Colossians 1:19-23 (TPT)
19 For God is satisfied to have all his fullness dwelling in Christ. 20 And by the blood of his cross, everything in heaven and earth is brought back to himself—back to its original intent, restored to innocence again! 21–22 Even though you were once distant from him, living in the shadows of your evil thoughts and actions, he reconnected you back to himself. He released his supernatural peace to you through the sacrifice of his own body as the sin-payment on your behalf so that you would dwell in his presence. And now there is nothing between you and Father God, for he sees you as holy, flawless, and restored, 23 if indeed you continue to advance in faith, assured of a firm foundation to grow upon. Never be shaken from the hope of the gospel you have believed in. And this is the glorious news I preach all over the world.
Is the Gospel ‘Glorious’ news? Or is it just ‘OK’ or even ‘ho-hum’ news? That depends on how much you think you need its message. It would be Glorious to win the lottery if you needed the money. But would Bill Gates think it is ‘Glorious’ to win $1 million? Probably not.
Things that strike us as Glorious tend to be sudden, massive (to us) and unexpected.
For Paul, the Glorious News is that God has restored us back to innocence, removed the barrier between Himself and us, and given us supernatural peace. All of this came at no cost to Paul. The cost was borne God Himself.
Paul admits he had lost his innocence, was isolated from God, and had no peace. That is certainly how I felt when I had the Glorious News explained to me. I felt like I’d been released from a dark prison into the light of day. I felt like a had a second chance.
How many people around us outwardly look ok, but inwardly are feeling that same loss of innocence, lack of peace and isolation from God? We have Glorious News! The King of the Universe wants to restore their innocence, bring them close to Him and give them supernatural peace.
Paul says to never lose the hope of the gospel we have believed in. If we keep that hope fresh in our minds, we can easily show it to others.
God, please remind me how I felt the day I first heard The Glorious News, so I can show it to someone else.
Written by Paul Fleming