Read part I.
literally means “good news.” Ephesians 2:5 (Amplified version) explains it as this:
Even when we were dead (slain) by [our own] shortcomings and trespasses, He mad us alive together in fellowship and in union with Christ; [He gave us the very life of Christ Himself, the same new life with which He quikened Him, for] it is by grace (His favor and mercy which you did not deserve) that you are saved (delivered from judgement and made partakers of Christ’s salvation).
This is the good news of grace. In order to believe in this Good News, you have to identify with your sin, your shortcomings, your trespasses – you have to believe you do not deserve God, His love, His favor, or His eternal life.
You have to believe that.
And then you have to see Christ’s sacrifice of grace.
As a human being it is hard to believe, to truly believe, that we don’t deserve God. We have a level of pride simply by being human. We seem to be born believing the world is for us, we deserve things. But truthfully sinner – we deserve nothing.
In case you are unsure of the definition of nothing: no thing, not anything; no part share or trace.
Nada. You did not deserve the death of Christ and you do not deserve God.
Hallelujah there’s a but!
Please take the time to watch this video, it mashes up a few people explaining the Gospel beautifully: