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Without the Gospel Message of Jesus Christ …

Without the Gospel Message of Jesus Christ God’s law becomes unproductive!

Without the Gospel Message of Jesus Christ God’s law becomes behavior modification!

 

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In the Gospel God reveals Jesus as an object of confidence to sinners

In the Gospel God reveals Jesus as an object of confidence to sinners

This concept may prove to be somewhat controversial among Christians but this is clearly true in scripture.

The Calling of Matthew

9As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.

10While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and “sinners” came and ate with him and his disciples. 11When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and ‘sinners’?”

12On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’[a] For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Following our justification we become both saint and sinner.  We are a saint because of what Jesus did for us but we are also a sinner because of the fall and Satan,  the god of this world, along with  6000 years of  sin permeating the air of this world like a stinky perfume.   Anybody who says otherwise is clearly misled about scripture and being misled by self.   Gods call to man to remove our sin will never change that.  Paul tells us that man is at odds with God in this struggle of his fleshly sin.

Todays religious Church has become a sanctuary for saints as they deny this truth. In this scripture Jesus is telling the Church to also be a hospital for sinners with the Gospel (the power of God) and the Holy Spirit as the doctor.  By keeping Christ  and the Gospel central and maintaining a theology of the Cross  we prevent ourselves from straying or leaning down the path of the pharisees “sanctified” exclusive club of saints.

Lets look at how Paul ends many chapters of the bible demonstrating tha God reveals Jesus and the Gospel as an object of confidence among sinners:

Romans 5 Peace and Joy

20The law was added so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, 21so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Christ the Wisdom and Power of God

0It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31Therefore, as it is written: “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.”[d]

Romans 8

38For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[m] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

I want to point out that in order for us to see our sin clearly (both our relgious and our worldly sin) and to prevent our natural religious, legalistic selves from overcoming grace,   the words grace might reign and a theology of the Cross and Jesus must permeate us to our core.

In the following article (http://www.parishpres.org/documents/The%20Expulsive%20Power%20of%20a%20New%20Affection.pdf)  Thomas Chalmer discusses why trying alone and the law is not enough to overcome sin. What we need is expulsive, replacement, rejoicing in Jesus Christ and Gods plan for our lives in the face or manss addictions and idols.  Here is how Thomas Chalmers put it:

But the same revelation which dictates so mighty an obedience places within our  reach a  mighty  instrument of obedience. It brings for admittance, to the very door of our heart, an affection which, once seated upon its throne, will either subordinate every previous inmate, or bid it away. Beside the world it places before the eye of the mind Him who made the world, and with this peculiarity, which is all its own—that in the gospel do we so behold God as that we may love God. It is there, and there only, where God stands revealed as an object of confidence to sinners—and where our desire after Him is not chilled into apathy by that barrier of human guilt which intercepts every approach that is not made to Him through the appointed Mediator.  Mediator. It is the bringing in of this better hope, whereby we draw nigh unto God—and to live without hope is to live without God, and if the heart be without God the world will then have all the ascendency. It is God apprehended by the believer as God in Christ who alone can dispost it from this ascendency. It is when He stands dismantled of the terrors which belong to Him as an offended lawgiver, and when we are enabled by faith, which is His own gift, to see His glory in the face of Jesus Christ, and to hear His beseeching voice, as it protests good-will to men, and entreats the return of all who will to a full pardon, and a gracious acceptance—it is then that a love paramount to the love of the world, and at length expulsive of it, first arises in the regenerating bosom. It is when released from the spirit of bondage, with which love can not dwell, and when admitted into the number of God’s children, through the faith that is in Christ Jesus, the spirit of adoption is poured upon upon us—it is then that the heart, brought under the mastery of one great and predominant affection, is delivered from the tyranny of its former desires, and in the only way in which deliverance is possible.

This confidence to sinners is an assurance that God will see us through to heaven.  Lets contend and fight to NEVER FORGET THAT  THE  GOSPEL IS THE POWER OF GOD FOR SINNERS to overcome so we can prevent a new religious, pharasaical sin becoming a substitute to our old worldly sin.

Being positioned in Christ

Over the years I have tended to prefer Pastors and Churches that find a way to sneak or relate Christ and the Gospel message into every sermon. By doing this, I believe, they are fighting against many of the temptations and traps that many people can fall into. As I think about this I wanted to bring back a list of items that highlights the Gospel centrality mindset in comparison to Religious mentality mindset. The base document was started by Tim Keller and I added several items that were thoughts of mine as I thought this over.

Below is the table contrasting people that find their identity in Jesus Christ and the Gospel message to those Continue reading