The Gospel is the Good News

By Steven Shaw 

I really want everyone to understand the gospel truth as simple, yet detailed as possible. Here’s my attempt.

In the Beginning:

This story starts with no beginning. Let me explain. There is a Creator. He has no beginning, He has always been and He will be forever. We don’t know what he has done with all His “time” but he decides to create an existence. He starts with creating the full expansion of time and space, and then he creates the world unique. He creates life on only this one planet because he’s got a special plan for it. He is so overflowing with love and glory that he wanted to share it. The rest of the galaxies and worlds all work together to hold this one little planet in an organized working function. He creates life in the world, both animal, and human life. He creates man special. He makes him in His image. Man possesses some of His qualities include love, hate, jealousy, passion, creativity etc. He wants a relationship with his creation. He desires to live in fellowship with man for all eternity. He is their God and wants to be glorified rightly. He creates man with free will, another grace from God. This allows us to love God with all our hearts, might, and soul. He creates man to live forever in perfect fellowship with Him.

But God sees that man was not complete. Even with his perfect creation, God sees how he can make it better. God creates a suitable partner for man. God creates woman! A perfect, God ordained match for man. Man and women equal in right but different in duty. Man was now complete. God himself knew the importance of fellowship, as He is 3 in one. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. One God in Three distinct persons. He has shared fellowship with Himself for all of eternity and blesses man with the same treasure. Now all three, man, woman and God living together in perfect fellowship. But it wouldn’t last long. Man wanted more.

The Rebellion:

God has given man the entire world to rule over under His authority. They can eat anything and enjoy everything but one tree God has forbidden. God puts this option in their midst to know if they trust and love Him enough to obey. So what does man do? Deceived by Satan, they eat of the fruit of that forbidden tree. Now sin has entered the world, the sin that will curse all of mankind from now on. Man wanted more and that’s what they got. The very thing God was protecting them from is what man ran straight towards. The “more” we desired was the knowledge of good and evil. The evil that man previously had not known. Now there is a major disconnect between God and man. Man now deserves judgment and death. A perfect God that can’t deny Himself, demands perfection and must punish sin. There is no option B. He could have wiped out Adam and Eve and started over. But God knows best. God cares most about His own glory. And redeeming a fallen, rebellious people will bring Him the most glory, and show His love in the most spectacular way.

The New World:

Not only man is cursed by this rebellion, the whole world/universe is heading towards death. Now man sees his own sin. They feel shame and a distance from God they never knew, a distance that God never wanted. They chose their own path, and now they are under the wrath of God. Could God just have forgiven them? Only in his right and perfect way. Could He have wiped them out and started over? He could have done whatever he wanted, but he chose to save them instead. To give them salvation they didn’t deserve. God is perfect and can’t do evil. He can’t deny Himself, meaning, he can’t do what isn’t right. What does that mean? Simply, when you have a perfect God that can only associate with perfection, He cannot be around imperfection. Just as light and darkness can’t be in the same room at the same time, God can’t be anything but perfection. And whatever is not perfect cannot be with Him.

Imperfect Sacrifice: 

God gives man chance after chance to love and trust him, yet they fail and fail. God makes covenants to prophets of old and promises to his people. Now because of sin, there must be an atonement made. There can be no forgiveness of sin without the shedding of blood, but God doesn’t leave us to die, he offers a way to not be destroyed by Him. Sacrifice. He gives us priests to go before and offer animal sacrifices, he must take innocent spotless lambs to make a sacrifice for us. They are killed for our sin, not a pretty site. Bloodshed is not pleasant any way you slice it, but it must happen. God needs us to see the seriousness of sin, that’s with bloodshed. And endless death from imperfect priests sacrificing imperfect animals.

So What?

“Why are you telling me this?” because this is the point of the whole story. We are all in the same boat as the people of biblical times. We deserve wrath because that’s the righteous way for God to deal with sin. From birth, we are of a sinful nature. Sin being anything that is this perfect and holy God. God must destroy us. He has created us and now must destroy us because we chose ourselves over Him. We chose death and spat on life. We chose to make ourselves God, how petty. But God being rich in compassion and love decides to save us from Himself. That’s right, He saves us from Himself. God must punish sin, and we all have sinned. From lust to greed, to adultery and murder. It doesn’t matter, all sin must be punished. So what does he do? He sends His Son to this world in human form to live the perfect life we can’t live. Jesus, the second person of the Trinity. Jesus both God 100% and man 100%. Then He will take out His wrath on himself for us. Jesus comes as an innocent sacrifice, the Lamb of God. The sacrifice that could never be fulfilled through the blood of animals, must be fulfilled through God Himself. Christ living the life that we could never live. To save us and display His great love for us. By this, He will receive the most glory, which is His biggest priority. Jesus lived a life we would never choose to live. Our hearts and minds are so hungry for personal glory and pride that we would never live up to God’s standards. But Jesus did. Being tempted in every way, yet without sin. And because Jesus is God and lived the perfect life in human form, He was the only One that could take the wrath of God and satisfy God’s wrath. So God as man dies in the form of Jesus. Now those who call Jesus Lord, find salvation and forgiveness with the holy and perfect God that created them.

So what now?:

As we once stood under God’s wrath, now we stand righteous in front of God through the power of what Jesus has done on the cross. God doesn’t see us as filthy sinners anymore. He now looks at us and see’s us holy and blameless because of Jesus. Jesus gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, to give us power in this life. Jesus took off His robes of glory, put them on us and put on our rags of vile. Now our salvation is as sure as His life. Jesus died for us, but more importantly, He rose for us. That ensures He will fulfill His promises and come back for us. Once slain by us as a spotless lamb, now returning as conquering King. Not coming for sin but to bring His people home. And deal with the people who have decided to live apart from Him. We who call Him Lord will be with Him for all eternity. We have been adopted into His family and the rest is eternity. Life with Jesus is our point to life. And the gift that was paid for by an ultimate sacrifice is offered to anyone who receives it.

What Next?

God won’t let us rebel forever. Rejecting Him isn’t a free ticket away from Him. It is a one-way ticket to the judgment seat of God. This is where you will receive the very life you have chosen, a life without God for eternity. The worst thing God can do is take His presence away from you. That is a life in hell. Hell simply put is a life without God. And that doesn’t mean party time. Hell wasn’t created for you. That is the place that God will destroy Satan and his angels. It will be no good. The only goodness and joy you’ve ever experienced are of God. Yes, even in your rebellion there was uncountable graces in your life, like breathing. Cursing Him with the mouth that He formed and sustained. You want a life without Him, that’s what you’ll receive. He won’t force you to be with Him. And it will be no life at all. With God, it’s called eternal life. Peace, joy, love, happiness, complete and utter paradise. “Life” without Him will be an eternal hell, eternal death. Think of dying forever. Sounds odd, but that’s the best way I can say it. The opposite of what’s going to take place in heaven.

It’s Simple:

If you desire to turn from your rebellion and turn to God then it’s never too late (while you’re alive) to do so. No, I’m not asking you to pray some magic prayer. And no, this isn’t something you try. You can try every religion out there. But Christianity is not a religion. You either are in 100% forever, or you’re out forever. If you truly believe and have faith, you’ll know the truth of the Gospel first hand. Trying it out doesn’t work. When you are chosen by God, there is no turning back. If you’re still unsure, you should pray for God to soften your heart. To open your mind to who He is. Belief is a gift from Him anyway. There’s no hope of truly believing without His divine choice. But if you’re ready, then turn from your sin and turn to God. How? Get involved in a Bible teaching, God fearing, Christ-exalting church. Read your bible to discern if your church is teaching the Bible. If you need a starting point and a prayer seems right then pray this.

“Father God, You are good and I’ve been rebellious. Thank you for sending Your Son to live the life I never could, and thank you, Jesus, for choosing to live and die for me. Forgive me for my sin and create in me a new heart. Give me the Holy Spirit that I may live a life submitted to You. Use me however you chose. I want to live a life dedicated to glorifying You.”

This is just an example of a good prayer to start your new life.

Contact me if you need more info or help. This blog is in hopes that you will pick up a bible and read. You need to behold the glory of God so you will fall on your face in humility and worship him. That’s the only way to salvation. Know the power of God revealed in Christ through the Bible. Leave the world behind and follow the only Truth, that is Christ.

Closing.

Please don’t let my word be the final word on this. Pick up the Bible, read Gospel-saturated books by good authors, read good commentaries on the Bible, pick up Wayne Grudem’s “Systematic Theology”, read the 1689 London Baptist confession of faith and learn from a man’s lifetime of study and meditation on the Word of God. Most of all, trust in Jesus Christ and know what He has given us is whole, perfect and is for our good and His glory. Love you all!

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.

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In Christ Alone (dust&grooves 2)

I recently released a new album called “dust&grooves”. This is the second part of an album I released a few months ago. This is the last song on this album and the last two songs on this album are unique because I didn’t use old hymn words nor did I write them myself, but used newer contemporary lyrics to then write my own tunes over them. This one is the words by Stuart Townend & Keith Getty of the famous worship song, “In Christ Alone”. I still play the original for corporate worship services but had fun revamping these words to my tune. Here’s my version in full.

 In Christ Alone 

In Christ alone our hope is found, our Cornerstone, our solid ground

He is our light our strength our song, firm through the fiercest drought and storm

In Christ alone, who took of flesh, this gift of love and righteousness

Fullness of God in helpless babe, scorned by the ones He came to save.

(Chorus 1)

What heights of love, what depths of peace,

When fears are stilled when striving cease!

Our comforter, Our all in all, here in the love of Christ we stand

 

There in the ground His body lay, light of the world by darkness slain

Then bursting forth, in glorious day, up from the grave He rose again.

No guilt in life, no fear in death, from life’s first cry to final breath

This is the power of Christ in me, Jesus commands my destiny

 

(Chorus 2)

Till on that cross as Jesus died, the wrath of God was satisfied

For every sin on Him was laid, here in the death of Christ we live

And as He stands in victory, sins curse has lost its grip on me

For I am His and He is mine, bought with the precious blood of Christ

               

No guilt in life, no fear in death, from life’s first cry to final breath

This is the power of Christ in me, Jesus commands my destiny

 

(Chorus 3) 2x

No power of hell, no scheme of man, can ever pluck us from His hand

Till He returns or calls me home, here in the power of Christ we stand

 

I had to revamp the original words structurally so the rimes landed right. And I changed most of the first person phrasing (me and I) to congregational (us and we) setting. This is one of my favorite newer hymns. I didn’t change anything because I thought it was insufficient, I just loved these lyrics so much that I wanted to be able to sing them more and in a different way. This song is so heavily biblically saturated that I’ll have to give a simplified explanation here. But it is a beautiful song on the work Christ did for us on the cross and our future hope in him!

The first verse really sums up the whole song, “In Christ alone our hope is found, our cornerstone, our solid ground”. I could teach a whole sermon on just this first line. But the song does a great job at expounding on this point. First verse drives home the point of Christ being everything and all to us because He has done all things for His Children. The first chorus dives into the fact that Jesus is our safety, peace, joy and satisfaction. The second verse begins the journey of Christ and the cross. I love this because the song never assumes we know all the glorious truths of the Gospel. This is something I’ve been doing for many years because even when we know the Gospel, we so easily forget. The second chorus continues with Christ death and resurrection.  The last verse and last chorus talk our standing in the view of Jesus. We are His and nothing can take that away! God is good!

Here are some scripture references if you want to go deeper, and you should:  ·   ·   ·   ·   ·   ·   ·   ·   ·   ·   ·   ·   · 

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Did Christ O’r Sinners Weep (dust&grooves 2)

I recently released a new album called “dust&grooves”. This is the second part of an album I released a few months ago. The lyrics are from an old hymn, revamped to fit my melody and set to a song I created. The original hymn was written by Benjamin Beddome in 1780. Here’s my version in full.

Did Christ O’r Sinners Weep 

Did Christ over sinners weep, and shall our cheeks be dry?

Let floods of rules and grief, burst forth from every eye

Behold the Son of God in tears, the angels wondering see.

O my soul, He shed those tears for me e ee e

(Chorus)

He wept, that we might weep, each sin demands a tear.

In heaven, alone no sin is found, and there’s no weeping there.

 

Joy beams in every eye, and fills each holy heart

All join to sound the trumpet high, in praise to bear their part

In praise to bear their part, in praise to bear their part,

In praise to bear their part.

(Chorus)

 

This is a fun song. It’s different thematically than even the hymns I chose to do. It’s a serious topic but also one that believers can find joy in. The song starts with the fact that Jesus himself, while a man on earth, wept over sin and loss. And that’s how much we need to make of sin. It breaks our communion with God and hurts us. This is why it’s so tragic. God isn’t giving us rules and has “created” sin because He’s a mean unjust God. Quite the contrary. God didn’t create sin, in fact, sin isn’t a created thing. It is literally the breaking of Gods law. It is darkness being brought in from opposing His will. Sin isn’t tangible. The effects are but sin is disunion with the perfect and holy Creator.

But Christ has fixed this. He has put death in its grave and now those whom He’s chosen have now believed and will be in glory with Christ forever!

Scripture references are Psalm 51, Psalm 119:136, Jeremiah 1:9, Joel 2:17, Matthew 23:37, Luke 19:41-42, Romans 2:4, Philippians 3:18

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Thy Will Be Done (dust&grooves 2)

I recently released a new album called “dust&grooves”. This is the second part of an album I released a few months ago. The lyrics are from an old hymn, revamped to fit my melody and set to a song I created. The original hymn was written by Charlotte Elliott written in 1834. Here’s my version in full.

Thy Will Be Done

My God, my Father, while I stray, far from my home in life’s rough way,

O teach me from my heart to say,

“Thy will be done.”

Though dark my path, and sad my lot, let me be still and worry not,

Or breath the prayer Divinely taught,

“Thy will be done.”

Let but my fainting heart be blest, with Your sweet Spirit for its Guest,

My God, to You I leave the rest;

“Thy will be done.”

Renew my will from day to day, blend it with Yours, and take away

All that now makes it hard to say,

“Thy will be done.”

This hymn is really a prayer. It is asking for Gods strength to align our desires, wills, and whole lives with His. It is a constant struggle as our mortal flesh wants everything opposed to Gods will. The song starts with a very relatable (at least to me) confession of, “I am far from you, and feel it”. I am living a life of hardships and need to trust in You. Then the song moves to a complete resting in Gods love.  Totally surrendering to Him. Then the last verse is a prayer to continue to keep me close and right minded. It’s a really great song lyrically and a fun tune God gave me to put to it.

There’s many verses to read about this topic in Scriture, here are a few:

Psalm 143:10, Matthew 6:9-13, Matthew 26:42, Luke 11:2, Luke 15:11-24, Luke 22:42, Acts 21:14, 1 Corinthians 10:10, Hebrews 10:36

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Blessed Be Your Name (dust&grooves 2)

I recently released a new album called “dust&grooves”. This is the second part of an album I released a few months ago. The last two songs on this album are unique because I didn’t use old hymn words nor did I write them myself, but used newer contemporary lyrics to then write my own tunes over them. This one is the words by Matt Redman of the famous worship song, “Blessed Be Your Name”. I still play the original for corporate worship services but had fun revamping these words to my tune. Here’s the words in full.

Blessed Be Your Name

Blessed be Your name, in the land that is plentiful

Where Your streams of abundance flow, blessed be Your name.

Blessed be Your name, when I’m found in the desert place

Though I walk through the wilderness, blessed be Your name

Pre-Chorus:

Every blessing You pour out, I’ll turn back to praise

When the darkness closes in Lord, still I will say.

(Chorus)

Blessed be the name of the Lord,

Blessed be Your name

Blessed be the name of the Lord,

Blessed be Your glorious name

 

Blessed be Your name, when the suns shining down on me

When the worlds all as it should be, blessed be Your name

Blessed be Your name, on the road marked with suffering

Though there’s pain in the offering, blessed be Your name

Pre-Chorus:

(Chorus)

Bridge:

You give and take away, You give and take away.

My heart will choose to say Lord, blessed be Your name

(Chorus)

 

As you listen to the song you’ll realize you can pretty much sing along with it as the original melody with a couple of tweaks. The bridge melody is totally original. But I enjoy hearing words that I know so well but in a different light. I believe it brings new life and meaning back to them. Love the original tune but had a lot of fun making this one. You can just google Mr Redmans reason for the song. But the point of it is being able to say “Praise you God in any circumstance because all I need is you”. That no matter what, God is good and whatever He’s doing in and around your life, you can trust that He is sovereign (in control) and working all for your good and His glory.

You can listen to song and download album here!

 

Take the Pain Away (dust&grooves 2)

I recently released a new album called “dust&grooves”. This is the second part of an album I released a few months ago. This song isn’t as biblically saturated as the other songs I’ve done. Here are the words in full.

Take the Pain Away

On we go same thing, never change but you

Have all the control you do

Your name in vain is the way

You live your life it’s not only what you say

(Chorus)

Take take take the pain away, say

Take take take the pain away, say

Take take take the pain away, say

Take the pain away

 

It’s time you know the truth

And what you have to do, what you really have to do

Get your knees and pray, lift your hands and pray

You’ll find it, find your way

(Chorus)

 

This song isn’t as biblically saturated as the other songs I’ve done. I wrote this over 10 years ago. It was written to express some tension and help with some dark places that I saw in myself and in others. It’s pretty ambiguous but I’ll explain it.

I start it off with the frustration I felt and saw in the regular church goer, a need for more. The “routine” and “going through the motions” plague, was alarming to me. But we have the control to change. If we choose to live a life of “Christendom” in name say only then we might be fooling ourselves that we have the Spirit of God living in us at all. The chorus is just a plea to take away this ever nagging tug on my heart, that it is time to change but also to take away the hurt I know I am causing myself and God. Second verse is the coming of some answers in my own heart and mind. Again, super ambiguous and it was really just written to be as such.

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Whatever Gain (dust&grooves 2)

I recently released a new album called “dust&grooves”. This is the second part of an album I released a few months ago. This song was inspired by Philippians 3:1-11. Here are the lyrics in full.

Whatever Gain

 I told you once, I told you twice, look out for the dogs

The ones who put their pride in flesh, and confidence in the law

I have all reason to boast, a man among all men

I tore you down, to raise me up, and I could do it all over again

(Chorus)

Whatever gain I had I count as loss

For knowing You I would pay all it costs

 

Let me be clear when I boast in my confidence

It’s not in me, it’s not in men, but in the resurrection

I was on top, high on top, at the top, the gain above all gain

I was strong, in myself, no one else, by myself

But now I have to say

Bridge:

For His sake I have suffered the loss

Of all things and count them rubbish

 

I wrote this from Philipians 3. I have always loved this passage. The first half of Philippians 3 is Paul giving evidence or almost bragging in a way. He is telling the Philippian church that he had everything you could want in this life. He had power, money, knowledge, honor and wisdom. He had no reason to ever give up his lot in life. But he goes on to say that he has suffered the loss of everything for the sake of Christ. Everything he had that was good and comfortable, even what defined him, he lost so that he could follow Christ. And you know what he says about losing it all? He counts it all as rubbish, vile, trash, in comparison to knowing Christ. This is a great reminder and a truth to be reaching for each day.

Listen to song and download album here!

 

It is Not Death to Die (dust&grooves 2)

I recently released a new album called “dust&grooves”. This is the second part of an album I released a few months ago. The lyrics are from an old hymn, revamped to fit my melody and set to a song I created. The original hymn was written by Cesar Malan in 1832. Here’s my version in full.

It is Not Death to Die

It is not death to die, to leave this weary road,

And join the saints on high, who’ve found their home with God

It is not death to die, to close the eyes with tears

And wake before the Throne, delivered from your fears

(Chorus)

Oh Jesus conquered the grave. Your precious blood is to save.

Those who trust in you will find it is not death to die.

 

It is not death to fling, aside this earthly dust

And rise with noble wings, to live among the just

It is not death to hear, the key unlock the door

Set free from mortal fears, to praise You evermore

(Chorus)

 Jesus prince of life, Your chosen cannot die.

We wait and wait in strife, we want our home on high.

 

I love the theme of this song. It is very different than the music you hear on Christian radio today. Scripture references for song are Psalm 116:8, Psalm 118:17, John 6:39-40, John 11:25-26, Philippians 1:21, 2 Timothy 2:11-12, Revelation 22:5.

The song is basically describing the hope we have in Christ that even when we die, we don’t really die. In fact, our bodily death is really just the beginning of our true lives in Christ. God is building us up, to get us ready for an eternity of glorifying Him! It helps us set our sights on the eternal and not just the mortal. We weren’t meant to live here for ever. We were meant for a eternal life with the One who created us!

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