Good News Seminar The Bible Contains Good News for Modern Filipinos Bob Marshall & Dick Ady
Bad News • US Heat Wave-summer 1995 • Medical Tragedies • Mothers Killing their Babies • Unemployment in the Philippines • Health Problems & Hunger • Wars, Revolutions, Population Crisis • Government Waste • Abortion • Ebola Virus • Spiritual Tragedies
The Good News • "Gospel"(Greek "euangelion") Means"Good News." • The Message about Jesus is Good News! • Reconciliation with God. • Joy, Joy, Joy!
God's Blessings • Bad News Helps Us Appreciate Good News.Imagine: • A bullet misses your head. • You are cured of cancer. • A truck misses you on a bridge. • Biblical Examples: • Thewoman with a back deformity "rejoiced at all the glorious things that were done by him [Jesus]" (Luke 13:17). • Paulwas amazed and said, "the grace of our Lord overflowed for me" (1 Timothy 1:14).
God's Blessings We Can Be Rescued from Sin • Romans 3: 23:"All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” • Romans 3:26: " The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
The Bible Pictures Sinas . . . • Gangrene - (2 Timothy 2:17). • Death - "You were dead through your trespasses and sins" (Ephesians 2:1-2a). • Blindness - (John 9:39-41). • Slavery - "You are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness" (Romans 6:16).
The Bible Pictures Sinas . . . • Prostitution (Revelation 17:1-6) • Heart-disease "For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, fornication, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, foolishness (Mark 7:21-22). • Defilement "Let us cleanse ourselves of every defilement of body and spirit, and make holiness perfect in the fear of God" (2 Corinthians 7:1).
The Amazing Grace of God • "Grace" is mentioned 150 times in the New Testament. • Words are not adequate to describe it. Paul exhausts his vocabulary: • "Thanks be to God for his unspeakable gift" • (2 Corinthians 9:15).
Grace is Rich • "God is rich in mercy" (Ephesians 2:4). • "In Christ "God has blessed us with "every spiritual blessing according to the riches of his grace which he has lavished upon us" • (Ephesians 1:3, 7-8). • "To me ... this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ" (Ephesians 3:8).
Grace…is Rich • God extends his grace to us in times of trouble. Paul had a thorn. God said to him, "My grace is sufficient for you" (2 Corinthians 12:8-10). • Paul said that we are able to giveliberally because we have confidence in "the surpassing grace of God" • (2 Corinthians 9:8-14).
The grace of God is even more amazingwhen we considerwhere and what we were. • "While we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. But God shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:6,8). • "While we wereenemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son" (Romans 5:10). • "And you he made alive, when you were dead through the trespasses and sins in which you walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience" (Ephesians 2:1-2). • "But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ.” • (Ephesians 2:4-5).
That is GOOD NEWS!
What Has God Done for Us? • He has "blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 1:3). • "In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses" (Ephesians 1:7). • "In his divine power, "God "has granted us everything pertaining to life and godliness" (2 Peter 1:3). • He is the source of comfort, hope, and consolation" John 14:1-6). • He came that we might have life, and have it abundantly (John 10:10). That is, life that is filled with value, purpose, and meaning. • "Meaninglessness" is a serious problem in the modern world.
It Is Possible to Have Everything and to End Up with Nothing • The story of Homer & Langley Collyer. • Paul's warning: "As for the rich in this world, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on uncertain riches, but on God who richly furnishes us with everything to enjoy” (1 Timothy 6:17). • "They [the rich] are to do good, to be rich in good deeds, liberal and generous, thus laying up for themselves a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of life which is life indeed" (1 Timothy 6:18-19).
End Up with Nothing • Jesus' Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13:3-9; 18-23). Some people hear the Good News and receive it with joy, then fall away. • The Story of the Pennsylvania Farmer: He grew tired of watering his cattle from a slimy creek near Titusville, PA. Sold his farm for $833 and moved to Canada to work in the oil fields. Oil was discovered in Titusville. Within 10 years, the oil income in Titusville was $100,000,000. By 1900, it reached $1,000,000,000. The farmer searched for something right under his feet. • William Randolph Hearst searched for a valuable piece of art and found it in his own collection. He searched for something what was right under his nose.
End Up with Nothing? So Do We! so do we! So do we!
WORD PICTURES OF SALVATION I. Reconciliation: From to friends. a. Broken relationships are painful b. The restoration of a broken relationship with God is the essence of Christianity. (1) The parable of the Lost Son. (Luke 15: 11-31). (2) Man was made for fellowship with God, but because of sin, became God's enemy. Paul says, "God shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8). "...while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son" (Romans. 5:10). (3)The good news is: Enemies can become good friends.
Salvation…Reconciliation c. The Greek word for "reconciliation" is "katallasso" which, in N.T. times, meant a change of enmity into friendship. (1) This word was used by Paul in five passages of scripture: (Romans 5:10-11; 11:15; 2 Corinthians 5:18-20; Ephesians 2:14-17; Colossians 1:19-22). (2) In 2 Corinthians. 5:18-20, Paul says that God, through Christ, reconciled us to himself...that is, in Christ, God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them." Then, (a) Paul explains how God reconciled us to himself: "For our sake, he [God} made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of god: (2 Corinthians. 5:21). God put our sins on Jesus.
Salvation…Reconciliation (b) By "sending his own son in the likeness of sinful flesh, "God “condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the just requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us" (Romans 8:3-4). (3)This peace offering brought peace to heaven and earth: "Through Christ, God was happy to bring all things back to himself again-things on earth and things in heaven. God made peace by using Christ’s blood (death) on the cross. At one time, you were separated from God. You were God's enemies in your minds, because of evil things you did were against God. But now, Christ has made you God's friends again. Christ ... brings you before God as people who are holy, with no wrong in you, and with nothing that God can judge you guilty of. Christ will [continue to] do this if you continue to believe in the Good News" (Colossians 1:20-23a). ETR Version.
Salvation…Reconciliation (4) This peace offering even brought peace between people and other people: "The Jews and the non-Jews were separated like there was a wall between them. They hated each other. But, Christ broke down that wall of hate by giving his own body. “... through the cross, Christ ended the hate between the two groups. And after the two groups became one body, Christ wanted to bring them both back to God. Christ did this with his death on the cross." (Ephesians 2:14).
Salvation…Reconciliation Three pointsstand out in the passages: (1) Reconciliation between God and man was brought about by the death of Christ. (2) Man is reconciled to God, not God to man. God didn't leave man. Man, through his sin, left God. (3) Reconciliation was brought about by what God did, not by what we did.
Salvation…Redemption Redemption:Paying the price for release. a. In ancient times, a "ransom" was the price paid to secure the release of a slave or a prisoner of war. b. This term is used by Jesus to describe the purpose of his coming and his death: "For the Son of man also came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many" (Mark 10:45). (1) Jesus gave his life in order to set us free from bondage to sin and Satan. (2) He died that we might live.
Salvation…Redemption c. Paul says to the Christians in Corinth, "He [God] has delivered us from the dominion of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins" (Colossians. 1:13-14) d. The writer of Hebrews says that Christ "entered once for all into the Holy Place, taking ... his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption" (Hebrews 9:12). e. We were slaves of sin trapped in the Enemy's prison. But, Christ paid the price that set us free from Satan's dominion forever. That's Good News!
Salvation…Justification 3. Justification: Pronounced, "Not guilty." Acquittal. a. The term "justification" comes from the language of law courts. b. Paul uses it to describe what Christ has done for us. (1) "Since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, they are justified by his grace as a gift, … he justifies him who has faith in Jesus" (Romans 3:23, 24, 26). (2) In 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, Paul describes people engaging in all kinds of sinful activity. Then, he says, "And such were some of you. But, you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ..." (I Corinthians 6:11).
Salvation…Justification c. A modern illustration of justification. d. Justification makes us right with God, saves us from the past, gives us access to god in the present, and secures our future. (1) Paul asks, "Who will bring any charge [future of 'egkaleo'] against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies [present]. Who is he that condemns? [present and future] Christ Jesus, who died, more than that, who was raised to life is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us? Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?" (Romans 8:32-35). (2) The answer comes back, nothing will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 8:39).
Salvation…Rescue 4. Salvation. a. In the secular realm, the word "salvation" is used with reference to rescuing someone or something from danger and/or destruction. Example: Edmund Hillary was saved by his guide Tenzing Norgay. b. In the Bible, "salvation" is used with reference to our deliverance from spiritual death - eternal separation from God. It is being saved from our sins. (1) The angel of the Lord told Joseph that Mary would bear a son, "and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins" (Matthew 1:21). (2) Peter said, "There is salvation in no one else, for here is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:13). Saved from spiritual death.
SALVATION • The good newsis: • God has given us Salvation • Safety, • Victory, • Deliverance, and • Liberation • through Jesus Christ • our Lord.
THE HOLY SPIRIT 1. Is a person, a member of the Godhead. a. Personal pronouns are used with reference to him. Example: "He will teach you all things" (John 14:26). b. He is eternal. (Hebrews 9:14). c. He is everywhere. (Psalm 139:7-12). d. He knows everything. (1 Corinthians 2:10-11). e. He has emotions. "Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God" (Ephesians 4:30).
THE HOLY SPIRIT 2. What he did: a. He took part in the creation (Genesis 1:2). b. He inspired men to write the Bible (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:20-21). c. He inspired men and women to speak for God as prophets and prophetesses (Acts 13:10-11; 21:9). d. He gave some the power to work miracles. (1 Corinthians 12:4-11). Temporary (1 Corinthians 13:8-10).
GOOD NEWS ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT 1. Pentecost:2 Commands, 2 Promises a. Commands: "Repent" and "Be baptized.” b. Promises: "Forgiveness of sins" and "the gift of the Holy Spirit." (Acts 2:38-39). c. These promises are universal. d. These gifts are made possible at great cost -by the death of Christ.
ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT. . .helps us become like Jesus. 2. The Holy Spirit helps us become like Jesus. a. "God decided that those [his] people would be like his Son (Jesus). Then, Jesus would be the firstborn of many brothers and sisters. God planned for those people to be like his Son" (Romans 8:29-30). ETR b. An impossible assignment - unless we get help from God. We have a Helper!
ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT. . .helps us become like Jesus. c. Jesus referred to the Holy Spirit as "the Helper" (Greek, "parakletos”) Meaning ”One who stands beside another as an advocate, counselor, comforter, exhorter, and helper). (See John 14:15-17; 14:25-26; 16:7-11, 12-15).
ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT. . .dwells in us d. Paul says that the Holy Spirit "dwells in us. " (1) "But, you are not in the flesh, you are in the spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Any one who does not have the spirit of Christ does not belong to him" (Romans 8:9). The Spirit lives in Christians. (2) "Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you" (1 Corinthians 3:16).
ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT"dwells in & leads us " (3). "Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God?" (1 Corinthians 6:19). e. The Spirit leads us and walks beside us. (1)"Walk by the Spirit, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh. ... But, if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law" (Galatians 5:16,18). (2) "If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit" (Galatians 5:25).
ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT "dwells in & leads us " f. The Spirit bears spiritual fruit in our lives: "But, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control" (Galatians 5:22-23). Paul adds, "God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us" (Romans 5:5).
ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT"dwells in us " g. The Spirit is helping us become like Jesus Christ, that is, like God. (1) Jesus Christ "is theimage[likeness] of the invisible God" (Colossians 1:15). "He reflects the glory of God and bears the very stamp of his nature" (Hebrews 1:3). (2) "And we all, ... beholding the glory of the Lord, are being changed into his likeness from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit" (2 Corinthians 3:18). (3) The Holy Spirit is a person ... a divine being who lives and works within us, changing us into the likeness of God.
ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRITsupplements us 3. The Spirit help us but does not override our personality. a. He supplements us but does not replace us. b. He penetrates our life, lives in our heart, and influences us at the deepest level, but he doesn't overpower us. (1) He functions in us like power steering functions in a car. (2) He is not coercive. He helps us.
ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT“Free” 4. When we are baptized into Christ, we arise to "walk in newness of life" (Romans 6:4). a. Our old sinful self is "crucified with him so that the sinful body might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin" (Romans 6:6). b. We are "made free from sin's control" (Romans 6:7). ETR c. But, being baptized does not deliver us from all contact with sin. It plunges us into a conflict with sin. d. A life-and-death struggle.
ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT e. Paul's three imperatives: (1) "Don't let sin control you" (Romans 6:12). ETR (2) "Do not yield your members to sin as instruments of wickedness". (Romans 6:13a). A military term. It is translated "weapons" in 2 Corinthians 10:4 where Paul describes the war that we are fighting against the forces of evil: "For the weapons of our warfare are not worldly.” (3) "But, yield yourselves ... to God ... and your members to God as instruments of righteousness" (Romans 6:13b). We must cooperate.
ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT But how? How can we conquer sin?
ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT“POWER” 5. We can't conquer sin by our own power. a. Everyone who has tried to do so has failed. b. Paul said, "I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate" (Romans 7:15). c. Paul uses personal pronouns 32 times in Romans 7. d. Finally, Paul cries out, "Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?" (v.24).
ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT“POWER” 6. Paul answers his own question: a. "Who will deliver me?" God will, "through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 7:25). Victory is ours! b. "There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus ... who walk according to the Spirit" (Romans 8:1, 4b).
ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT“POWER” c. We have victory in Christ because the Spirit of God is living in us and helping us 24 hours a day. (1)The "Spirit" is mentioned 17 times in Romans 8. What does he do? (2) He helps us conquer sin: "If by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live" (Romans 8:13).
ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT“POWER” (3) He give us inner strength. He strengthens us "with might through his Spirit in the inner man" (Ephesians 3:16). Ben Alexander. (4) He leads us: "For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God" (Romans 8:14). (5) He bears witness with our spirit "that we are the children of God" (Romans 8:16). (See Galatians 4:6).
ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT“POWER” (6) He "helps us in our weakness" (Romans 8:26). (a) "We do not know how to pray as we ought,” (b) "but, the Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words" (Romans 8:26b). (c) "The Spirit intercedes for the saints" (Romans 8:27)
ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT“POWER FOR GOOD” 7. Consequently(because the Spirit is helping us): a. "We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose" (Romans 8:28). My Golden Text. b. Nothing and no one can separate us from the love of God in Christ. (See Romans 8:35-39).
ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT“GOD’S PEOPLE” 8. The Holy Spirit marks us as God's people and guarantees our inheritance. a. God "puts the Spirit in our hearts to be a guarantee - a proof that he will give us what he promised" (2 Corinthians 1:22). b. We were "sealed with the Holy Spirit which is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory" (Ephesians 1:13-14).
THE GOOD NEWS ABOUT FORGIVENESS 1. There is no sin in today's world that God will not forgive. a. Only one unforgivable sin is mentioned in the Bible (Matthew 11:22-23). Blasphemy against the H.S. b. Aside from this exceptional sin, we can bring any sin to God for forgiveness.
ABOUT FORGIVENESSForgiven c. Paul told the Corinthian Christians that some of them had been "immoral," "idolaters," "adulterers," "sexual perverts," "thieves," "greedy," "drunkards," "revilers," and "robbers." (1 Corinthians 6:9-10). Yet, all of them had been forgiven. d.On Pentecost Sunday, Peter offered forgiveness to those who had killed Jesus.