Today we want to share an excerpt from our latest release Gospel Glories from A to Z. Kelly Havrilla works to reflect some of that glory onto each page as she connects deep biblical truths through the structure of the alphabet. Our hope is is that this reflection will spark a desire to venture into deeper waves of gospel glories. If you love rich theology and beautiful design, pick up our first ever full color edition.
– GCD Team
Though his ministry lasted only three short years, Jesus’ impact on the world has been immeasurable. What he said about himself was extraordinary. He claimed to be the Son of God, to be the only way to God the Father, and to have come to earth to save sinners. His teachings, miracles, resurrection and ascension are proof positive that Jesus is exactly who he said he was. The writers of Scripture call him: Emmanuel (God with us), the Holy One, the Savior, King of Kings, the Lamb of God, the Way, the Truth and the Life.
These titles provide only a glimpse into his greatness. Jesus is the only way to God and the only source of eternal life. Jesus lived a completely sinless life, died an obedient death, was raised from the dead as proof of his righteousness and God’s acceptance of his sacrifice, and is now seated at the right hand of God the Father. He is fully God and fully man; therefore, he can represent mankind perfectly to God the Father. God declares the believer righteous, not by the worthiness of his faith, but by the worthiness of the one in whom he has faith. Jesus Christ is God’s solution to man’s most significant problem—sin.
Righteousness is the character quality of being right according to God’s holy standard. Simply stated, it is glorifying God with our lives as perfectly as Jesus did. This high and holy quality of righteousness applies to will, motive, thought, action and word. It is an attribute that we must possess in order to be justified by God. It is unattainable in and of ourselves. Why? Because every part of our being is infected and influenced by sin.
We cannot be as perfect as Jesus. Consider the following things that many religious people would say if asked why God should accept them: I am a good person; I give money to a church; I read the Bible; I was baptized; I help my neighbors. And on and on it goes. Every sentence starts with “I”! Does anyone do any of these things perfectly? Of course not!
But here’s the fantastic news of the gospel—at the point of saving faith, the sins of the Christian are imputed to Christ (and punished by God) and they are forgiven. Christ’s righteousness is imputed to the Christian, and the believer is declared righteous by God. Trust in Christ alone, and let his righteousness be your righteousness.
Zion in Scripture is often used as a synonym for Jerusalem, and even more specifically of the mountain near Jerusalem. Zion was also the name of the temple mount within Jerusalem, which was the seat of the first and second Holy Temple. Zion’s meaning broadened to God’s eternal kingdom through the Old Testament prophets who foretold of a time of great joy when the Savior of Israel will appear in Zion at His second coming.With the temple and prophetic ideas in view, the New Testament authors envision Zion as the heavenly dwelling place of Almighty God.
The author of Hebrews penned it this way, “But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem.” The writer declares repeatedly that there is only one road, one gate, one way that leads to Mt. Zion, to the city of the living God. It is by faith in Jesus Christ alone. He is the preeminent one, the one for which the prophets of the Old Testament had been waiting. He is the Savior, and it is through Him alone the believer may roam the heavenly streets of Zion.
Kelly Havrilla lives in Plymouth, MI, with her husband David. They are both outdoor enthusiasts, love hiking in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, and enjoy spending time with family and friends. After a career in marketing at General Motors she has pursued a variety of creative endeavors. However, her greatest passion is the gospel. Over the years God has graciously opened numerous avenues into several local and international communities into which she and David have opportunities to minister and share the gospel. From this passion and desire was born the Gospel Glories project.