“God our Savior…wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” 1 Timothy 2:3-4
I met a woman this week who said she ‘received’ the Gospel from her parents. “What an interesting choice of words,” I thought. The words became more meaningful as she shared her history. My new friend is from China where Christians have been persecuted for pursuing their faith. She is a third generation Christian. She ‘received the Gospel’ from her parents, who received the Gospel from her grandparents, who received the Gospel from Americans serving as missionaries in China. From her family’s perspective, they received the Gospel.
To receive means to actively take or accept something. Many of us say we’ve heard the Gospels, or we’re studying the Gospels. Some might even say they know the Gospels, but have we received the Gospel? Have we accepted the Good News and teachings of the Gospels?
My friend spoke with great appreciation for the missionaries who shared the Gospel with her grandparents. Because of their efforts, four generations from her family are now Christians. Her children are being raised in the Christian faith here in Charlotte, NC.
Hearing my new friend speak about her faith made me realize how much Americans take our Christian faith and heritage for granted. Our conversation also made me realize how important it is that we not just hear the Gospels, we need to receive the Good News of the Gospel by claiming the truth of Jesus Christ.
The Gospel is the Good News that when Jesus Christ died on the cross, He gave Himself as a perfect sacrifice for the sins of mankind. Three days later God raised him from the dead. Now he sits at the right hand of God, our Father, in heaven. Because of this, we, too, can be ‘raised’ from our sins and given eternal life in heaven. Through Jesus Christ, man can be forgiven of his sins. Mistakes, wrong-doings, and evil ways will be justified with God so that we can live for eternity with God in heaven. It doesn’t matter what we’ve done or where we are in life, Christ is ready to receive us. Are you ready to receive Him?
Once made perfect, Jesus became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him. – Hebrews 5:9
Would you like to know more about receiving the Gospel? Or receiving Christ as your Lord and Savior? If so, you can contact me at ReneeMyers@carolina.rr.com or go to www.Proverbs31.org and click on Know Him.
If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. – Romans 10:9