clinging to the gospel for dear life... day 2 and beyond...

i just came across this fantastic quote regarding the gospel in the life of the believer that i wanted to pass along. far too often we as believers treat the gospel as “something lost people need”, when in reality, we were never meant to “move on” from the gospel, but rather cling more tightly to it. pastor and author tullian tchvidjian (grandson of billy graham) says it well …

… most Christians assume that the Gospel is something non-Christians must believe in order to be saved, but after we believe it, we advance to deeper theological waters. The truth is, however, that once God rescues sinners, his plan isn’t to steer them beyond the Gospel, but to move them more deeply into it. After all, the only antidote to sin is the Gospel — and since Christians remain sinners even after they’re converted, the Gospel must be the medicine a Christian takes every day.

For me, it was through probing the story of Jonah that I came face-to-face with the fact that the Gospel is not just for non-Christians but also for Christians. Jonah is a storied presentation of the Gospel, a story of sin and grace, of desperation and deliverance. It reveals the fact that while you and I are great sinners, God is a great Savior, and that while our sin reaches far, his grace reaches farther. This story shows that God is in the business of relentlessly pursuing rebels — a label that ultimately applies to us all — and that he comes after us not to angrily strip away our freedom but to affectionately strip away our slavery so we might become truly free.

very well said. we would do ourselves a great service to pray that the lord would help us to see our need for the gospel more clearly each day. can you imagine what your church, your family, your life would be like if we all clung to the gospel with joy and desperation each day? may god grant it for our good and his glory…

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