THE GOSPEL 5

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If he hadn’t resurrected, we would never be confident that all our sins have been paid for. But now, we are ever confident that as long as he’s alive, our sins have been paid for and we have been justified in the sight of God.

Justification means to be declared not guilty or to be declared righteous. It is when a judge after hearing both sides of a case declares the accused not guilty of the crime.

A person is declared not guilty of a crime if he didn’t commit it or if he has already paid for the crime.
We were declared not guilty by God because Jesus paid for our sins.

Jesus resurrected as a proof that our sins have been paid and that we are now righteous in the Father’s sight. As long as Jesus remains alive, we have a receipt or a proof that our sins have been paid for.

This is the good news of what Christ has done. He died for our sins. He was buried to experience the wages of our sins. He resurrected as a proof that we are justified.

The good news revolves around this. It is about how Christ’s death, burial and resurrection has made right in God’s sight. It is about how a sinner can become a child of God through faith in Jesus Christ.
This is the good news that we preach.

When a sinner hears this and believes in Christ, they receive salvation. At that moment, they are delivered from death to life. They are delivered from sin to righteousness. They are given the power to become children of God. (John 1:12-13)

This is good news to the drunkard on the streets. It is good news to the poor man. It is good news to the rich man who has all of life’s goodies yet feels there’s something more to life than riches. It is good news to the good man or woman who is trusting in his works to save him yet doesn’t feel saved. It is good news to all.

It can be preached everywhere and it will be good news to them. This is because the universal need of mankind is to be free from sin and be joined to God. This is what the gospel of Christ offers.

It is this good news that Paul refers to the gospel of Grace.

Galatians 1:6
I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into *the grace of Christ* unto another gospel:

Here, Paul refers to it as the Grace of Christ.

Acts 20:24
But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, *to testify the gospel of the grace of God.*

Here, he refers to it as the gospel of the Grace of God.

The gospel of Grace is not a trend that everyone is joining to say nice things. It is the very good news of what God has done in Christ for our salvation.

When a person hears this news and trust in Christ, they are changed inside out. The spirits are made new, they are made children of God, they are made righteous and holy in God’s sight.All that they need is to know what has taken place in their spirit so that they can align their minds to it and experience the newness in their Spirit.

We do not preach anything else aside this gospel. The work of the evangelist is not to name and shame sin; he or she is to preach this good news. The work of the child of God is not to condemn others but to share this good news of Christ.

Dear child of God, get to know more about this gospel, enjoy it and share it with others. Dear minister of God, get to know more about this gospel, enjoy it and preach it radically for many to share in it.

By: SANDY AMPONSAH

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