I always heard that if something in life seems too good to be true, then it probably is too good to be true. There are a lot of frauds and con artists in the world who are always promising things they can’t deliver, preying on the fact that we all hope to get some good news. If you get a call where someone says you just won a bunch of money, but you need to answer some questions and fill out some forms, you are probably better off hanging up the phone. Or if someone comes to your home with a $30,000 car and says they can sell it to you for only $1,000, but there is no title, then you know to tell them to leave and take their stolen car with them, because if something seems too good to be true, then it probably is. This is a critical principle for a single person to know when beginning a new relationship with someone of romantic interest. If this new-found interest seems too good to be true, then he/she probably is too good to be true. If you find they are lying to you about anything, then you need to run for the hills, as fast as you can.
Understanding of this principle keeps us from being conned, deceived, or taken advantage of as we deal with human beings. At the same time, I believe many people can never truly believe the Gospel or the promises of God’s Word because, to our natural minds, they simply seem too good to be true. As I point out a few benefits and promises of the Gospel that seem too good to be true, look at these realities, meditate on the Holy Scriptures and choose to believe what God says about our relationship with Him instead of what the devil, or other people say, or what our carnal minds want us to believe. I have selected some of my favorite scriptures for us to read slowly with prayer and meditation, praying that God will quicken these great truths to our hearts.
We are saved by the grace of God and not by our good, moral living.
But, when God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior. Because of his grace he made us right in his sight and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life. Titus 3:4-7 NLT
Grace is hard to believe and accept because Grace is the pure, unmerited, unearned, undeserved favor of God. God just loves on us because God’s nature is to love. God is love. It is not what we do that saves us. It is our faith in what Jesus did on a cross 2,000 years ago that saves us. The scripture above, from the book of Titus, tells us God saves us not because of the good things we have done, but just because of His mercy and grace. It is human nature to think we must do something to save ourselves, as grace is so hard to accept, because it seems too good to be true. It is much easier to believe that Jesus died for us; however, there must be much we must do to be fully saved. There are billions of people on this earth who are wrapped up in all sorts of religions, trying to climb the ladder to God, because Grace seems too good to be true.
We get a new birth, a new identity when we get saved.
The above scripture in Titus also states that God gives us a new birth, a new life, or a new identity. This new identity or new birth is very hard for a Christian to believe in and receive, because our memory is full of our old nature/identity, which we see and feel running counter to our new identity each day. To live the victorious Christian life, we must learn how to live our lives through our new identity that Jesus purchased for us with His own blood on the cross of Calvary.
Old things are passed away, all things become new.
Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. II Corinthians 5:17 KJV
This means that the person we were before we were saved is now gone; Jesus killed him off at the cross. We are to put the old man off at the cross and leave him there. We now have a new man (Jesus Christ) living in us and it is out of the identity of Christ, our new man, that we are to live our lives.
We are born of God. Christ in us cannot sin.
Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. I John 3:9 KJV
It is hard to understand that Christ in us cannot sin, but our carnal minds can still sin. The key here is not to continue living through the lenses of our old identity, but instead learn to live through the lenses of our new identity. Note that the scripture says whosoever is born of God. This birth takes place in our spirit (John 3); it is in the spirit of man that we have a spiritual birth of the Christ who cannot sin.
As He is, so are we.
Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. I John 4:17 KJV
This changes everything for us to the point that we do not need to fear the judgment seat of Christ, since we are righteous because of what Jesus did for us. When we stand before God, we will stand there covered in the blood of Jesus and our sins will be forgiven. Even though we have sinned and deserve the punishment and judgment for our sins, Jesus will say, “Father, I have paid the price for them, I have taken their judgment upon myself. Therefore, they are innocent, justice has been served.” As He is, so are we in the world. That is an amazing statement that to our carnal mind sounds too good to be true.
We have been made the Righteousness of God.
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. II Corinthians 5:21 KJV
We want to continue thinking that Jesus could not have made us totally righteous, because it can’t be that easy. But that is what grace is, what the Gospel is, Good news that sounds so good that it must be too good to be true. When we put our faith in Jesus Christ to take away our sins, He then imputes His righteousness onto us. He is the only One who can do this, because He lived a perfect, sinless life while in a human body, walking on this earth. He who knew no sin was made to be our sin, so we might be made His righteousness.
We are accepted in Christ.
To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. Ephesians 1:6 KJV
When someone gets saved, they are accepted by God, loved by God, and chosen by God. He accepts us in the beloved, or accepts us in Christ. We prefer to think that when we get saved, we must travel for years on our spiritual journey to actually be accepted by God. We prefer to think that we should measure up to some standard before God can accept us. The truth is that on the day we become Born Again, God accepts us in Christ. Once we are in Christ, then everything changes for us as all old things are passed away and all things become new.
Our old man or old nature is dead, and we are now hid with Christ.
For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. Colossians 3:3 KJV
This is one of the hardest things for a Christian to believe. When we get saved, God actually hides us in Christ. It’s as though I took a photo of me, placed it in the middle of my Bible, and closed the Bible. The photo would be hidden in the Word of God. When God looks at us, He doesn’t see our old sinful nature, instead He sees us hidden in Christ. He sees us covered by the blood of Christ. He sees us covered by the righteousness of Christ. He sees us as Holy, and without fault in His eyes.
The following passage of scripture from Ephesians is filled with:
The good news of God’s love and amazing grace. Read this passage of scripture slowly and meditate upon it, and instead of thinking, this is too good to be true, begin to thank God for all He has done for us.
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. So, we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding. Ephesians 1:3-8 NLT
God adopts us into His family. We are the children of God. We are God’s heirs, and we are no longer slaves to fear.
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. So, you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering. Romans 8:14-16 NLT
Many times we live our lives as though we have never been adopted into God’s royal family. It is just too good to be true. We are kids of the King and heirs to the Kingdom. God made us citizens of heaven the day we were saved, thus we need to learn to bring heaven down to earth, and walk in the faith of Jesus Christ. We are children of the Creator of the universe, so we have complete access to God, and all the benefits that go with being His children.
God justifies and redeems us through Christ. He forgives us and makes us righteous.
Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; Romans 3:24-25 KJV
God has placed us in Christ, made us right with God, and made us pure and holy.
God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit, God made him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and he freed us from sin. Therefore, as the Scriptures say, “If you want to boast, boast only about the Lord.” I Corinthians 1:30-31 NLT
God chose us, accepted us, and loved us. He made us royal priests and a holy people. We are God’s very own possession. Like the children of Israel in Egypt that were once slaves with no identity, we once had no identity, but now we have a new identity in Christ.
But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. “Once you had no identity as a people; now you are God’s people. Once you received no mercy; now you have received God’s mercy.” I Peter 2:9-10 NLT
If we confess our sins, God forgives our sins.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. I John 1:9 KJV
One of the simplest things for the believer to understand and accept is that every time we confess our sins, Jesus is faithful to forgive us and cleanse us from our sins. If we really understood and believed this, we would not live one more minute guilt ridden. Sometimes we think that some big sin in our past has not been forgiven, and God is punishing us for sins of our past, when we need to believe the good news of the Gospel, believe God’s promises, and receive His forgiveness.
There is no condemnation when we are in Christ.
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Romans 8:1 KJV
The devil is always trying to put condemnation upon us and uses everyone and anyone to do his work. You might think you are guilty and not forgiven because you feel condemned about something you did wrong. Beloved, we have all done wrong, and if we try to live our lives without Jesus, we will always feel condemned, yet if we live our lives in Christ, there is absolutely no condemnation.
I could go on and on with news that seems too good to be true. Christ has reconciled us to God, He has liberated us from the kingdom of darkness and placed us in the kingdom of light. We are no longer slaves unto fear, but now we can live from a love-based perspective instead of a fear-based perspective. We no longer need to focus on our sins, but should focus on what Jesus has done for us.
Jesus has perfected us forever.
For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. Hebrews 10:14 KJV
We can walk boldly into the Holy of Holies, because the blood of Jesus covers us.
Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; Hebrews 10:19-20 KJV
This could be the greatest blessing of them all, because now Jesus Christ has removed the veil between us and God, and the impersonal God of the Old Covenant has now become personal with the face of Jesus and the name of Jesus Christ. We take the personal presence of God with us wherever we go, as New Covenant believers.
There are many more promises in the Word of God that are so good that they seem too good to be true, but that is God’s grace, so undeserved that it might always seem too good to be true. The Gospel is good news, such mind blowing, good news that even good Christians have a hard time resting in the grace of God, simply because we feel that we need to do something to add to what God has done. I encourage you to fight off the tendency to think the Gospel is too good to be true and embrace it as the reality that will set you free from the kingdom of darkness, and liberate you to experience the abundant life that Jesus Christ has promised to give each of us as we learn to live In Christ.