“For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called:  Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”  Isaiah 9:6 NLT

The story of Christ is a simple one.

Long years back God created heaven and earth, land and sea, animals, fish, birds, and human kind. Men and women, male and female, we were created in the image of God.

God, being love, orchestrated a great multiplication of love as the Spirit of God was breathed into and through us and as humans were mandated with filling the earth and taking great care of this world. These first humans were Adam and Eve.  Genesis 1:26; Genesis 2:7

There was though, one injunction, one command,  “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”  Genesis 2:17 ESV

But, as we know, Adam and Eve did eat of the tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil.  The Bible tells us that immediately they became aware of their sin in crushing self-consciousness; they lost their innocence and ability to live life freely as children of God.  We are told they hid themselves, ashamed and broken.

Yet, we then read the most amazing thing. God came walking in the cool of the evening as was his habit. God came toward Adam and Eve, seeking them out to fellowship and walk together as in the days before.

We then read that God, the creator of heaven and earth and everything in it, the one who birthed every good thing we know, killed one of his creations in order to cover over the shame and nakedness and embarrassment, the self-consciousness and sense of condemnation, that Adam and Eve were experiencing.

And God has been coming toward us ever since. God’s love covers over a multitude of sins. Forgiveness has always been the way and heart of the Father.

John 1:29,  1 John 2:2,  John 3:17

God emulates his scriptures where we read in Ephesians,

“.. with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:2-3 NLT

And we must not forget this amazing passage in Romans,

“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.  No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”   Romans 8:38-39 NLT

We know that we all have sin as the Apostle Paul testified,

“And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t.” Romans 7:18

But, God says,

“ ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ Says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.’ “   Jeremiah 29:11 NLT

The heart of God is for us.  God is for you! God is your solution. God is the solution to our dying, chaotic, broken, weary, world.  Matthew 11:28;  Jeremiah 31:25;  Revelation 22:17

As we read in Romans,

“For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.  Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men.

For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”   Romans 5:17-21 ESV

You see, God is bigger than your sin. God’s love washes away a multitude of sins.  1 Peter 4:8

God took care of the sin problem some 2000 years ago.  

“He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world.”  1 John 2:2 NLT

And so, we remain in expectation of God’s heart for us, over us, in us.  Jesus has done a great work for  us!  The gospel is NOT about what we do for God, but the gospel is about what God has done for us!

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,”  Ephesians 2:8 ESV

“So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.”  Romans 5:11 NLT

All through time God has continued to come toward us. The Bible is the story of God intersecting our human experience, meeting us as people in all our various contexts and cultures.  

God is always communicating to you and to I. Jesus is our priest and Holy Spirit is our leader and guide. Look to the Lord. Cry out to God. Call on the name of the Lord and things will go well with you.  

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Philippians 4:6-8 ESV

God is for you. God loves you. God is restoring you. Call on the name of the Lord.


“Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand.” Jesus, in Matthew 4:17

“Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.” Romans 10:9-10

When Christ’s body was broken Luke 22:19 for you and I, light John 8:12, life 1 John 1:1, and love John 3:16-17, poured out.

Jesus has done for us what we could not do for ourselves. We were stuck in sin and death, the entire world too, but Christ Jesus has conquered these. Isaiah 25:8

Religion says, “You must sacrifice” — Jesus says, “I am the sacrifice”  Hebrews 9:11-15
Religion says, “You must try harder” — Jesus says, “Rest in me”  Matthew 11:28-30
Religion says, “You have failed” — Jesus says, “I am making all things new”  Revelation 21:5
Religion says, “You must follow a spiritual leader”  — Jesus says, “I am your priest” Hebrews 7:15-28 1

Our part is to stop trying to make ourselves right with God.  Galatians 2:18-19.

Instead, we enter into His rest. We truly accept and receive deep into our inner being the work of Jesus Christ on our behalf.  Galatians 5:4

Jesus is the giver of the keys of the Kingdom of God. Matthew 16:19

Jesus is eternal life. 1 John 1:2

Ask the Holy Spirit to help you answer these next questions:

“Holy Spirit I come in the name and the blood of my Lord Jesus Christ. I ask that you would reveal to me where I am still trying to keep the law and to make things right on my own. Show me my errors of self-effort and of refusing to come into your grace.  Amen”. 2 

Find a quiet place to sit before God. Ask these questions one at a time, waiting to hear what the Holy Spirit wants to show you. Then write down your response to each question.

1.  Holy Spirit, where am I still trying to make things right with God?  3 

2.  Holy Spirit, is there something in my life that I think is too big for the grace of God?

3.  Holy Spirit, what area of my life am I holding back from God?

The answers to each of these things must be brought to the cross of Jesus Christ and left there. We bring our self efforts, we bring our striving, we bring our pride that would want to be good and right, and we enter into Christ, for he alone has made (and is making) all things right.

Galatians 5:1  4 

“Jesus I enter into the blood covering that you provide for me. I put down my striving and my self efforts. I am sorry.  I move from law and religion to your salvation which has paid the price for me. I am free and I ask that you bring your freedom and life to my heart in a new way today. I enter into your rest in the name and the blood of my Lord Jesus Christ.”


The gospel is the story of God loving and making a way for the restoration of all people.
Isaiah 42:1-4,  Jeremiah 29:11,  Luke 4:18

We are caught in sin and death.  Romans 3:23, Proverbs 6:16-19, Romans 1:28-31

God comes toward us in forgiveness.   Isaiah 1:18,  1 John 1:9,  Isaiah 53:5

God does for us what we cannot do for ourselves.  Romans 5:8, Isaiah 40:28-31, John 1:1-5

God offers himself as our sacrifice.   John 3:16,  1 John 2:2,  Revelation 1:5

When we accept Jesus we accept his help.   2 Corinthians 5:17,  John 5:24,  Psalm 23:3

In Jesus, and Jesus alone, we are renewed.  1 Corinthians 15:22,  Galatians 5:1,  Ephesians 2:8-9

Christ makes us right with God.   Acts 13:39,  Romans 5:1-5,  Titus 3:5-7

We stop trying to keep the law.   Proverbs 3:5-6,  Galatians 3:3-10,  Ephesians 2:8

We live unto God.   Jeremiah 24:7,  Romans 10:4,  2 Peter 3:18


1  There are good, worthy, wise, spiritual leaders all around us. We can learn from them, glean wisdom for our own lives. Take up an apprenticeship with them even. But, it is Jesus Christ that we follow.

2  Note: this is very important as you cannot know this yourself.

3  Note: there are right things to do, but we cannot make ourselves right with God, only he makes us right with him

4  Take the time to read the entire book of Galatians

=>  Your next lesson is Faith – Whole Hearts


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