Jesus came to reunite us with God.
The way He did it was to make our hearts one with God.
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God…”
According to Romans 3:23, we are sinners because we have sinned.
However, in verse 24, ‘Through the redemption that which is in Christ Jesus…’
Romans 4:25 says, ‘Who was delivered for our offenses, and was raised again for our justification’
When we look at ourselves, we feel like we are still sinners.
But the Bible says, we are justified by the blood of Jesus on the cross and have been perfected forever.
This is “Good News” – the gospel. When we believe in this gospel, we become free from sin and live a happy life.
1. The Secret of the Forgiveness of Sins and Being Born Again
Are you Born Again?
If you were to die right now, would you go to heaven?
Many Christians hesitate when someone asks them these questions. However, if someone does not have clear faith about the forgiveness of sins and being born again, then they don’t have faith in Jesus in their heart. Jesus washed our sins as white as snow on the cross. His work on the cross has not failed in the task of washing away all of our sins perfectly.
Pastor Ock Soo Park’s book, “How I Became Free from Sin” was published in 1987. The book has been translated to 24 different languages and printed over a million times. The book has led many people, from churchgoer to pastors, to the complete assurance of the being born again.
2. Authentic Gospel
Jesus Christ bore all of the sins of the world and has saved us perfectly.
The Good News Mission continues the same authentic gospel, tradition, and theology that was protected and witnessed by Jesus Christ, His apostles and the countless workers of the gospel afterward. In other words, we continue the gospel preached by our Lord Jesus, His disciples, and the great evangelists such as Polycarp, Peter Waldo of 13th Century France, John Wycliffe of 14th Century England, Jan Hus of 15th Century Bohemia, Martin Luther, Zwingly of 16th Century Germany, John Wesley of Methodist Church in the 18th Century, and DL Moody of the United States in the 19th Century. The spiritual life that they lived was not bound to human traditions or doctrines but was a testament of the Word of God as the only standard and authority of their faith. They believed in the salvation that derived not from our works or efforts but only by grace from the eternal redemption from sin by the atonement of Jesus Christ. The truth of the gospel that we believe in is the same truth that the great evangelicals of Christian history have believed in. We believe in the triune Godhead, that all 66 books of the Bible are the truth, and that the Bible is the only foundation of all evidence of faith. God has given no other name that leads to the salvation of man than the name of Jesus Christ. Jesus has perfectly saved us by bearing all of our sins and receiving all the punishment and judgment that was meant for us. God has established the body of Christ, the church, on this earth and has given varying talents to different people to become minister, elder, deacon and etc. The congregation supports the gospel and the church through tithes, offerings, devotion, and service. We believe that Jesus will return to judge both the living and dead.
How should one believe in God?
Since electricity flows through electrical wires, electricity can flow when you connect the wires. Water flows through pipes and the work of God flows from heart to heart. Just like how electricity from the power plant reaches our house through wires, all we have to do is to connect our heart to God for the power of God to work through us. Then, God can work in our heart. It is important for the “wire” of our heart to be connected with God. We throw away our thoughts, the wisdom we received from the knowledge of good and evil, and my assertions. Then, we connect our heart of the word of God. Then the Holy Spirit works in my heart. Then all the problems I face no longer are mine but there are God’s. When we hear and accept the word of God, we begin to have the same heart as God’s heart. Having the same heart is called faith.
4. True Repentance
Repentance and Faith
“Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee” declared Peter. However, he denied the Lord thrice with cursing the same day. Then he remembered the word of Jesus, “That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice”, went out, and wept bitterly. Peter discovered how foolish it was for him to trust in himself. He then did not repent of the sin of denying Jesus but instead, he threw away the heart to trust in himself along with his entire being. When the heart to trust in himself crumbled, he became the apostle of faith that was led by the heart of Jesus. Although Judas Iscariot repented of the sin of selling Jesus, he did not discover how evil and filthy nor did he throw himself away. Because he still trusted in himself, he was tormented and eventually committed suicide. That is to follow one’s own decision and to trust in oneself. It is not about regretting murder, adultery, lying, or stealing. There is no end for these types of sin that keep on getting revealed in our heart. That is why modern churchgoers continue to sin and repent and sin and repent. True repentance is to turn from the heart to trust in oneself, just like Peter. Through only this type of repentance can we be connected to the faith to trust in only Jesus.