November 21, 2017

The Power of the Gospel

Cross & Clouds

 

“According to [God’s] great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…

Though you have not seen him, you love him.

Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory,

obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”

 

1 Peter 1:3,8-9

 

How does the gospel affect your everyday life?

Or does it?

Far too often, I think, we live as though the gospel is only relevant at the initial point of salvation. We trust in it, rejoice in it, and then move on.

We forget that it is relevant for our entire lives. We carelessly leave it behind. But the gospel is always relevant for believers! {<–tweet this}

Consider these applications of :

  • The truth that we are all completely depraved and equally deserving of God’s wrath ought to keep us humble and compassionate toward all of mankind. But for God’s grace, we could be just as vile and wicked as the worst criminals in our prisons.
  • The truth that we could never redeem ourselves from all our transgressing of God’s law should make us painfully aware of our inability to do anything good on our own, even after salvation. Nothing good dwells in our fleshly nature.
  • The truth that God loved us so much to give of His very self – that love continues into eternity! We should be awed and amazed by that love and mercy! That, too, should keep us humble, for God loved us like that when we least deserved it. He loved us like that when there was only evil in our hearts.
  • The truth that Christ’s horrible suffering canceled our immense eternal debt – how can you not offer your entire being as a living sacrifice to that kind of Savior? That He was separated from a very part of Himself and descended into Hell itself – how can you not rejoice with unspeakable joy in that kind of love?
  •  The truth that His resurrection brought victory over death and sin – means we no longer are slaves to sin’s power! We no longer have to sin when tempted; we can find victory over sin through His resurrection power! Every-day-victory, not just one-time salvation-victory.

The gospel is a powerful thing! It changes lives, from the inside out. It is a hammer, a flaming fire, a piercing sword.

It is power itself, in the greatest sense of the word.

 

So I ask you again:

How does the gospel affect your daily life? How does it help you walk in the Spirit, so you will not fulfill your fleshly desires? How does it motivate you to proclaim Christ’s death and resurrection to the world?

You know, we don’t need to make compelling arguments, or appeal to man’s intellect, or manipulate people into salvation. We need simply to proclaim the gospel of God. We need to bear witness of His truth – just as in the legal sense, as people who have witnessed a crime give testimony of what they saw – so we need to testify of how the gospel has changed our lives!

Romans tells us that the gospel is God’s power for salvation! It is not our words, our logical arguments, that will reach men’s hearts. It is the straight truth of our sin and God’s salvation.

It is the truth that Christ died for our sin, was buried, and rose from the dead three days later – complete Victor over sin’s power and death’s stronghold.

It is the love story of a holy God buying back His rebellious creation, spending Himself to redeem them for His own pleasure.

And everyone who believes in the gospel of Jesus Christ will be saved. Everyone who lives out their faith in the gospel will be considered righteous in Christ.

 

For I am not ashamed of the gospel,
for it is the power of God for salvation
to everyone who believes,
to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

Romans 1:16

 

QUESTIONS for YOU: Is the gospel affecting your everyday life? Do you daily meditate on its truth? Do you proclaim it unadorned to your friends and neighbors?

 

Do you need help seeing the extent of the gospel
throughout the ages? Consider reading along with me:
Monday: Ezekiel 14-15, John 11
Tuesday: Ezekiel 16-17
Wednesday: Ezekiel 18-19, John 12
Thursday: Ezekiel 20-21
Friday: Ezekiel 22-23, John 13
Saturday: Ezekiel 24-26
Sunday: Ezekiel 2 7-29, John 14

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Comments

  1. Great post, friend. I long to live the Gospel in every aspect of my life. Goes back to denying ‘self’ and surrendering to Christ.

  2. Wonderful! Yes the Gospel is the driving force in my life!

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