Show me what the Gospel is

“At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures.  We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another.  But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.  He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.”  Titus 3:3-7.

Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading; 1 Timothy 5-6, and Titus 1-3.

How much better could the Gospel be said?

1 – Our separation from God is noted.

2 – What God did to change that separation is noted.

3 – What we have because of what God has done for us is also noted.

It seems so simple, but so many miss it.  So many have their own mistaken notions of each of the three “notes.”

Why do so many want to take the simple and make it complex?  O that God would lift the blinders from their minds that they might get in on what He had for them!

I think of Naaman.  Engulfed with leprosy, he is given a solution by Elisha.  Naaman rejects the solution because it doesn’t fit his idea of what the solution should be.  Fortunately, for Naaman, he has helpers who talk him into doing it Elisha’s way.

Why should I witness?  There are many who need to be persuaded that they need God on His terms and that His “terms” aren’t complicated.  Very straight forward, actually.

“Lord, I thank You for these verses in Titus that spell out the Gospel.  I am a sinner.  I realize my need for You to deal with my sin problem and consequence.  Thank You for taking care of my sin problem.  You have given me new life.  You have opened my heart to wanting to serve You forever.  You are coming back.  Help me to prepare the way here on earth for Your arrival.  I love You, Lord.”

Don’t complicate the Gospel.  Why?  Because you confuse yourself and you also make it difficult to witness to others.

 

 

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