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I Timothy 4:9-10 ” This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance (and for this we labor and strive), that we have put our hope in the living God, Who is the Savior of all men, and especially of those who believe.”

Hope…there’s a big difference between what the Believer and non-Believer thinks about this word.  For the non-Believer, it’s about wishing for something which may or may not occur.  In contrast, to the Believer,  hope is based on their faith of a living God with assurance to what He has promised in His Word.  In addition, this eternal hope is found in their trust and confidence in God’s Son, Jesus Christ…their Lord and Savior.

Luke 2:14 ” Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests.”

God’s glory came to earth…His transcendent and infinite greatness, the sum of His perfection took the shape of a tiny baby born in Bethlehem.  God’s peace came to earth…the gift of reconciliation with our Creator came to us in the form of the Gospel Message, the Good News of salvation.  God’s favor came to earth…His Good Will was lavished on us while we were yet far from Him, His Good Pleasure not to see any lost.   Isaiah best sums it up, “For to us a child is born, to us a Son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders.  And He  will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)

Psalm 68:20 ” Our God is a God Who saves; from the Sovereign Lord comes escape from death.”

For some of us, we’ve had the experience of being spared from death.  Maybe it was in a serious car accident, or a critical illness, or some other dire situation that happened.  But what we do know is we should of died, but God instead showed us mercy.  And when we look back with gratitude and thankfulness for what God did…we can start to appreciate the awesome power and sovereignty of our Lord.  And as the writer of Psalm 56:13 declared, “For You have delivered me from death and my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before God in the light of life.”

Galatians 1: 13-17 ” For you have heard of my previous way of life in Judaism, how intensely I persecuted the church of God and tried to destroy it. I was advancing in Judaism beyond many Jews of my own age and was extremely zealous for the traditions of my fathers. But when God , who set me apart from birth and called me by His grace, was pleased to reveal His Son in me so that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not consult any man, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to see those who were apostles before I was, but I went immediately into Arabia and later returned to Damascus.”

We all have a past…those B.C. years (Before Christ) when we were far away from God.  But for some, their “But when God” conversion is a radical encounter.  Saul had a similar divine appointment on the road to Damascus when his idea of God was turned upside down.  His radical conversion was a 180 degree turn from his past…showing that with God anything is possible, and that no one is beyond the reach of our Heavenly Father.

Hebrews 7:25 ” Therefore He is able to save completely those who come to God through Him, because He always lives to intercede for them.”

What does the Gospel mean to you?  I’ve been thinking about this all week in preparation for a meeting this Sunday.  To me, it boils down to Religion vs Relationship.  It’s the difference between ceremony and connection, liturgy and linkage, ritual and relationship.  For Religion is mostly man-made, piling on the things we can’t do…while a Relationship with Jesus Christ is about freedom.  It’s about freedom from sin and death and freedom from the Law we can never keep.  But the biggest difference between Religion and Relationship is this…Religion can’t save you.  Only Jesus Christ who lived a perfectly sinless life has the ability to bring you into His glorious Kingdom and eternal life…it’s only through Jesus that you can make your way back to God.

Hebrews 10: 11-12 ” Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, He sat down at the right hand of God.”

Jesus Christ is the Great High Priest who became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him…(Hebrews 5:9)  No longer did we have to keep offering the same sacrifices to remove our sins…for the truth is we can’t on our own abolish our sins…only the blood of Jesus can once, for all, do that.

II Peter 3:15 ” Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation…”

God has the power to punish mankind…yet He refrains from doing so.  Romans 2:4 tells us it’s the riches of His kindness, tolerance, and patience that stops Him from giving us what we deserve…quite simply, Hell and eternal separation from Him.  His mercy and long-suffering are blessings we need to consider and seriously think about then, for God’s patience can last only so long…and sooner or later His judgement will come.