My understanding of God’s unequaled grace, love, and mercy wasn’t completed over that one trip. To this day, God continues to reveal to me more about the glorious gospel of Christ. The wonder of what Jesus did for us at the cross is so great that no matter how much we may know about it, there always remains more to comprehend. Though I had a long way to go in understanding the full truth of the new covenant of God’s unmerited favor, the foundation for future revelation had been established.
As time went on, God continued to further reveal to me the good news of what His Son has accomplished. I came to understand how He had never intended for us to live under the burden of guilt and condemnation in the first place, and how the law was our
” . . . tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith” (Galatians 3:24, NASB). It was given to show mankind just how sinful they really were, that they would recognize their need for a Savior and turn to Him – rather than their own works – to secure their righteousness. He enabled me to more fully grasp the fact that we are made right with Him through faith (Romans 3:22), not by the works of the law (Galatians 2:16), and that because of Christ, in fact, He no longer remembers our sin (Hebrews 8:12).
I started to apprehend that I was a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17), and that
” . . . as He is, so also are we in this world” (1 John 4:17, NASB). I began to understand that Christ was my new identity.
The truths that God was revealing to me affected more than just my beliefs. They impacted many areas of my life in significant ways. Once I understood how very much He loved me, and that I had right standing with Him because of Jesus, I started hearing God’s voice more clearly and consistently than I had in the past. I began to to view others in a new light – as people dearly loved by Him, and worth much in His eyes. I experienced a new passion for praise and worship, born out of the the change in my life which had started during a worship song. I fell more in love with my wonderful Savior, who had captured my heart with His grace, and I came to possess a burning desire to share with others the wonderful news that had so impacted my own life. It was this desire that prompted me to start Called and Created. These are the effects the gospel had in my life.
The gospel is not the bad news that God is put out with us because of our wrong doing. It is the GOOD news that Christ took all of our sin upon Himself, that we might receive His place of righteousness before God. It is the truth of the undeserved, unmerited favor that our Heavenly Father has shown us in abundance. It is the power of God for the saving of all who believe (Romans 1:16). God wants you to experience this saving power in your own life. Invite Him to give you a fresh revelation of His love and grace – demonstrated through His Son’s work at the cross – today!