This is the Gospel, daily [part III]

Check out part I and part II.

 

This is the Gospel of the grace of Jesus Christ:

“I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and Delivered himself up for me. That I no longer live, but Christ in me…and that cross was my death too.” Matt Chandler (see above video)

Oh, the depths of truly believing what the Gospel offers.

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Here is what I am learning: living the Gospel is to die daily to the sin that so easily entangles.

Just because you did it before, does not mean you have to do it again.

Sin can be a hard cycle to break. That is why we have to trust the sacrifice is enough and continue to walk in pursuit of Christ, the cross, and the sacrifice made for us. As we pursue this goal, and to share this Good News with others, we have to walk it ourselves. We have to choose to forgive ourselves for failing (yet again). We have to forgive our neighbor, our spouse, or the person we simply can’t stand. The Gospel is about a sacrifice of grace – that is the central theme – and as Christ’s body, we must act this out consistently and constantly.

Shauna Niequist puts it this way in her book, Bittersweet, “…the central image of the Christian faith is death and rebirth, that the core of it all, over and over again, is death and rebirth.”

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This is the Gospel, daily [part II]

Read part I.

literally means “good news.” Ephesians 2:5 (Amplified version) explains it as this:

Even when we were dead (slain) by [our own] shortcomings and trespasses, He mad us alive together in fellowship and in union with Christ; [He gave us the very life of Christ Himself, the same new life with which He quikened Him, for] it is by grace (His favor and mercy which you did not deserve) that you are saved (delivered from judgement and made partakers of Christ’s salvation).

This is the good news of grace. In order to believe in this Good News, you have to identify with your sin, your shortcomings, your trespasses – you have to believe you do not deserve God, His love, His favor, or His eternal life.

You have to believe that.

And then you have to see Christ’s sacrifice of grace.

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As a human being it is hard to believe, to truly believe, that we don’t deserve God. We have a level of pride simply by being human. We seem to be born believing the world is for us, we deserve things. But truthfully sinner – we deserve nothing.

In case you are unsure of the definition of nothing: no thing, not anything; no part share or trace.

Nada. You did not deserve the death of Christ and you do not deserve God.

BUT!

Hallelujah there’s a but!

Please take the time to watch this video, it mashes up a few people explaining the Gospel beautifully:

This is the Gospel, daily [part I].

I have said it time and time again that when God wants to teach me something, He brings the lesson to mind over and over. Or maybe I just don’t listen the first time. I can’t be for sure.  I do believe God “speaks” to His children in various ways – the way that is beneficial for them, the way they might best hear Him. For me, I am learning He does not speak audibly or really through the mouths of others, but He shows me a lesson over and over throughout multiple circumstances. Again, let me be clear – this does not mean He doesn’t speak to me in those other ways, maybe I’m just not listening, or maybe sometimes He’ll choose those ways to teach me.

Let me be clear about something else, I am only just now realizing this after 20 years of calling myself a Christian and 27 years of praying. I have prayed over and over for God to reveal things to me, for God to speak to me, and only now at the young age of 27 am I learning how I hear him best.

Something that has been pressed upon my heart and my mind over the past month or so is the idea that as Christians we are to live out the gospel every moment every day. This means it is not a one time truth we hear, change our lives, and then move on.

Brothers and sisters – the Gospel is a life change!

I started realizing this truth about a month ago when She Reads Truth did a series appropriately titled, “This is the Gospel.” At the same time I went to a house church in my area where someone mentioned the book A Gospel Primer and how in this book Vincent speaks to the truth of the gospel being lived out in a Christian’s life on a daily basis. What was funny about that, once I started reading it, was that someone had encouraged me to buy and read it a few years ago and I read a page or two and never picked it up again. It didn’t hold any weight at the time; my heart was not ready for the lesson I needed to learn from the words of Vincent.

The whole lesson of living out the gospel really made sense to me today, as I sat at my office desk eating my lunch and walking this video from Sean Lowe (previous ABC Bachelor):

I am Second – Sean Lowe

He made a mistake and he turned from it. I think this is the crucial we need to explore.

What does it mean to live the Gospel on a daily basis?

Come back for part II. And if you read nothing in that post, make sure to watch the video at the end.