If euaggelion—the original Greek word for the Gospel—means God’s Good News, then what is so good about God’s News? Why is it reason enough to always be optimistic? Here are three unwavering reasons from Romans 8 to be optimistic.
Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.
The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, 17and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.
18For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. 20For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope 21that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God.
My sins are forgiven and my eternity is secure.
If we fully bought into Romans 8:1-4, we could probably just skip the next seven reasons and proceed into an optimism-filled, Gospel-propelled life. Yet, God in His patience gave Paul even more good news.
Jesus is at the right hand of God praying for me.
What? We’re talking about the One from the beginning, who’s in and of God, who came to earth, suffered, died, and then rose to defeat sin and death forever? He’s sitting next to God, on the right side, and talking to Him about me? Romans 8:34 should jump our optimism to Olympic-world-record-breaking heights.
My future victory is greater than my present pain.
In Romans 8:16-21, Paul proves that optimism is not the absence of pain, but rather the presence of eternal perspective. He sets up a lop-sided equation to help us understand. Where A = our current struggle, and B = our eternal victory in Christ, not only does A not equal B, but it’s actually “not worth comparing.”
Think about the worst news you could ever face. How does it compare to eternal victory in Christ?