What message are 'you' hearing?
"I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard?"
What do you believe in? Or rather I should ask, what message have you heard or are still hearing that you now believe in?
Faith in faith is no faith at all. But equally faith in a wrong message is not the faith that will justify or save you.
Is the message you're hearing that if you become spiritual enough you will hear a secret message(s) from God without needing the written Bible? Or is it that if you'll be a good person or a good Christian God will bless you with health and wealth? Or is it that if you seek God within you you'll reach the maximum potential of who you are or destined to be? Or is it that if live a good life and do good to others and seek social justice for all, God will outweigh your bad with all your good?
How are you doing so far? Are these messages proving to deliver? Do you feel like they're good news to you? Have your burdens lifted? Or do you just feel like you have to work so hard to achieve what you believe and are just more burdened? Well, maybe such messages are not good news at all.
Here's the message or the good news that Abraham heard quoted in Galatians 3:8, "Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.”"
The message of the good news from God to Abraham was "All nations will be blessed through you." Through Abraham would come a Savior into the world and in that way "all nations will be blessed". Abraham in a sense was a direct link through whom the good news would come, the good news being Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world.
So first we need to hear something so we may believe it. Here it is: To enter into a relationship with God you have to be perfectly righteous like God, in thought, intention, word, deed, doing good and not doing bad, without a flaw, perfectly.
So, what you ought to be right now perfectly righteous, Jesus Christ was in your and my place, when he took upon himself humanity to identify with us and to represent us before a Holy God. Philippians 2:8 says, "And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!" Jesus the man in our place obeyed God perfectly all the way to his death on the cross of Calvary. He fulfilled the law of God you should have, and he took the wrath of God on the cross for your sins you were supposed to get. Jesus was, and continues to be perfectly righteous for you, if you will have him.
"For just as through the disobedience of the one man [Adam] the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man [Jesus Christ] the many will be made righteous."
Let me illustrate it to you. When Christine Sinclair scored in an olympic soccer match in Rio it was not just for herself, it was for the benefit of her whole team, and representing and bringing the medal to the whole Canada. You get my point? Jesus in your place obeyed perfectly, because you could not, and would not live if not for him. The Father gave his Son Jesus the work to do, and on the cross Jesus said "It is finished!" Jesus finished the work the Father gave him to do, for you! And there is nothing you can add to it, because he did it perfectly.
So what do you and I need to do come into a relationship with God, and stay in that relationship? Simply faith in Jesus, in who he is and what he has done for you and in your place, in his life, death and resurrection, the message of the good news written about in the Holy Bible the Word of God.
So what will you do with Jesus, the good news?