What happens if I accept this good news?
In the past few posts on the goodness of God in the midst of an evil world, the answer to that good being Jesus Christ, God’s Son, we have covered some ground—but certainly not as comprehensively as does the Word of God itself. Hopefully, however, I have pointed you toward some thoughtful answers to seriously consider and follow up on and possible responses you can make moving forward.
Maybe you are not yet convinced about a good God who sent Himself in the form of His only Son to make a way through the wilderness of sin and suffering, evil and death in this world. Maybe you are not convinced that He came to release us from our bondage of self-evil and free us to live a life that is clean and renewed and able to work true good in this world and in the world to come (i.e., true life after death)? I hope you will keep on your search and not let the issue die out or pass you by. There is an alternative to the mantras of this world, and it is good to be fully and not partially educated on the possibilities of good. After all, we do natively desire good and not evil. Don’t allow yourself to be resigned to despair.
But maybe you are convinced. Maybe you just want to know what to do next. What would potentially happen if I walked this way, hypothetically at first? I am like that. I like to see the road map ahead. What all would happen, what would I need to do? What would I receive?
Glad you asked!
First, there is a line of thought and belief that such a step would take.
1. I recognize that I and my world are not good.
2. I recognize that Jesus came into our world to reveal the Good Father and to enact our Redemption in the midst of evil.
3. I recognize that Jesus’ atoning death changed the tables on who has the power in this world, detoothing and putting the power of evil over us on a deadline (Col 2:15), giving us Christ’s power to live well in a spiritual kingdom of good in the midst of evil, and one day over evil entirely.[i]
When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh (your living to your own desires in the flesh), God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And [He, Christ] having disarmed the [spiritual, anti-God] powers and authorities, and made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.Colossians 2:13-15, 26
4. I recognize that though I still retain my proclivity to sin while in this mortal body, God gives us His own righteousness through the righteousness of Christ (2 Cor 5:21) having been washed clean in the sacrifice of Christ (Psalm 51; 1 John 1:7-9; 1 Cor. 6:9-11).
I am forgiven and am being progressively restored and sanctified by His Holy Spirit (Romans 6; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Colossians 3:10; Philippians 3:12) so that all the Father sees in me is the reflection and embodiment of His Son (1 Corinthians 1:30).
We who believe are the Temple of God, His dwelling place on earth (1 Corinthians 3:16), until He comes again in power and victory over all and we enter the Holy City where He will be our Sun and there will be no need of a Temple for we will live with Him forever (Revelation 21:22).
I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of the Lamb is its lamp. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it. Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.”Rev. 21:22-26
5. We are called to do good even as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit has modeled for us; as the Teacher (Master) so the student (disciple), as the Father so the child, as the savior so the disciple.
We will rule in righteousness with Him now and in the New Creation as glorified servants and sharing in the eternal joys and uninterrupted, incorruptible fellowship of our Lord and Savior, our Triune God (Daniel 7:27; Matthew 25:20-21; 2 Timothy 2:12; Revelation 5:9-11).
Nothing we encounter in this journey is wasted; our trials here reap a weight of glory neither eye nor ear has ever seen or heard!
This is how life changes: We have a New Trajectory and Hope!
The Apostles witnessed the Incarnated Son of God. All we see and know now, however, is partial; but then on that Day He comes, we will know all, seeing him face to face, still full of grace and truth.
This is what happens when we say yes to God by accepting the Son and begin living more and more in the light of His glory and goodness. We accept his word as truth and obey it, even at cost in this world, because we have the assurance of our hope of a far better world soon coming.
This is what our Bibles claim and is the bedrock of Christianity. Salvation is not by force, but by willing choice. What will you decide?
Now fear the LORD and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancnestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD. Joshua 24:14-15Joshua 24:14-15
Heavenly Father, my head is swimming. All this is too high for me, and there are many questions that I have. I can’t believe that it is all true, because it is too good and I am still so wary and distrusting. Lord, help my unbelief. I want to believe and to understand more. Teach me, bring me Your Word in print and in person by the friendship of those who do believe and are seasoned and understand where I am and who You are. Connect me to Yourself so I can draw near to You and receive You. I need help, Lord. I see that I need You. Receive me, for I want to believe. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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[i] See “How Jesus Disarmed the Devil” by TheGospelCoalition.org at https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/how-jesus-disarmed-devil/