DayBreaks for 8/8/16 – The Gospel in Twelve Words

DayBreaks for 8/08/16 – The Gospel in Twelve Words

How would you tell someone about the good news? Some have developed tracts, some have written entire books to explain the gospel. But I like how our preacher put it these past few weeks. It’s so simple, so to the point, that I love it!

Here it is: We lost it all. Jesus paid it all. We get it all.

We lost it all: what did we lose? In Adam we lost our innocence, the ability to literally walk by God’s side and speak directly to him, we lost life and we lost eternity. It all happened so quickly that it takes your breath away.

Jesus paid it all: our sin incurred a penalty that would have to be paid. And we were destined to pay it forever separated from God’s presence. But instead of us having to pay for our own sins, Jesus left the glories of heaven for earth, suffered and died and paid the penalty for our sin.

We get it all: because of Jesus completed work (and what a key word that is!!!!), we got back everything (and what a key word that is!!!!) that was lost in the first place – and more. Yes, we were made in God’s image, we were his creation in the beginning, but now we are called his friends, his sons and daughters…and we will reign with him – all because of the middle step: because Jesus paid it all!

So, the next time someone asks you about the gospel, just remember those twelve words; We lost it all; Jesus paid it all; We get it all!

Now, go and celebrate!!!!

PRAYER: Oh, Jesus! The beauty of the good news takes our breath away! Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2016, Galen C. Dalrymple. All rights reserved.

 

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DayBreaks for 6/23/15 – No More Payments

DayBreaks for 6/23/15: No More Payments

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I cannot say that I’ve ever paid off a home mortgage other than the times we sold a home to live somewhere else. We have never been the kind of people who lived in one place forever. The list of places we’ve lived is long and varied. Sometimes we wonder if we should have stayed put somewhere – especially when we have friends who have paid off their mortgages – but then we think of all the adventure we would have missed by living in other locations, and we are content with the choices we made.

Debt, though, can be a life-crushing. At some point, it starts to eat you alive.

There is a passage in Colossians 2:13-4 that goes like this: And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses,  by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.

We sing songs about how Jesus paid our debt where his blood ran red and our sins washed white, or how Jesus paid it all – and how we no longer own a debt we could not pay. 

But I wonder: do we act as if we believe that is true? How many are still struggling to show God how good we are, to impress him somehow with why he should save us? How many are trying, through labors and works, to pay for a sinful past (or present)? How many spend hours pleading, hoping against hope, that God will forgive their sin?

You see, if you are in Christ, God has already forgiven it! You are DEBT-FREE when it comes to your salvation. Not because God just chose to ignore your sin, but because someone else paid for it and handed you the title to a plot in heaven where he has been building your house.

Are you a Christian? God looks at you and sees sinlessness. No sins from your past. No sins that need to be paid for from your present. No sin that you can commit in the future which will require another payment. It’s paid in full.

Grasp that – and your outlook on life will be changed forever from one of a timid, pleading, begging debtor to one freed indeed!

PRAYER: Thank you, Jesus, for paying my bill and making me debt free!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

© 2015, Galen C. Dalrymple.

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