This ancient message has the power to change your life
As she walked home after what was just supposed to be a brief meetup at the coffee shop with an old friend, that ended up becoming a five hour conversation on God, and Jesus of all things. She laughed to herself as she kept on walking, she couldn't believe she was actually entertaining the thought, and worse that it actually made sense. She'd never really paid attention to all of that in the past. Growing up her family just labeled it a bunch of nonsense and never paid attention to it, so she never had the opportunity to consider it properly. But now she was, it was difficult to accept, but the change she'd seen in her old friend Natalie was undeniable. Something had to have happened,and something radical. Natalie said it was the gospel. That the gospel "changed" her life.
But how? How does it change lives, and how can it change yours?
That's our focus. How this ancient message, the gospel, changes lives. The gospel is the message that tells us of how God sent his son to die for our sins, and by his resurrection we have been put in right standing with God. And all we have to do is believe this to recieve the forgiveness of sins.
To show how this changes our lives, we need to know what happens in a person when they start to believe.
1) The cleansing of sins:
He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds.
Titus 2:14 NLT
One of the very first things that happens in us when we believe the message of the gospel, is that our sins are cleansed. And God doesn't see our sins anymore as the blood of Jesus cleanses us of our sins. This is important because having our sins forgiven, gives us access to approach God with confidence. This cleansing also helps us to serve God and do what pleases him.
2) We are made new
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT
Another important thing that happens is that we become new people. Not new physically, but we are made new from the inside out. Our spirits are given new life. It is this new life that causes the change in us. It comes from inside out.
3) God gives us his spirit:
And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago.
Ephesians 1:13 NLT
When we believe the gospel, God gives us his holy spirit. It is his holy spirit inside us that causes the change in us. He also helps us to live godly lives. And the holy spirit inside us proves that we belong to God, as this verse shows.
4) We are made holy:
For God’s will was for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ, once for all time.
Hebrews 10:10 NLT
As this verse shows us, another important thing that happens inside us when we believe is that we are made holy. The sacrifice that Christ made of himself makes us holy because we belong to a holy God.
5) We develop the fruit of the spirit:
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!
Galatians 5:22-23 NLT
As the verse perfectly puts it, because we have the holy spirit inside us, he works in us to develop the fruit of the spirit as listed above. And this continues to happen as long as we allow ourselves to be led by him.
6) God works in us:
For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.
Philippians 2:13 NLT
That's another thing that happens when we believe, so it's not by our might or force of our wills that change happens in our lives, it is simply God at work.
These are some of the things that happens in the life of a person when they start to believe the gospel.
That’s what happened in Natalie’s life, and that can happen in your life too. All you have to do is believe.
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