Last series we learned how important it is that we get the gospel right. The whole Bible is ultimately about the gospel. If we get the gospel wrong we do much damage to our selves and to the church and to the world. A twisted gospel does more harm than good—even if it’s given with good intentions. We explored the four elements of a faithful gospel presentation: God, man, Christ, response. If those four truths are presented clearly, there is a faithful gospel presentation.
GOSPEL FOR RIGHT NOW
We finished by looking at an insightful passage in 2 Peter 1. It begins by saying that God’s divine power has granted to us “all things that pertain to life and godliness.” In other words, God’s people have all the resources necessary for godliness. He goes on to tell us that the lack of Christian virtue is the result of forgetting the gospel: “For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins.” There are many implications we can draw from this, but I am going to focus on the broad application of it: the gospel is meant to change how we live right now. Look at it again: if you lack certain Christian virtues, it’s because you’ve forgotten you’ve been cleansed of your sins! You’ve forgotten the gospel! You starting to live your life like an unbeliever, totally unaware of what Jesus did on the cross. And so you forfeit the resources for “life and godliness” that enable a faithful Christian life. It’s not a There is no Gospel Gap—the gap between conversion and death—where we don’t need gospel. It’s for the right now. The mundane. Yes, there is much gospel for here-and-now.