God’s Word clearly reveals that if we aren’t getting the right results, it’s because we might not have a clear understanding of the true meaning of the gospel.
In Luke chapter 2, when the angels of the Lord showed up to the shepherds, they proclaimed (verse 14) “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men!”
So what were they announcing? Peace and good will toward men from God.
Prior to Christ’s coming, according to the law, sin was not brushed over. It had to be dealt with daily by sacrifices. So many times in the Old Testament we read where God was angry with the people because of their sin. God’s wrath and judgment was against His own people almost continuously. Kind of like us today. We can’t go an entire week without messing up, sometimes.
Now, here’s the problem, unless taught properly, people run the New Testament and the Old Testament all together. Some Christians still look for God to punish them for everything they do wrong. They mistakenly believe there is still “Penance” to be paid for their sin, even after being born-again.
When the angels proclaimed “Good will toward men, they understood that a Savior was about to be born who would pay the price for sin, redeem us, and stop God’s wrath upon man-kind, if they would receive His Son.
Yes, God is a just God and sin has to be dealt with, but Jesus paid the penalty. We were bought with a price that had to be paid (1 Corinthians 6:20). Without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sin (Hebrews 9:22)
The word Gospel translated in Greek, actually means “nearly too good to be true.” It’s the goodness of God that leads people to repentance (Romans 2:4).
Jesus is the only way that saved us all from paying the penalty of sin for ourselves. We couldn’t do it. There had to be a perfect sacrifice.
Too many think there are many ways to God or heaven, but there is only One mediator between man and God – 1 Timothy 2:5 – For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Jesus Christ.
So, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ. When we receive Christ, we are reconciled, brought back in harmony, with God. So there is no reason for God to be angry with us any more.
Here’s another thing: He’s not angry with unbelievers either. He hates the sin, but loves man-kind. “God so loved the world…” Jesus mad the difference in how God relates to man-kind.
This is what the angels were praising Him for in Luke 2:14. God’s wrath had been appeased through His only begotten Son.
God has been reconciled to man, but you must believe by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. You must receive in order for you to be reconciled to Him. The offer is there; the price is paid; love can flow again, if you believe and receive.