Christianity, the Good News and Bad News

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Is your soul burdened and heavy laden with the hardships of life?  There is peace in Jesus and in Him alone. Have you been told?

Pondering Thought:

“To believe on not to believe the Truth of Biblical Scriptures (the Holy Bible)?” is the question you must answer if you want to find rest for your soul.

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light,” NASB.

Billions of people live lives without hope and have never heard the Gospel Message of Jesus Christ. All Disciples of Jesus Christ have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and are members of Christ’s Church—bodily temples of Jesus with Him as their head—here on earth.  They have assurance in a future eternity as the Bride of Christ and will one-day reign with Him.  Because of their blessed hope they seek to follow Christ’s words to ”Go and Teach” and to spread the Gospel Message to all those who are being called by God.

It is sad, in my opinion, that too many Christian church members (the cultural and worldly type) feel it is enough to just know about Jesus and to keep Him to themselves as they go about their daily activities of living. Is this your life? If so, you may be in danger of hell’s fire and brimstone and do not realize it.

To possess and be possessed by Jesus Christ and to live for Him is what true Christianity is all about.  Are you living this life and are you telling others? If so, you are carrying out the commission Jesus gave to His followers.

Application, additional Pondering and Takeaways:

Right up front I want to tell you I have some bad news to deliver.  “People in the know” about the delivery of good news / bad news scenarios claim you should give people good news up front and follow the good news with the bad news.  Otherwise, they will hear the bad news and turn their minds off to any good news that follows.  They are probably right, but I have never thought about it one way or the other as it relates to what comes out of my mouth or even what I put on paper.  As for you or others, I haven’t a clue about how anyone would react unless they tell me.

First, the bad news:  All men (men and women) are sinners; they are outside the righteousness and will of God.  All will die, all will be buried, and all (those who do not possess Jesus) will be raised at the Great White Throne Judgment to face God’s righteous wrath and judgment.  All will be judged and declared guilty of their sins and will face eternal punishment in the lake of fire if their name is not found written in the “Lamb’s Book of Life.”  That is the “bad news” of Biblical Scriptures, in a nut shell, as I understand from my reading.

Now, the Good News:  All who fall under conviction for their sinfulness; all who willingly repent of their sins; all who accept the Gospel Message of Jesus Christ: Jesus was born of a virgin; Jesus died on a Cross for the sins of men, was buried, and was resurrected on the third day and was seen alive by more than five-hundred witnesses; all who are Baptized by the Holy Spirit and receive a new spiritual re-birth (to be born again); and all who allow the Holy Spirit to give them wisdom and knowledge and who follow His will for their life, will  not face judgment on the Great White Throne Judgment Day as those who could but would not repent.

They will, however, appear before the Judgment Seat of Christ, not for their sins, because Christ bore their sins with the shedding of His blood on the cross, but for rewards for the deeds done in their bodies after accepting the Gospel Message. You are eternally saved by the Grace of God by Faith; you trust in God’s Propitiation, Justification, Sanctification and Glorification and not by your earthly works.

To live in the human, fleshly body is to live in “immorality, impurity, evil desire, greed, idolatry, anger, wrath, malice, slander, abusive speech, lying, and other such passions of the body.”  In Jesus man is given a new spiritual nature empowered by the Holy Spirit that gives wisdom and knowledge and the ability (if the soul so desires to walk in the newness of life) to “control” the fleshly passions.  In Jesus the new, born-again spiritual indwelling allows man to have a heart of “compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, a forgiving spirit and love.  All men lived in the old nature before receiving their new nature; the new nature can be obtained by trusting in Jesus Christ alone.

What could be any simpler than the Good News statement above?  Absolutely nothing; however, man has his own ego and must do as his human, but not spiritual, nature leads him to do.  He is insistent on adding or subtracting from the Good News in order to support his own desire to live a fleshly life of personal pleasure rather than a Spiritual Life as a child and son of God.  God’s way will ultimately lead to man’s righteousness and fellowship with his creator.   Man’s way only leads to judgment and eternal punishment.

Man in his own moral and religious self-righteousness will not accept God’s morality given to him for his own protection from mental and physical diseases and eternal judgment.  The Old Testament records that sexual immorality is sin—a sin against a man’s own body.  The sinful person can be cleansed from these sins with their confession and repentance and the acceptance of the Good News described above.  This is pretty amazing if you honestly think about it— all by simply accepting and living the Good News.

One final thought.  If man would simply adhere to the Biblical principles of the Bible, without trying to pick and choose to suit their own human natures, most of the physical, mental, educational, social and economic problems faced by today’s generations would not exist.  Biblical principles work for those who have faith to believe there is a God. They do not work for a people and a nation that has cast God out; wrath has been prophesied and it will come for those.  Follow biblical prophecy and current news events if you are up to the challenge.

That is my thought for today, what is yours?

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