1 John 4:7-11 – “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” NASU
As with Love, the word Gospel is also almost a useless word in our vocabulary today. The reason I say that is because most do not understand what it really means. Many think that it means the first four books of the New Testament. However, if you examine the whole of the Bible you find that “Gospel” means “the good glad, merry news that makes a man’s heart leap for joy.” If God is the kind of God that loves messed up people and will come to us who do not deserve and cannot earn His love that coming is characterized by another word that we often misunderstand – GRACE!
Grace in its most simplistic form means that God gives to me that which I do not and cannot earn or deserve. Because God IS love, He must and does deal in Grace! Everything that God gives is FREE and cannot be earned! Simply that means something has happened to us. We did not earn it, do not deserve it and cannot become good enough to receive it. If someone gives you something that you did not earn and do not deserve what is your response? It should be ‘Thank You!’ The New Testament calls that FAITH which in simplicity is ‘to rest in.’ Our response to the Gift of God is Faith!
God gives, through nothing that I have done and nothing in me but just because He is who He is. The only possible response I can have is to say, “Thank You!” When we do that we find that He means it so we can rest in that truth and declare – I’VE GOT IT! That, my friend, will cause the heart to literally leap for joy! God is love, He acts in grace, and we respond in faith saying THANK YOU! It is not you trying to be better or trying to do good. It is FAITH or simply saying, THANK YOU! When you do that a miracle takes place and you are ‘reborn.’
Okay, then what happens in the ‘rebirth?” We are birthed into the family of God! What is the character of the family of God – LOVE! So when God’s love comes into me I am a new person – – THAT IS THE GOSPEL!
Just before Jesus went to the Cross to take away our sin, He said some things such as, “Except a grain of wheat fall to the ground and die, it abides alone. But if it drops into the ground and dies, it brings forth much fruit.” A very simple illustration that is incredibly easy to understand. If you have ‘one grain of wheat’ and plant it, the Law of Harvest kicks in and you receive many more than the single grain that was planted and the fruit is an exact replication and representation of the original. Therefore, Jesus said, “There is only one of Me. No one has ever lived God’s love before. I’m going to fall into the ground and die, and if I do not there will never be but one of Me. But, if I do then I will bring forth much fruit.” He was telling us that there would be millions if not billions like Him. That has been the desire of God over the centuries. You see, Jesus did not come just to forgive our sins. That is only the handle on the door of the Kingdom. He came to produce persons who LOVE like He LOVES! The Law of Harvest is that through His sacrificial death and resurrection there will be MILLIONS UPON MILLIONS LIKE HIM. Millions upon Millions who love like He loves!
If you can receive this, if we love like Jesus loves, then we won’t have to worry about keeping the Law. You do not need a Law that says, ‘you shall not kill’ if you have LOVE inside of you! You will not need a Law that says, “You shall not steal”’ if you have LOVE inside of you! If this love comes into our hearts then we do not need the Ten Commandments! That’s what Hebrews 8:13 is talking about. As long as the Love of God is alive in your heart then you will not only do everything that The Law was mandating you will DO MORE!
When we truly MANIFEST Jesus through Love, the world will respond in a mighty fashion. I’m not talking about a formula, fad, or gimmick I’m talking about the GOSPEL! I am not trying to condemn or criticize but simply say HE WHO IS LOVE lives in our hearts and LIVES HIS LOVE through us! When that happens ‘people are drawn to God like moths to a flame!’
God be with you as you go through your day!