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July 16, 2014

Good News!

“The Good News is about His Son … He is Jesus Christ our Lord. This Good News tells us how God makes us right in His sight.” 

Romans 1:3a; 4b; 17a (NLT)

Good news! Who’s not interested in some good news for a change? In his book, How to Give Away Your Faith, author Paul Little says, “More flies are attracted by honey than vinegar.” His point was that how we present our faith has a lot to do with the response we receive. It’s important to remember that the word “gospel” means good news. Before the Apostle Paul speaks about the bad news of man’s sinful condition before God, he begins with the good news. Seven times in the first seventeen verses of Romans 1, he uses that phrase good news. (Vs. 1, 2, 3, 9, 15, 16, 17) “This Good News is about His Son … He is Jesus Christ our Lord. This Good News tells us how God makes us right in His sight.” Now that is good news! How can I be right in God’s sight when I feel so wrong in my own? This is why it’s such good news! In verse 17, Paul says, “This is accomplished from start to finish by faith.” The gospel doesn’t deny nor ignore our sinfulness. It just doesn’t begin there. Two chapters later, in Romans 3, the Bible says, “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when He freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed His life, shedding His blood. … He declares sinners to be right in His sight when they believe in Jesus.” (Romans 3:23-25a; 26b NLT) The good news is that God makes us right in His sight when by faith we believe in Jesus. It’s not a matter of achieving but believing! Isn’t that good news?