What is the “good news” of Christianity? How does one receive the Spirit of God to live in them?
First we have to talk about some bad news first.
- We all go our own way and fail to acknowledge God as Lord, King, boss of their lives and thus are not flourishing. Further that not acknowledging God as God means we are spiritually dead and in need of a savior. Romans 3:23, Isaiah 53:6, Romans 6:23
But there is Good News:
- Jesus, fully God and fully man, lived the perfect life we could not live and died the death we deserved to die to pay the penalty for their sin. Then rose again to prove that the payment for the penalty of their sin was accepted by God. Romans 5:8, Hebrews 12:10, Colossians 2:13-15
So how do we obtain this salvation that Jesus won? We have to agree with the bad news and believe the good news. Then we must:
- Confess that Jesus is the boss, king Lord of our lives. This is more than just lip service. This means that all we say, think, do, even our attitudes we place under the authority of Jesus. And we do it all to show our love and gratitude for what He has done and who He is. John 1:12, Romans 10:9-10
Once we do the above God promises: