Have You Received the Gospel?

For I want you to know, believers, that the gospel which was preached by me is not man’s gospel; it is not a human invention, patterned after any human concept.  For indeed I did not receive it from man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a direct revelation of Jesus Christ.  Galatians 1:11-12 amp. 

One of the greatest barriers to receiving Christ as Savior is to approach such a miracle as a mere human concept.  You receive salvation just like Paul did, and just like all believers for the next two millennia—I received Him through a direct revelation of Jesus Christ.  The Bible is deliberately vague about being “born again.”  Jesus told Nicodemus a strange thing—kind of like those crazy Jeep drivers with their big signs on the back that say, “It’s a jeep thing; you wouldn’t understand.”

Jesus tells Nicodemus, “The wind blows where it wishes and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it is coming from and where it is going; so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”  So that’s it.  Being born again is not understood in the flesh, by human concept, but by hearing the heavenly sound of the Spirit in a heart that is open.

Pretty abstract?  It’s deliberate.  If being saved were a human formula, we would all walk down our Roman roads, and say the four spiritual laws, and live happily ever after.  Jesus commands, “strive to enter in.”  Discover Him.  It will be a unique experience—just you and Jesus—and quite unlike what happened to everyone else.  Paul says he received the gospel through a direct revelation of Jesus.  I want to shout today to everyone I know that you can receive the gospel IN EXACTLY THE SAME WAY!!  You do not receive it from man, nor are you taught it.

Are you ready?  Sit quietly, open your Bible and your heart.  Tell Jesus you surrender your life, your possessions, your family, your future—whatever He wants, He is worth it all.  Then wait for the revelation.

First, you will experience the rush of forgiveness.  A huge burden of sin, darkness, guilt, and disappointment will lift from your mind and heart.  Some of the things that are gone, you will know, and some you don’t need to know.  His clean-up is thorough and beyond your mind.  The wind is blowing in, and sweeping your heart clean.  He is making His new home ready.

Then you will experience a rush of love–His love for you, His love for everyone!  I remember feeling like a glass dome had descended over my body, and I could see the chaos through the glass, and inside the dome there was incredible peace, and everything I could see outside just bounced off my covering, because I was encapsulated in the absolute care of the Savior.  But that’s my revelation.  Yours will be different.

Next you will experience kindness.  The Holy Spirit will comfort you with mercy and grace that changes your whole understanding of yourself and the world.  There is inner peace and joy that is stronger than even death.  You will walk through fiery trials and learn to cling to His hope that fills you.

The revelation of the gospel will come to you as you read the living and sharp two edged sword called the Bible.  It will pierce your soul, sometimes in words, sometimes just in Presence.  Receive it gladly.

I say with Paul–I want you to know believers, that the gospel that I have received is not man’s gospel.  I am born of the Spirit, it is beyond any human concept, and I didn’t receive it from men.  And the revelation grows like new life in the spring.  He comes to me in my soul and spirit.  It’s like the wind.  I don’t know where life is going, but I follow the heavenly sound.  Come with me!  It is eternal life!


About thegriefexperience

I have recently published a book for grieving people called Comfort and Joy available at my website, thegriefexperience.com. I received my Doctor of Education degree from the University of Louisville, and also hold a Master of Science degree and a Physician Assistant degree. I lived as a short term missionary in Swaziland, South Africa, prior to my life as a grief coach and author. My story is about the fact that I am an expert in grief, learning through the goodness of God to navigate a life of sudden turns and repeated trauma that brought grief and loss. I have learned about grief as an unwilling student in a life shaken by sudden death, suicide, and devastating illness. I have been widowed three times, and have raised five children in the midst of earthquake life changes. I have counseled, written and taught classes on The Grief Experience because it is what I have learned well. No amount of education or theory prepares you for multiple experiences of death and loss. But I have found healing in Jesus Christ who is the only One who has conquered death. What He has done for me, He will do for you. Visit my blog at TheGriefExperience.Wordpress.com.
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