Saturday, August 14, 2010

Changed By The Gospel

I have known for a while this moment would come. My first blog post! For several years, I have wanted to enter the blogosphere. I guess I have been waiting for the right time, which I am convinced now does not exist. I have often told people that you always have time to do what you want to do. So I am making the time to blog.

When I decided to start a blog, I looked long and hard for a name. Some people enjoy calling their blog by their name, which is great for them, but wasn’t for me. I wanted something that would help shape what I write about. I have settled on calling my blog Changed by the Gospel. I chose this name because I am different because of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The gospel changes people, among whom I am at the front of the line. If it were not for Jesus and what He did by coming to this earth, dying upon the cross, and resurrecting from the dead, I would not be the person I am today.

After Jesus fulfilled His mission upon this earth, the gospel message spread through cities and countries changing people. Paul, the apostle, who was changed radically by the message of Jesus, emphasized this change when he wrote to the people of Corinth. He told them:

“9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9–11)

I love the beginning of verse 11. Such WERE some of you. The implication is that they are not anymore. They have been changed. They once were horrible sinners, which is why I love the gospel so much. I love the gospel because it tells me that no person is outside the reach of God’s compassion. There is no one that is bad enough. Even the vilest of sinners can be changed and made fit for entrance into the kingdom of God. Jesus did not come to this earth to call the righteous, but He came to call sinners (Mark 2:17). Jesus saves sinful people.

And if it were not for the gospel, my life would probably represent verses 9–10 today. But because of verse 11, I can leave those things. I hope to write more about this change in my life and how the gospel changes people in the future. Christian, where would you be without the gospel? Where would you be without Jesus?

Let me finish by sharing some hopes of my blog. I hope to blog 3–4 times a week, so I hope you stop on by. I hope to have some consistent columns, which will appear weekly. The first one will come on Monday and hopefully every Monday after that. I am calling it The Morning After where I will discuss what I had the privilege of teaching on Sunday—what I learned and how I was changed. I love to read, so I hope to provide many book reviews that might inspire you to read as well. I also hope to have a regular blog post on what I am reading in the Bible and how that is impacting me (and I hope you will share your time in the Word as well).

That’s it. My first blog post. If nobody comes by and reads, that’s okay. At the end of it all, if all this becomes is a place to express my thoughts of how I am being changed by the gospel, then I will be the better person for it.

For Jesus & the Gospel,

Thad Bergmeier

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