GOOD NEWS—it tends to bring joy to our hearts when we hear it. Good news cheers the heart and lifts the spirit: “Anxiety in a man's heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad” (Proverbs 12:25 ESV). Yet sometimes, even good news can be tainted by doubts and fears and threats from outside – fears that it won’t last or that it can be changed. Yet there is the GOOD NEWS of the Gospel that is truly good and truly lasting, which nothing on earth can destroy – so much so that it is almost seemingly “too good to be true” and too hard for us to grasp.
Because we aren’t omnipresent and all-knowing creatures, we rely on news to help us decide what to do with our lives and the lives of those we know. We wait on news to make the best decisions for our present and future. And so, we see investors eagerly waiting on news about how their financial investments are performing – are they richer this morning or poorer? The news should directly affect their behavior. Medical patients pray for good news from their doctors.
It is only by faith that the Christian avows his doctrines as entirely factual though it be not even for the earthbound elect to sensually observe the excellences of God as by direct consequence proceeding from Him (1 Corinthians 13:12, 2 Corinthians 5:6-7).
Saying that the Word of God is sufficient and that God’s Word is truth does not just mean that it contains truth. It means that Scripture is sufficient for determining truth and that it is the measure of truth when it comes to subject matter related to the Bible.
Can we be assured that there really is truth in this fallen world where lies and deceit often reign? Is there a way to discern truth from lies? And is there anyone we can trust who knows and speaks truth and causes us to desire it in the inward heart?
What is truth? Just like Pilate, many today are asking that question. Oprah Winfrey, at the 75th Annual Golden Globes, stated, “Speaking ‘your truth’ is the most powerful tool we have.” These days everyone has their own “truth,” which has completely redefined what the word means. In fact it has turned the word “truth” into a lie.
How do we KNOW what we know? Have you ever stopped to consider this? We say we “know” something when we see, hear, or experience it for ourselves, OR someone tells us that they have seen, heard, or experienced something, and we believe them.
When someone is born of the Spirit, God gives that person many gifts. Some of the gifts God gives us through being born of the Spirit begin with the power to become children of God, to enter the Kingdom of God, to know God and Jesus Christ, to know and abide in God’s love, to be kept from the evil one, to be sanctified in the truth, to be one and perfected in unity, and to be with Jesus forever.
God’s gracious plan of Salvation—His remedy, if you will, for the problem of sin and death—is simply to offer Salvation to all who will believe in the person and work of Jesus Christ.