Do we really understand the Lord’s Gospel?
In order to be saved by His grace and merciful sacrifice we certainly need to know about Christ. Otherwise, we are deluding ourselves. Knowing Christ is the vital element of salvation. But there are rules, parameters, if you will.
In Colossians 1 we read this:
3 We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, 4 Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which you have to all the saints, 5 For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel; 6 Which is come to you, as it is in all the world; and brings forth fruit, as it does also in you, since the day you heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth:
Knowing Christ and being saved is only part of the picture. Knowing Christ and being saved means “the you of yesterday” is changed! “The you of yesterday” bore fruit that was rotten on the vine. When you were saved He cut away the rotting roots and replaced them with roots planted in His fertile soil. Yesterday’s you is not today’s you.
A Christian, newly reborn or long term, is going to be a person whose ways change. And, it is going to be obvious to everybody around him or her. That does not mean that he or she becomes righteous of their own accord. It does mean, however, that that newly saved person becomes righteous through Christ, his or her Savior. We change when we are born again.
Ask yourself, have I changed? Be honest. No one else is listening in except God. Have you changed? Are the fruits of your daily life still rotting? Only you can answer the question fairly, honestly and completely.
Would you like to experience more positive change in your life? Would you like to relieve yourself of the worry of daily life?
4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! 5 Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.
God’s word is True. He has taken away every reason to worry in the form and life of Christ Jesus. “Be anxious for nothing,” He declares. By His love “the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
This, beloved, is the best and most complete gift imaginable. His Salvation. His Love. His Grace. His mercy.
God bless you and keep you, all. Worry for nothing. Go to Him in prayer and He will hear you. Do I hear someone saying, “I don’t know how to pray?” God has that covered to.
Romans 8:26, 27
26 In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; 27 and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
Open your heart to Him. The Holy Spirit will do the rest. He understands your heart and He takes your innermost thoughts to God. Oh, I am so grateful to be His child and your servant.
May the Lord our God bless you.