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The Good News

I’ve been wanting to write about faith, God, and about the Gospel but I don’t know how to start… It’s like a complex thing… I’ve blogged about the end of times on my old Friendster blog page but after that, I never tried again until now.

Today, I will share with you the Good News… and it is written in this formula.

Faith in Jesus + 0 = genuine salvation > good works

Oops… you might be thinking that this is just another Bible preaching… well, it is… of course! So what’s in it for you to know this message?

Let’s put it this way… Answer these questions:

1. Do you believe in God?

2. How about life after death?

3. Will you go to heaven, hell or purgatory?

Finished answering? Let’s trim it down…

1. Most people believe in God… I hope you do… unless you are an atheist or a Satanist… or you belong to another religion that believes on a different god. If you answered yes to this question, proceed to #2. If you answered no then here’s my stand on that… “It is better to die believing that God is real than die and find out later on that He does exist.”

2. Death is not the end of our life… it is the beginning of eternity… the body can wither… but the soul and spirit of man will live forever. Remember the parable given by Jesus about Lazarus and the rich man? (Luke 16:19-31) It is a parable but it depicts a picture of what would it be like after man dies.

3. Heaven and hell are not just a state of being. Both are places. Several Bible verses attest that both exist.

For hell, Revelation 20:10 says, “And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” (NIV)

On the other hand, Jesus said in John 14:1-3, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” (NIV)

As for purgatory, nowhere in the Bible that it was mentioned.

So, where do you think will you go? Heaven or hell? You might be thinking, “Heaven maybe. I am not a murderer… I haven’t killed anyone… I didn’t steal banks… I lie but only white lies… I go to church every Sunday… Based on the standard of the society, I’m a good man.”

Well, think again. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God…”

You may not have killed anybody… but have ever you hated or got angry at someone? In Matthew 5:22, “But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment.”

You lied but just little white lies… nothing serious eh? In Proverbs 6:16-19, it is stated that “there are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to Him…” one of which is a lying tongue.

Since all men have not met God’s standards, then no man shall enter His kingdom… But He so loved the world that He gave His only Son (John 3:16) for man to have eternal life.

Romans 3:24 says, “…and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”

For us to be justified and become righteous in the eyes of God, Jesus died for us so we can have life… This were the good news comes in… we can be free from the bondage of sin and inherit God’s kingdom through Christ Jesus.

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)

Yes, faith in Jesus alone can bring us salvation. We just need to accept Christ as our LORD and Savior and believe in Him.

In Galatians 2:16, “…know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ.”

What about good works? Does it mean we can stop doing good things after we are saved? Certainly not! Once saved, we should reflect in our actions the grace that God has given to us. “Faith without works is dead,” (James 2:20). That’s why this is the formula:

Faith in Jesus + 0 = genuine salvation > good works

We can’t add or deduct from the grace of God. As it is stated in Ephesians 2:8-9: “For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 it is not of works, so that no one can boast.”

The gift of forgiveness…  God’s grace has been there all along… it’s up to you if you’ll accept it or deny it… your call…

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7 responses

  1. wow, may blog na sa patty 😀

    November 1, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    • ambilis mo nman… kakapublish ko palang ah… ehehehe

      November 1, 2010 at 7:52 pm

  2. Naks! Galing lang…
    Well said and clear. For sure, this can touch more people lives.

    To God be the Glory!

    November 1, 2010 at 8:31 pm

  3. Asher

    Jesus said that it is good to be humble, like a little child. (Matthew 18:2-4) And children, as we know, ask a lot of questions. God wants us to find the answers.
    The Bible praises some who were eager to learn about God. They checked carefully in the Scriptures to make sure that what they were learning was the “truth”.—Acts 17:11.

    What really is hell?
    http://www.watchtower.org/e/20020715/article_02.htm

    November 2, 2010 at 7:44 am

  4. Asher

    just adding more info about hell and it’s origin:

    Myth2: The Wicked suffer in hell
    http://www.watchtower.org/e/20091101/article_03.htm

    November 2, 2010 at 8:00 am

  5. ice

    You remember when you told me this? – “ano bang mas importante sayo? Ang buhay mo ngaun or a life you know you can live with God eternally.”

    When I hate the world and everything is just pissing me off and I wanna do things my own way, somehow I remember this. Always, and that keeps me goin again. 🙂

    Nice one Patty. keep it goin:)

    November 2, 2010 at 1:58 pm

  6. To God be all the glory… 🙂

    November 2, 2010 at 3:57 pm

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