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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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Finding yourself in Christ

if you find yourself in Christ…

Your self-view is not based on a view of my or yourself as a moral achiever. In Christ I am simul iustus et peccator—simultaneously sinful and lost yet accepted in Christ. I am so bad he had to die for me and I am so loved he was glad to die for me. This leads me to deeper and deeper humility and confidence at the same time. Neither swaggering nor sniveling.

My identity and self-worth are centered on Jesus … the one who died for His enemies, who was excluded from the city for me. I am saved by sheer grace. So I can’t look down on those who believe or practice something different from me. Only by grace I am what I am. I’ve no inner need to win arguments.

No matter where we angle our thoughts (Love, wrath, works) our human nature will find idols. The Gospel message gives us a third way different from the religious pharisees and differnt from the irreligious. The Gospel says that both the religious works-morality-based pharisees and the irreligious are alike in their need for a savior.

This an excerpt from an article I wrote that is under one of the comments below. For the complete article keep reading the comments below.

Martin Luther — Christocentric and Gospel Oriented

I want to point out Tim Kellers document on why he believes a continual re-discovery of the Gospel is required for Christian Growth. Below is a link to the document:

http://spadinofamily.files.wordpress.com/2008/04/centrality-of-the-gospel1.pdf

Martin Luther once said the following:

“The principal point of the law is to make men not better but worse, But by the knowledge of their sin they may be humbled, terrified, bruised, and broken … and by this means they may be driven by Grace so to come to Christ”. Scott Sauls said in a sermon once “That we will never hunger for Christs beauty until we have seen the filth of our own vain efforts to make ourselves beautiful” .

Both of these are great summary sentences cause by reflecting on scripture and validly good attempts to understand scripture through the eyes of Christ and the Gospel message

The Gospel is not the beginning of our Christian walk it IS the entirety of the Christian walk! Lets keep the Gospel message of Jesus Christ in focus! Its important to keep the cross and the Gospel message in our sights at all times so we can deeply find our identity in Christ.

Rightness in Christ

Probably one of my main goals I have in the spiritual discussions I have on the BLOG is to make Christians think very hard about the religious idols they have in their life. I realize that theire are a lot of Christian BLOGS out there talking about reformed truth or the evils of pelagianism, etc.

Unlike these other BLOGS, what I really want to do is to have people reflect on themselves and not all the stuff out there. To internalize our faith first before we externalize it. To use our Christian faith to examine ourselves. We can find idols in anything including our religiosity. We can (and usually do) medicate ourselves on the “rightness of our behavior” or the “rightness of our beliefs”. Pursuing right behavior and beliefs are not a problem but making it our dominant form of behavior is a pathological problem that we all have and its the root of pharisiism. Lets admit it. … our minds are idol factories. What ought to dominate ourselves is not the “rightness of our behavior” or the “rightness of our beliefs” but an undying focus on what the cross means to us. The only rightness that should consume us should be the “rightness we have in Christ” (Romans 1:16-17)

I hope people do understand since there are so many BLOGs out there that want to talk about Religious truths … but this Blog is meant to be different and to make us as Christians take a hard look at ourselves. I want to move myself and others from Biblical theory to Biblical practice and to find our identity deeply in Christ.

Romans 12:1 says Brothers I encourage you, IN VIEW OF GODS MERCY, to offer our bodies and living sacrifices holy and pleasing to God. We sometimes jump past looking at the Cross and Gods Mercy. Lets do everything in view of Gods mercy for us on the cross. A BIG part of God’s mercy is understanding that with Jesus and the cross we are nothing and that our ONLY source of righteousness is found solely in Christ.

In Christ,

Jon Spadino