The Gospel

13 Feb

A few years ago, I began the discipline of preaching the gospel to myself daily. Consistency has lacked at times. Repetition has led to some stagnation, thus forcing me to deal with my heart. Nonetheless, preaching to myself has been a valuable discipline to remind me of my need of God’s mighty provision of grace. The following is one of many journal entries where I meditate upon the gospel. It has been edited to improve readability, but it still maintains the original flow of thought.

“Today, as I do most days, I ask about the gospel. What is the gospel? The gospel is God’s good news for sinners—for a sinner like me: the good news that though I’m a sinner, by faith in Jesus Christ I am no longer an enemy of God; it is the good news that I am rescued from impending doom, and that I will be rescued; this salvation comes through faith in Jesus Christ—faith in who Jesus is, what Jesus has done, and the promise of what he will do; this faith is self-perpetuating, as the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, a present-continuous belief and trust; this faith is in the creator God who came in the flesh and is named Jesus—a name above every name; this faith is in Jesus who is the God-man who came according to prophetic promises uttered long ago; this faith is in the Jesus who came and lived fully pleasing to God the Father; this faith is in Jesus who suffered an un-just death upon a cross, so that whosoever believes in him will not perish, but have imperishable joy both now and forevermore; a faith in Jesus as a substitute for sinners; a faith in him who saved us to a holy calling, not because of works but because of his grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began.”

“Sinners (I) deserve death and hellfire, but Jesus took the place of sinners (me) and paid the debt sin, our sin, has earned; this faith rests in the atoning work of Jesus on our behalf—children of God walk in this faith. Faith is ever outward and dependent upon God. Children of the Father seek to be well-pleasing unto him because of this faith; his children are not perfecting themselves by the law, but simply living in the faith that desires to do good, which we’ve been prepared to walk in beforehand.”

The daily reminder of God’s gospel in Jesus Christ reminds of the grace in which I stand, as I rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Focusing upon the grace of God in the gospel directs us to the truth of the Word, in which all those who have faith in Jesus Christ live.

Do you think of the gospel daily?

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