Why is this Good News?

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Dear readers, read the following Scripture.

“Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know—this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it. (Acts 2:22-24 ESV)

Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. (1 Corinthians 15:1-5 ESV)

Now, please share why this is good news. How has this news affected your life, worldview, etc.? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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1 Deitra Brunner April 3, 2012 at 10:35 pm

For me, it is a potpourri of things:
It proves that God is not short on His Word nor His promises. God didn’t have to come up with strategies and counter moves as life progressed. All of this was foreknown and prepared for. And, while we are down here protesting this and rallying that, I know that all things work in accordance to the plan and will of God; nothing is catching Him by surprise. Christ died so that we might be saved true, but He also died because God is righteous, just and holy and in order for God to commune with us righteously some things had to occur or else He would be wrong–like us.
Regardless of what people say, I can honestly try to teach the Word-to ALL-knowing that His Word will not go out and come back to Him void and that it is His will that ALL men be saved. I don’t get to pick and choose who all men will be, but I know that His will, will be done. I don’t have to join the ranks of those who make the Word of God of none effect, deciding who will and who will not be saved. Those who are not wise after the flesh, not mighty, not noble, not strong, etc. these are the ones that God is choosing; you know those ones who the world rejects? God uses us! Good news? Oh yeah!
I can truly rest knowing that He cannot fail, He cannot lie and He said that He loves me and I can take Him at His Word. I don’t have to wonder if He’ll love me tomorrow or if I make this major mistake will He leave me. He will never leave me nor forsake me. For me, this is a burden lifter, this is a freedom. I can explore, I can learn, I can fall, I can mess up…and He still loves me…and He covers the mistakes, does not hold them against me and even throws into the sea of forgetfulness…where NOBODY can find them! Yes, I can live with this!
He has made provision for me, yes collectively with the body of Christ, but also individually. He knows me intimately, he knows how many hairs I have, what is the true state of my heart, what I’m going to do before I do it…and He is continuously faithful even when I’m not. Who He is does not depend on who I am. He is God and nothing I can do will change that.
He answers me! I ask questions that I ask no other person and He provides the answer, not indistinctly but, clearly. I know exactly what He said and there are no questions. Oh, I still have the choice as to whether I’m going to obey Him or not, but it is always with an understanding of the truth. I don’t have a blind faith, I make conscious, knowledgeable decisions
I can let Him use me. I can let him mold me. I can trust Him. I don’t have to worry about Him setting me up for failure or humiliation. His thoughts for me are for an expected end.
And this Word that I trust? THIS WORD BECAME FLESH! God spoke this Word, He birthed His only begotten Son through speech! Who but our God could do this! Who but our God would even think this! His thoughts are so far above ours! Everywhere I turn in His Word, He proves it to me! I can do nothing but appreciate this good news.
These are very few of the reasons why His Word is good news.

2 David Rupert April 4, 2012 at 10:39 am

What it says to me is that right out of the gate, the church was built on the resurrection.

We have morphed these days into more of a needs-based church. We meet the needs of divorced people, young parents, alcholics and so on. That becomes our message.

instead, there is power in the resurrection and we should never forget.

3 Mark April 4, 2012 at 10:55 am

Deitra, thank you for taking time to share your thoughts.

David, pointed and accurate, thanks.

4 Ryan April 4, 2012 at 5:15 pm

How is the Gospel Good News ? Because It allows men to be freed from the bondage of sin.
How does the good news effect my life ? I live every day knowing that I was bought with price and therefore I ought to glorify God
for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. (1 Corinthians 6:20 ESV)
How does It impact my worldview ? It shape’s the way I view the meaning of life and the purpose of life because of the Gospel I believe the chief end of man is to Glorify God and to enjoy him forever. So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV)
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.
(Philippians 4:4 ESV)

5 Steve Martin April 6, 2012 at 5:41 pm

To me, it is good news because we are DECLARED righteous, for Jesus’ sake.

There’s nothing left for us to add…or to do. Except that which we desire to do.

“The good we do will not save us, and the evil we do will not condemn us.”

That is Good News!

Thanks!

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