For as in our first birth into this world we did nothing and triumphed gloriously, so in the second birth of our death we need do even less to triumph more. By Jesus’ death in ours, and by our death in his, we have laughingly, uproariously, roariously, outrageously beaten the system. It is a piece of wildly Good News: what a shame we don’t let the world of losers hear it more often.
Can I be honest with you?
The first time I really heard this message I thought it was heresy. If I had been by myself, I would have left the meeting. I was texting my wife telling her, “I don’t agree with this. I think this is heresy.” Now you may be asking what the message was? Here it is.
God was in Christ. He was working through Christ to bring the whole world back to Himself. God no longer held men’s sins against them. And He gave us the work of telling and showing men this.
This is the second layer of the gospel. The first layer is John 3:16. Once you understand that God loves you and sent Jesus, you have to then learn that God was in Christ and is NOT holding your sins against you. By Jesus dying on the cross He forever satisfied and closed the separation of our sins.
I’m not sure why I believed this truth to be error. Perhaps, I was being too cautious of falling into heresy. Maybe, I’d never really heard it. It could be that I actually believed the opposite, that God was still holding my sins against me.
Once I truly encountered Grace, not the concept but the person, a lot of what I thought I believed was called into question. This quote has been a guiding thought for me in these past two years.
Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear.
Imagine what would’ve happened if Saul, Apostle Paul, had never encountered Grace and then began to understand everything he ever knew in a light of Jesus.
Let me be clear: I am not saying throw everything you’ve ever believed out the window. What I am saying is to ask Holy Spirit to guide you into truth, point you to Jesus, and comfort you in the questions.