Welcome to CoCo’s Chitchat! I’m so glad you could join us for our continuation of the Gospel Series. 😀
Here are the links to the previous posts if you haven’t seen them already:
This week is Part 3: When and Where.
Let’s dive right in, shall we?
I know I always say “that’s the beauty of the gospel” after, like… everything. XD But that’s because it’s so true! Every aspect of the gospel is amazing and should lead us to deeply ponder how beautiful the truth really is.
Just think… Jesus came down from heaven to die on a cross for you, all because He loved you so much that He couldn’t bear to see you struggle without Him.
And the timing in which He did that is absolutely mind-blowing.
We were in no state to be loved, especially not by the Holy Creator God. We were dirty, broken, and utterly abhorrent in our sin. We were failures, law-breakers, and God-haters on our way to eternal death.
Don’t you just love those two words?
But God proves his own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.Romans 5:8
That ought to lift a great burden off our shoulders, because God’s love is not based on what we do. His love is unconditional. It is unrelenting.
Before we admit we’re sinners–before we believe Jesus is the Savior–before we confess Him as the Lord of our lives–He loves us even then. He died for us even then. His salvation is not dependent on our being good enough; it rests solely on His faithful love.
We so often think we have to get our lives in order before we can come to Him, or He doesn’t want our sin so we should keep our distance. But God moved first.
He so desperately wants us to return to Him and pleads with us to not wait until we’re “good enough.” Because truth be told, we won’t ever be able to reach such a high standard. That is the entire point of the cross. It is the entire reason He left His throne to die for us.
It has nothing to do with our strength, our goodness, or our worthiness. But it has everything to do with Him.
For while we were still helpless, at the right time, Christ died for the ungodly.Romans 5:6
If you think you’re too far gone or it’s too late, I would encourage you to think again.
The past is what it is; you can’t change that and neither can I. But God says this moment right here is the perfect time to turn around. Today can be your day of salvation.
Today can be the day of finding what was lost (Luke 15:5-6).
The day the angels rejoice over your repentance (vs. 10).
The day you come home (vs. 20-24).
Not to get ahead of myself, but you may be thinking that it doesn’t make any sense–why would He do such a thing? Why would He bestow such extravagant mercy and grace on us before we even apologized for ruining all of Creation?
But that’s just it… it’s nothing more than mercy and grace because of His love. We are saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8). It’s His free gift toward us simply because He is love.
When is the gospel important? Right now.
When is this gift offered to us? Every single day until King Jesus comes back to judge the earth.
God is merciful and patient, but one day it will be too late. Any second, our lives could be demanded of us and we will stand before Him. We will have to give an account of all that we have ever done. If we aren’t covered by the blood of Jesus, we won’t measure up.
The Bible says that day will come like a thief–we won’t be expecting it. That’s why Jesus warns us to be ready.
The Lord does not delay his promise, as some understand delay, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief; on that day the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, the elements will burn and be dissolved, and the earth and the works on it will be disclosed.2 Peter 3:9-10
Therefore be alert, since you don’t know what day your Lord is coming. But know this: If the homeowner had known what time the thief was coming, he would have stayed alert and not let his house be broken into. This is why you are also to be ready, because the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.Matthew 24:42-44
I heard probably the most clear explanation of death I have ever comprehended from my pastor a couple months ago. He said that death is a separation; if I remember correctly, physical death being a separation of our soul and body, and a spiritual death being a separation of our spirit and God.
Everybody dies a physical death, where one’s soul leaves their physical body.
But not everybody has to die a spiritual death. Not everybody has to be separated from God for the rest of eternity.
If we are still in our sins, not saved by God, then we are currently separated from Him and will be forever. We are spiritually dead because our sin keeps us from Him.
However, when we place our faith in Jesus and ask Him to save us, He reconciles us to the Father. We are declared alive in Him, no longer too dirty for His presence because the blood of Jesus cleanses us.
Just like a branch dies if it’s cut off from the vine, so too are we dead if we are disconnected from God (John 15:1-6). But Jesus is the bridge that connects us back to God.
To use the Bible’s words, we are passed from death to life. (John 5:24).
And that is why Jesus tells Nicodemus in John 3 that he must be “born again.” Not a physical birth, but a spiritual birth. I hope to go into more detail regarding that concept in our next post because I didn’t *really* comprehend it until just recently, but it’s so significant and I want to take the opportunity to explain it clearly.
But back to this week, the answer to “where” is in Jesus. It is only in Him we are made new. Only in Him we are saved. Only in Him we can truly live.
I also want to point out that church people are not always Christians. Where our physical bodies are is not what saves us.
I’m not sure who said it, but somebody once said:
Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.
It doesn’t matter where we go, because God is omnipresent. We can never hide from Him. There is no place we can go to escape Him.
But that’s good news as well, because it means we can call on Him wherever we stand.
Where can I go to escape your Spirit?Psalm 139:7-10
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to heaven, you are there;
if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there.
If I fly on the wings of the dawn
and settle down on the western horizon,
even there your hand will lead me;
your right hand will hold on to me.
From now on, worshipping the Father will not be a matter of the right place but with a right heart. For God is a Spirit, and he longs to have sincere worshippers who adore him in the realm of the Spirit and in truth.John 4:23-24 TPT
We don’t have to go to a church building, or climb a mountain to reach God. He is Immanuel–”God with us.”
He is with us in our mess,
In our doubt.
In our confusion.
In all things.
If we put our faith in Jesus, we are secure. Nothing can ever take Him away from us.
Our salvation is from Him.
Our new identity is from Him.
Our mission is from Him.
I love the saying, “If the world didn’t give it, the world can’t take it away.”
For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.Romans 8:38-39
Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, and no man can get to the Father except through Him (John 14:6). There is no other name by which we can be saved (Acts 4:12).
It really is all because of Him.
I implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God (2 Corinthians 5:20).
In Christ now and always,
P.S. I hope you’ll join me next week as we conclude our series. We’ll be discussing the “how and why” of the gospel and you won’t want to miss it! Sign up for my weekly newsletter to be reminded of its release, as well as stay in the loop with everything going on behind the scenes at CoCo’s Chitchat. I’d love to have you along for the ride!