Acts 13: 38-39)

When we accept that the law of Moses cannot make us justified, we then turn to the Lord our Savior, and the veil of the law is done away with. From then on, the Spirit of the Lord transforms us from glory to glory (2 Corinthians 3: 18)

Jesus Christ is the Good News for us -- God made flesh, crucified, buried, and risen again, the hope of glory and righteousness and grace for all who believe

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