Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Power of the Gospel

Yesterday on The Gospel Coalition blog Jared Compton posted Why the Gospel is Good News for Believers...Now. I found this post really helpful as a reminder that the power of the gospel continues to penetrate the hearts of believers to mold them more into the image of Christ. Jared says:

"If you think the Christian experience is supposed to be characterized by constant discouragement and infrequent victory over sin, your gospel is too small. It’s got a giant hole in it. Right in the middle. It’s a gospel that probably talks a long time about getting into heaven and out of hell or about something you share—or should share—with unbelievers. So, when someone comes along talking about being gospel-centered, you think they’ve got eternity or outreach on their minds, certainly not discipleship. If asked, you’d say the gospel is good news now for believers because of what it did for you back then (justification) and what it will do for you in the future, when you die or Jesus returns (glorification). You wouldn’t have much—anything—to say about sanctification. Again, I’d want to say, you’ve missed something absolutely central to the gospel—something profoundly hopeful. You’ve missed why the gospel is good news for you today, not simply yesterday or tomorrow."

To see the rest of the post click here.

Grace upon grace,
JRL

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