In order to share the Gospel, we must understand the Gospel. Jesus doesn’t give us salvation; He IS salvation.
6 Wounds [hard truth given] from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses [tells us only what we want to hear rather than what we need to hear].
Salvation boils down to our life before Christ, Christ, and life with Christ. The character of Mary Magdalene on “The Chosen” said, “I was one way before; now I am completely different, and the only thing in between was Him.”
Here is a quick breakdown of what Christ accomplishes in our lives:
- Salvation– freedom from the prison of sin. Jesus kills us (we were under the law), buries us (those who are dead are freed from the law; see Romans 6:6), and then resurrects us to new life in Him, with Him.
- Sanctification– freedom from the power of sin. The desire to sin does not abate, but it is overcome by a greater desire to please our heavenly Father.
- Glorification– freedom from the purpose of sin, which is to kill us. When Jesus comes to live in our hearts and raises us up to new life, we begin our tour of eternity. We are born into the kingdom of heaven! When our time on earth is over, we simply step out of these bodies and into glorious new bodies, imperishable ones, immortal bodies (1 Corinthians 15:50-54). Our salvation will be complete.
Living with Jesus is an adventure, especially when we allow Him to have the lead. Let’s just not forget our destination, which is to be at His throne forever. Chill, enjoy life, tell others about Jesus, and then go home to be with Him at His place. The Christian life really is that simple.
Abba, keeping things simple makes life simple. Help me to keep focused on You, listening to You, and obeying all that You say. I know that You have my best interest at heart, so I can trust You. Lead on, my King. Amen.