How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?
And how shall they preach, except they be sent? As it is written, how beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things. Romans 10: 14 &15
How many times do we think this passage of scripture applies only to non-believers?
Who are the non-believers?
Is it anyone who doesn’t believe the gospel?
Is it anyone who doesn’t believe this gospel of peace?
If so, then the numbers of “unbelievers” will likely include many of us who profess to believe, yet we don’t believe it all.
Do we just believe that Jesus Christ saves? A one-time, generic, one-size-fits-all, when-you-die-you-go-to-heaven-instead-of-hell-but-in-the-meantime-you-are-just-miserable type of gospel that’s kind of bland and kind of terrifying all in the same package.
Or do we also believe that Jesus saves us ( at the time we are originally born again and made a new creature), AND sanctifies us ( makes us holy), AND justifies us ( presents us to the Father just as if we had never sinned), AND heals us from all diseases and the effects of sin, AND delivers us from evil, AND that all of that is a done deal; a finished work of art.
Just what is the gospel of peace??
The gospel of peace is the good news that we have been reconciled to God……that simply means we are no longer separated from him. The original sin of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden ripped us away from God; it tore us and Him apart. We could not be in Gods presence because He is holy and we were not. The amazing news of the gospel of peace says HE has provided reconciliation. He has restored mankind to a position of right standing with God. We are no longer condemned to a life of separation from our creator . We can go to him at any time, because HE came to us.
For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, that whosoever believes on him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16
Emmanuel; God with us.
So why don’t we really believe this?
Why don’t we live like we have everlasting life and that it starts the minute we believe?
Is it because we haven’t had it declared to us enough times? ( how will we call on him if we haven’t heard or believed?)
2 Corinthians 3:17…….. Where the spirit of The Lord is; there is liberty.
Liberty for what? Freedom for what?
Romans 8:2 says that we through “the spirit of life in Christ Jesus, have been made free from the law of sin and death”.
We are no longer trapped and bound by a system of justice that says you sinned, so you must pay. Our sin has already been paid for. We ARE free. Not we will be free. We ARE free. We don’t have the chains of sin wrapped around us anymore. We are free. We don’t have to live like everything we do is being judged; like we will one day answer for it.
Wow, it is a scary thing to think that every action, every thing I say and do, will be judged, and Gods gavel will crash down and he will say “GUILTY”! My sin and my bad attitude and my entire life has already been judged. He judged it all at the cross when Jesus died. Jesus died in my place, for everything I did; he already paid for everything I will ever do and say. And I go free. My sentence is paid for. The jail cell opens and I walk out a free person.
God sees me now as righteous. Good. Holy. Pure. I have nothing left to do except say thank you. The blood sacrifice of Jesus’ death on the cross paid it all for me. And this is true whether I believe it or not.
The same is true whether YOU believe it or not. Jesus paid for you when he died on the cross whether you believe it or not.
I can walk in the truth of full redemption, the truth of his amazing love; or I can walk like a sinner. I can stay back there in the past and wallow in my sin. Or I can walk into the presence of God and have him change my way of thinking. I can walk right up to him and say “Lord, Thank you for your amazing sacrifice; now take this mess and do whatever you want with it. Fix me or don’t fix me. Your choice. You have redeemed me. I’m yours.
That is the gospel of peace.
Simply a message of reconciliation with our mighty Creator.
The God of the universe come down.
God with us.
Not God up there……God right here and right now.