ITS ALL ABOUT HIS GOSPEL
The gospel applies to all who believe in Jesus. God does not say that he will save those who climb mountains or clean up their addictions or relieve poverty or reach some designated level of goodness. He saves those who simply believe in Jesus as their Savior (John 3:16). We should not be swayed by misconceptions that faith in Jesus identifies something good in us that makes him love us, but rather His sacrifice, not our faith, is the work that balances the scales of divine justice.
The great reformer Martin Luther rightly said that, as sinners, we are prone to pursue a relationship with God in one of two ways. The first is religion/spirituality and the second is the gospel. The two are opposite in every way.
The gospel, in many churches, has been watered down, disfigured and stripped of its power. We recognize that the gospel has the power to save (Romans 1:16) so we enter into faith with Christ. However, many believers leave the gospel at the door, and get on with their life. This is not Christ’s intent.
Colossians 2:6–7 (ESV) 6 Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, 7 rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
We are to walk in Jesus in the same way we sought Him for forgiveness of sins when we first believed. It is in this manner that we are rooted, built up, and are mature in our faith because of the daily progression of the gospel. When a person does not do this they begin to live the only way they know how, by trying to be obedient to religious standards rather than the gospel of Jesus. We must not forget the power of the gospel (Romans 1:16) nor the sufficiency of the gospel (2 Corinthians 12:9). Our foundation, Jesus, is the gospel.
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