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Do you know why the Gospel is such outrageously Good News?
- It is not the hope of becoming clean, holy, righteous and Christlike
- It is not the hope of getting closer to God
- It is not the hope of trying to obtain more spiritual things
- It is not the hope that God will open the heavens to come down and bring revival
What makes the Gospel such Good News is that because of Christ and His finished work, by faith:
- You are already clean, holy, righteous and Christlike
- You are already in perfect union with Him
- You are already complete in Christ
- God already came down, revived you and told you to be revival
"Why aren't there more people saved, healed and delivered through the Body of Christ? Why isn't revival breaking out since it seems that more people then ever cry out to God for an outpouring of His Spirit? "Why don't I witness more miracles, signs and wonders in my life? I've asked myself, "doesn't Jesus say believers shall do greater works then He did?!" What's the problem here?
For a long time I wanted to work miracles, see people get healed and delivered, and make a lasting impact on people's lives - much like you do - but I didn't see much happen. Why? Primarily because of a law (Old Covenant) mindset. Yes, the problem was between my ears. As soon as I started to dump the effects of the outdated law-system and embrace the new grace-system, I started to see healing and miracles!
For instance, a neighbour of mine had an operation to have a tumor removed from her womb. Later, when tubes were removed out of her abdomen, tumor cells - by mistake - spread to 10 other areas in her lower body. It was after this happened that I got to know her. I introduced Jesus Christ to her and shared that He heals people through people like me who believe in Him. She - even though she isn't a believer - allowed me to lay hands on her, and I commanded all the tumor to dissolve and disappear in Jesus' Name. A few weeks later she went to get an X-ray. When we met again she was happy to tell me that all the tumors were gone! I asked if she knew Who did it. "Yes," she said, as she pointed upward.
The law (Old Covenant) was not created so that man could clean himself up, get closer to God, and twist God's arm to send revival. On the contrary it was created to show man that is impossible to attain cleanness, union with God, and create revival through human effort. The purpose of the law is to reveal sin and our need for a Savior. Once saved, we are no longer under law but under grace.
In Romans 7 Paul uses the illustration of marriage to explain our freedom from the law. He basically says, "a wife is legally tied to her husband while he lives, but if he dies she's free to marry another man. Likewise, you were legally tied to the rule-dominating way of life under the law, but you've died to the law through the body of Christ that you might belong to Another" (Rom. 7:2-4). You are legally married to Jesus who is grace personified. In Him, you're under grace (the New Covenant).
Your old man -- under the law system -- was a harsh demanding husband. He would only tell you how much you fail and fall short. "You've missed it. You never do enough. What a miserable failure you are" are among his favourite sayings while never lifting a finger to help. The demands and requirements hovering over your life would make you feel unworthy and not wanted.
Praise God, this demanding husband of yours died with Christ! Plus, the law-system went into the grave with him. What a relief to be married to your new Husband who's quite the opposite of the old one because He operates under a grace system. He doesn't make any demands for you to perform a certain way nor does He point out your faults. Rather, your new Lover only confirms who you are and what you're capable of doing together with Him.
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