The Hope of the World – (RE)CREATION – Part I

In (Re)Creation, Gospel by JD King1 Comment

“Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready” [Revelation 19:7].

|| | This is the first post in my series of blog posts called (RE)CREATION | ||

THE GOSPEL

Christians are most definitely not a people who are perfect. Christianity is not about being good enough. The Bible says that we are, every single one us, not good[1]. We’re desperately sick sinners at heart[2]. Our own righteousness is at best filthy rags[3]. We cannot earn our salvation. We are like dead people—entirely powerless on our own to get one inch closer to heaven. But God gives the hopeless, hope. Ephesians 2:1-10 sums it up:

“And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

God be thanked that Christ came into the world to save sinners! When we repent of our sin and place our hope in Him we can finally rest assured because Jesus paid it all.

“And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross” [Colossians 2:13-14]

He has gained the victory! We have been set free from the law of sin and death!

“For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death” [Romans 8:2]

We become transformed by the Gospel.

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern the what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” [Romans 12:2]

The operating systems of our hearts receive a major update and we begin to desire to please God in all areas of life. But while we struggle with our own sin and shortcomings til the end we’re not left in the dark about what is light: We can actually put fanciful, worldly ideas to the test. Once we know divine, powerful truth, as revealed in Scripture, falsehoods simply cannot remain.

Jesus, the Truth, ultimately defeated Satan, the Father of Lies, on the cross by His death and resurrection. We are to go and do likewise, shining the light of truth into the blackest of darkness.

“For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.” [2 Corinthians 10:4-5]

Without the Gospel, nothing would ultimately matter because we would all be doomed in the end. Only His grace can save us, sanctify us, and transform us into new creatures in Christ. Only the Most Faithful can help us be more faithful stewards.


[1] Romans 3:23
[2] Jeremiah 17:9
[3] Isaiah 64:6

J.D. King loves Jesus, his wife Katherine, hiking, camping, hunting, fly fishing, and filmmaking.

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  1. Dlelli@aol.com'

    I believe in the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world and my sins.

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