Lesson 2 - Gospel Transformation
By Brian S. Holmes

Perhaps you’ve compared other religious figures and what they said and did with who Jesus
was and what He said and did. There’s really no comparison! In John 14:6 Jesus said, “I am
the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Jesus
radiated with light and truth and goodness and beauty and love. He was sinless. He had authority. He
walked on water, raised the dead, forgave sins, and had compassion for people. He died and then defeated
death, rising from the dead transformed and glorified. No one can compare to Him!

 

Perhaps you’ve heard the Gospel and believed it but you’re not sure exactly how you should live for Jesus today. The Gospel, which means the “good news” is the message that we’re all sinners guilty of breaking God’s law
but God became a man in the person of Jesus of Nazareth and died for our sins on the cross. And
through faith in Him alone we are redeemed, adopted by God the Father, and receive the gift of the Holy
Spirit, and given a new life and purpose. It says in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ,
the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” The Gospel, when fully embraced, will
radically transform our lives in at least four ways: Redemption, Adoption, Pastored, and Purposed.

 

Redeemed. The first way the Gospel transforms us is through our redemption. To be redeemed
means we were “purchased back” by God. We’ve all sinned and fallen short of God’s righteous
standards. Do you realize you’re a sinner? Or do you think you’re already a good person? 1 John 1:8
says, “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” Jesus said in John
8:34, “everyone who sins is a slave to sin.” The truth is that we deserve God’s wrath, and it is already
upon us. Jesus told us our need for Him; there are only two options: God’s gracious offer of forgiveness
for those who belong to Jesus and God’s wrath for those who reject Him. In John 3:36 Jesus said,
“Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s
wrath remains on them.” Good deeds won’t make us acceptable to God, especially when our efforts to
“do good” come from a faithless heart still in rebellion to Him and not driven by love for Him. Isaiah
64:6 says even our righteous acts are like filthy rags in God’s sight. But we don’t have to feel guilty for
not being perfect because Jesus is perfect and He is our way to perfection. Examine your own heart. Do
you feel guilty about your past? Do you feel shame about things you’ve done? Maybe you beat yourself
up every day because of the terrible ways you sinned against God, or the ways you hurt yourself or
others. The good news is that you don’t need to earn your forgiveness. It is freely given to us as a gift
from God the moment we put our faith and trust in Jesus! So give all those garbage thoughts and toxic
emotions to Jesus right this second. Jesus already died for those sins so you don’t need to pay for them
too! (not that you could) So don’t you dare hang on to them! Jesus gave Himself as a ransom for you
and you are now redeemed (purchased back) from the debt of your sins. Your debt has been paid in full!
You’re also set free from your bondage to sin and the consequences of sin including separation from
God, judgment, death, and Hell. Continuously give it all to Jesus and live in the peace of God every day.

 

Adopted. The second way the Gospel transforms our life is that we get a brand new identity as an
adopted child of God. Galatians 4:5 says Jesus came, “to redeem those under the law, that we might
receive adoption to sonship.” Jesus didn’t just die for us just to take away our guilt and our punishment.
He also did it to make the way for us to receive an entirely new identity, life, future, and relationship
with God. Ephesians 1 says God “predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ” and this
is because, in Christ, we’re “God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.” Jesus is the only-begotten
(one-of-a-kind) Son of God. He’s fully God meaning He’s of the same divine essence as God the Father.
As John chapter one describes, Jesus is the eternally-existent Word of God that became a man,
conceived miraculously in the womb of the virgin Mary by the Spirit of God. Jesus makes our sonship
possible through Him. By believing in Jesus we are spiritually put in Him. And not only are we in Him
He is also in us! We are “marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit
guaranteeing our inheritance.” And what or who is the Holy Spirit? Who. Well, He is the very spirit of
the Living God! How incredible is that! If you believe in Jesus you will have the Spirit of God Almighty,
the very God who created the entire universe by just speaking it into existence, living inside of you! Let
this amazing promise and reality never escape you. In Christ, you are special and loved and family and
God is with you in the most intimate way He can be. No trial or temptation or persecution or famine or
obstacle will be impossible for you. God is with you and He will empower you to either overcome it, or
to persevere through it—whichever is His will. All to His glory. Romans 8:14-17 says, “For those who
are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so
that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And
by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s
children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we
share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.”

 

Pastored. The third way the Gospel transforms our life is that we now have Jesus with us in so many
ways. He’s our Good Shepherd. Though we can’t see Him He hasn’t left us behind here. He’s with us all
in spirit. He leads us, guides us, teaches us, provides for us, protects us, and defends us. He’s our Savior,
our Lord, and our majestic King, yes, but He’s also our helper, our friend, and our elder brother. In Him,
we have the same Father. He stands at the right hand of God the Father as our mediator and our high
priest, advocating for us on our behalf. Jesus said He would not leave us as orphans but will be with us
always. The Holy Spirit, who in John 14 Jesus called the Advocate, lives with us and is in us. And He
will glorify Jesus, and only speak what He hears from Jesus, who only speaks what He hears from the
Father. The Holy Spirit testifies of Jesus, teaches us all things, and guides us into all truth. The Holy
Spirit gives us supernatural power, spiritual abilities, spiritual understanding, internal strength, fortitude,
love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. He renews our
minds, thoughts, and attitudes. He heals our emotional wounds and gives us comfort and wisdom about
our past. And He sanctifies every part of our soul and life; repairing, cleaning, and restoring us from the
inside out. Don’t resist His prompting or quench His presence. Submit to Him and seek more of Him!

 

Purposed. Lastly, the Gospel gives us a new purpose. Rather than living for ourselves the purpose of
life is to bring glory to God. Glorify God in your earthly life in all ways which prepare us for your
eternal life with Him. Surrender your will to the Holy Spirit daily, letting Him change you and make you
more like Jesus. In John 16 Jesus said it was for our good it is this way and that by His Spirit in us we
will do even greater things for God’s glory. This is because, through us, He will impact the whole earth.
As a disciple of Jesus, we obey Him and serve Him by participating in His mission for His Church. We're
to join in the adventure! The Holy Spirit calls each of us to specific assignments, providing the direction,
talents, abilities, and opportunities. He’s leading you individually in your own unique calling as well as
all of us together corporately for the benefit of the whole global Church. 2 Corinthians 5:20 says in regards
to us being evangelists and sharing this Gospel good news with others, “we are Christ’s ambassadors, as
though God were making his appeal through us.” Your mission is to advance God’s kingdom on earth,
which means to help every person, area of life, and practice around you, be impacted by this Gospel
message. We are to share this good news with those that are still lost. We are to be the hands and feet of
Christ that bring love, hope, peace, and spiritual and physical healing to the hurting. We are to teach,
train, and raise up more disciples of Jesus so that they also bear much good fruit with their lives.

 

The Gospel has the ability to completely transform our lives. Jesus has redeemed us from sin and
death and we can now walk with God daily and intimately in freedom, peace, and joy. We now have a
new spiritual family with one Father and we are all equal as brothers and sisters. Jesus is with us and by
the Holy Spirit He is pastoring us to live a life of purpose and action.

 

Let’s pray. Heavenly Father, thank you for the Gospel and all you’ve done for me. Empower me by
your Spirit. Help me to fully surrender to you to transform every part of my life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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