What is the Good News?
This question reduces to another question:
What is good about the death and resurrection of Jesus the Christ?
Why should any of us be concerned about this event?
Well because Jesus was the first finished man. He is the first-fruits. He was the first man to pass-over from the carnal life through death to the life that is in the Father.
He was the first man that God made into God. (As an aside: Sin is missing the mark. What is the mark we miss? “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23 If sinning is coming short of the Glory of God surely righteousness is attaining to the Glory of God!!! But I pre-empt myself!)
What is so good about that?
The fact that everyone – let me type that again with capitals – EVERYONE is going to be perfected with Him!
“Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” John 1:29 (Who takes away the sin of the world? The Lamb! What do you have to do? Rest!)
“Who (the Christ) gave himself a ransom for all to be testified in due time” 1 Tim 2:9. Paul elucidates this due time in his unparalleled exposition of the Good News that is 1 Corinthians 15 when he says “For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ will all be made alive. But each in his own order (or rank)” 1 Corinthians 15:22 – 23!
“The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death” 1 Corinthians 15:26
See death has a purpose which is to make us die to death – the carnal life – so that we can live to life – Christ and the Father! Once everyone (Again EVERYONE! If any are left behind God is rendered a failure) has died to death and are alive in Christ death will cease to have a function and will pass away.
“And when all things shall be subdued unto him (that is the Christ), then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all” 1 Corinthians 15:28
(In fact study hard this whole chapter it is GLORIOUS!)
See that “God may be all in all”; that means that God will be ALL in ALL! All shall be as God!
What is God? “God is Spirit” John 4:24. What do we die as? Living souls. What are we resurrected as? Quickening (that is life-giving/creating) spirits!
When God has finished with us we will be able to say with Jesus the Christ “He who has seen me has seen the Father” John 14:9
What do we do to get this glory? Nothing! Absolutely nothing because it is a free-gift! That is to say it is of Grace.
“It is finished” John 19:30
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” Matt 11:28
“And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw ALL men unto me” John 12:32
This is the Good News! There is nothing to fulfil, there is nothing to do, it is finished! Jesus the Christ came in the flesh was crucified and Father raised him on the third day and we get to die and be raised again with him all of the Father’s doing and none of ours. We are His workmanship not our own!
“So then it is not of him that runneth nor of him that willeth but of God that showeth mercy” Rom 9:16 Or as the new living translation renders it “So it is God who decides to show mercy. We can neither choose it nor work for it”
“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9
Oh glorious God and mighty Saviour. God is love!