Stunned by the Gospel

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When’s the last time you rejoiced in the gospel? When’s the last time you were stunned by its amazing message? I know for me, if I don’t make conscious efforts to focus on its truth and power, the gospel message can actually become too familiar. I’m a pastor’s kid, so I was learning about the gospel through the “Wordless Book” probably before I could speak! My entire education was in Christian schools and colleges, so it’s a very familiar theme. But when I stop to really THINK about it….to really meditate on the craziness of that kind of love…it can knock me to my knees.

Lately, I’ve been reading a little book called A Gospel Primer, by Milton Vincent. I absolutely love this book. It’s revealing the gospel in new and fresh ways to me, and I’m constantly being stunned by the beauty of the gospel message. Have you been hearing the phrase, “Preach the gospel to yourself”? Well, this is a great way to do it. Not only does it have small entries to meditate on, but it also lists tons of Scripture passages to confirm and develop the topic. I’m planning to write some posts on some of the ones that are transforming my thinking.

But for now, I just want to challenge you to really meditate on the amazing redemption that is ours through the work of Christ. We’re all so messed up. We’re just people…and we’re all in need of a Savior. And for some crazy reason the Holy God, the Creator of the universe loves us and has a plan to redeem us!

Listen to this description of Him: “He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone possesses immortality and dwells in unapproachable light” (1 Tim 6) “I, the LORD, am the maker of all things, stretching out the heavens by Myself, and spreading out the earth all alone…For I am God, and there is no other; I am God and there is no one like Me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things which have not been done.” (Is. 44, 46) And for a really amazing description that God declares of Himself, read Job 38-41….Wow!!

Now listen to this description of us: “There is none righteous, not even one; there is none who understands, none who seeks for God; All have turned aside, together they have become useless…their throat is an open grave, with their tongue they keep deceiving, the poison of asps is on their lips; whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness, their feet are swift to shed blood; destruction and misery are in their paths, and the path of peace have they not known. There is no fear of God before their eyes” (Rom. 3)

And the good news: “BUT GOD…being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us ALIVE together with Christ -by grace you have been saved!” (Eph 2) “He made Him, who knew no sin, to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Cor. 5)

Isn’t it a crazy love?! It’s so crazy, in fact, that “the word of the cross is to those who are perishing foolishness; but to us, who are being saved, it is the POWER OF GOD.” (1 Cor 1) This is where the power is! The word of the cross….the Gospel. I want to take time to really meditate on it and allow it to give me God’s power to live for His glory! I want to rejoice in it continually and be stunned by its beauty! Oh God, don’t let me become so familiar with this message that I miss how incredible it is! Keep me, Lord, in a posture of humility and awe of You and Your amazing Good News!!

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One Response to “Stunned by the Gospel”

  1. LLM Says:

    Hi Charity! I have this book but have not read it yet. I’ll have to move it up my list! I have heard the phrase “gospel hardened” – sometimes being raised in the church and in Christian school, you hear the gospel so much that the response is “yawn”! Thanks for your post on how the gospel should stun us!

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