Gospel for Life: The gospel gap

For those who have tasted its goodness, you know this. It’s your life. It sustains you and motivates you. You eat and drink it. Jesus wasn’t kidding when he said “whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life”! Sinners who have been redeemed by the blood of Christ live in the glory of the gospel. They consume it for the life-sustaining, love-motivating power that it gives. Indeed, this point must become abundantly clear, because the whole series is about exactly this principle—that the gospel is the key to the Christian lifestyle here and now.

HOW IT HAPPENS

When a person responds to the gospel with repentance and faith, clinging to the Lord Jesus Christ for their salvation, they are taken out from under God’s wrath and place in the center of his unconditional, relentless, unstoppable love. For the believer, there is only blessing from here to eternity. This is what Christ bought for us on the cross. Every good thing we enjoy is an undeserved gift we can enjoy. Every ounce of suffering and pain will ultimately serve to further our joy in God throughout eternity (2 Cor. 4:16-18). In Christ, nothing can separate us from this. Not even our own sin. God has elected to show us infinite favor from everlasting to everlasting. It doesn’t get any better than this. This is the result of the gospel. This is what Christ purchased with his blood.

The unfortunate thing is that sin still dwells within us. And sin minimizes the greatness of this gift of grace. It obscures the glory. The ultimate aim of sin is to take God off his throne. It would rather make much of the self than the Savior. And because of this sinful tendency in every human being, the gospel is not as loved as it should be. Jesus is not as treasured as he deserves. And the resources within the gospel for godly living are neglected. We are often blind to what we have been given. Christians have infinite energy and power at their disposal but they often settle for so little. We would rather play with mud pies because we can’t imagine what a holiday by the sea is. Hence, the gospel gap.

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

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