I went to a service of Bennjamin and his wife Stephanie at Northway Church (Durban North) and was completely blown away by them.. it was an awesome time of just freedom in the presence of God, no holding back, no pre concieved ideas of what was going to happen.. but it was a glorious time...was left with this thought, If Moses experienced Glory under the Old Covenant to a point where he had to cover His face, Imagine how much more we can see it under the New Covenant being able to enter boldly the throne room of God and sit at His feet..From Glory to Glory! The Gospel is Good news about a Good God, if He did not hold back His very own son surely he will not hold back every aspect of His kingdom...I cant imagine He would give us life through His son and then Hold back every other wonder & blessing of being His Son/Daughter.
Take a read of one of his articles from his website www.joyrevolution.com :
The Happy Gospel
In 1 Timothy 1:11 in the Rotherham translation we see what the Gospel really consists of:
... according to the glad-message of the glory, of the happy God.
Yes, the message is one of extreme gladness and God is an extremely happy God!
The focus of the Happy Message, which we call the Gospel, is and will always be; the Nature of God and the nature of what He has accomplished for humanity through His Son Jesus the Christ.
This message to humanity is infinitely blissful and glad, for in it we find the cure for fallen mankind. The Gospel itself is the drink every heart longs for. It lifts man from his wretched, sinful state into the limitless heights of happiness and holiness found only in salvation.
The Good-News is centered in God’s son, and tells of a new existence given graciously to all who believe and trust in it’s power.
There are many non-gospels as the message bible puts it, in Galations chapter 1, that pretend to be Gods message but none of these can or will have the same effect as the True Gospel does upon the heart of the believer. None can produce the heart satisfaction and endless peace that only the true Good- News can procure.
When this message is declared it does not leave a man feeling unworthy and pitiful. In fact, when preached, the glorious Gospel leaves man with the realization that there was an infinite cost paid to make him worthy. It opens a door to a new reality. It leaves us with beauty in trade for ashes. Tears are turned into wine and the sound of rejoicing is heard instead of the sound of weeping.
The Gospel leads men to repentance not because of the fear of eternal punishment, but because of the promise of eternal bliss! It is the goodness of God, the divine pleasure, which leads man to repentance.
In the Gospel we see the greatest gift given to the universe, sent not to condemn but to save. Sent to save the human race from a lifeless existence separated from God. To save from sin and its sting in this life!
The Gospel is the declaration of freedom from all sin, sickness, disease, depression and death and it is the voice of the Lord that speaks to the darkness and turns it into light.
To know the Gospel as anything less than this is tragic. Unless it is known and drunk down in its entirety, its benefits will never be realized.
Next time someone preaches to you "the gospel" check your joy meters; because only the true Glad-Message of Christ's' finished work on the cross the can tip the scales!