THE GOSPEL: How It Works In Us (Part 2)
WHAT WE ALLOW GOD
TO SOW AND PLANT INTO US
IS EXACTLY WHAT GOD REAPS
AND HARVESTS FROM US
(He tells us to plant his gospel truth into us!)
(You can’t plant apple seeds and raise pumpkins!)
A Gospel Life Message from The Gospel Life Coach
Jesus says this is ‘required knowledge.’
It is something we must understand (Mark 4:13).
It tells us how the gospel works in us.
To repeat from part 1, both Jesus and Paul spent their entire ministries preaching the gospel of the Kingdom of God. They say the gospel is what gives us all of God’s good Kingdom things, and that it is the power of God in us and through us, and it is the means by which we impact others.
THE PREACHING OF INSTRUCTORS IN CHRIST
Non-gospel preachers always focus on the fruit the see growing from us (the good stuff and the bad stuff). So they preach, “DO attend church, give money, pray daily, read your Bible daily, attend small group, serve in some way, and give lots more money.” — “DON’T lie, cuss, cheat, steal, commit adultery, yell at your spouse, kick the cat or be a brat.”
In our western, modern mindset, we seek recognition and reward. We want the pastor to like us. We try to do as he says. Isn’t he the ‘BOSS’? But we all fail to some degree. Thus we need Jesus! We will all die with some sin in us — something — or more than one something that isn’t right for a Christian to think, do or say. That’s why we need Jesus!
We do good things as Christians, but we do them knowing God is prompting them in us, He has created us this way (Eph 3:10). We know God prepares and prompts us in good things because he began them in us, and continues to work them through us (Phil 1:6).
THE PREACHING OF FATHERS OF THE GOSPEL
We preach about what God has done for us, what God is doing in us, and what God is going to do in the future of eternal life. Paul speaks of Jesus coming (1) to abolish death, (2) to establish abundant life on earth, and (3) to reveal the immortality of eternal life in heaven (II Tim 1:10). This is what Fathers preach.
Now, why do we preach this? Do you know we cannot consistently act, on the outside, different from how we think and believe on the inside? The key word is ‘consistently.’ Abe Lincoln said we can fool some of the people part of the time, but we can’t fool all the people all of the time. Thus Proverbs 23:7 says, “As a man thinks (believes deeply) in his heart, so is he.” Father emphasizes gospel belief in us because it is HIS POWER that produces good things from us (Rom 1:16, Col 1:5-6). We saw this last time.
LIVING BY A PERSON, NOT BY PRINCIPLES
Paul says the only way we can live unto God (the Person), is by not living by principles, or by laws and rules (Gal 2:19). You see, living life by simply trying to be good, as we see good, is the trap Adam and Eve fell into eating from The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. This tree doesn’t make us wise and good, as they thought. This tree had GOOD fruit on it, but the whole tree was bad — it was forbidden. It is still forbidden today!!!
Jesus preached so much about us being IN him, and him being IN us. He preached about us being IN the Father, and the Father being IN us. He talked of the Holy Spirit being IN us. Paul preaches the same message all through his writings, especially in Ephesians. This is the key to living a godly life. When God is in us, and we acknowledge he is in us, our tendency to do wrong diminishes. We may not always do right, but our tendency to do right will increase.
Living by laws, rules and principles buries us under piles of religious DO-DO!
Living in God, and in the Holy Spirit creates godly belief (John 3:36, 16:9).
The difference between living by Fathers of the Gospel or by Instructors in Christ, is the difference between living by Done by the Son Declarations (the religion of DONE), or living by Do-Do exhortations (the religion of DO).