Monday, March 5, 2007

God is the Gospel - Chapter 3

  • Preachers can say dozens of true and wonderful things
    about the gospel and not lead people to where the gospel is leading.
  • God is the gospel. That is, he is what makes
    the good news good. Nothing less can make the gospel good news.
    God is the final and highest gift that makes the good news good.
    Until people use the gospel to get to God, they use it wrongly.
  • We are not capable of changing God. We cannot pay our own debt.
    “Truly no man can ransom another, or give to God the price of his
    life” (Ps. 49:7). Therefore, in his great mercy, God intervened to put
    Christ forward as the propitiation of God’s own wrath (Rom. 3:25).
  • Thus justification has these two sides: the removal of sin because
    Christ bears our curse, and the imputation of righteousness because
    we are in Christ and his righteousness is counted as ours.
  • Every person should be required to answer the question, “Why is it good news to you that your sinsare forgiven?” “Why is it good news to you that you stand righteous
    in the courtroom of the Judge of the universe?”
  • if God is not treasured as the ultimate gift of the gospel, none of his gifts will be gospel, good news. And if God is treasured as the supremely valuable gift of the
    gospel, then all the other lesser gifts will be enjoyed as well.
  • Forgiveness is simply a way of getting obstacles out of the way so that we can look at each other again with joy
  • Christ did not die to forgive sinners who go on treasuring anything above seeing
    and savoring God. And people who would be happy in heaven if
    Christ were not there, will not be there. The gospel is not a way to
    get people to heaven; it is a way to get people to God. It’s a way of
    overcoming every obstacle to everlasting joy in God. If we don’t want
    God above all things, we have not been converted by the gospel.
  • morally we are not good enough in our fallen condition and would be consumed
    in the fire of his holiness if we saw him fully for who he is.
  • Created beings simply cannot look on the Creator and see him for
    who he is.
  • What I am trying to express here is that the glory of Christ, as
    he appeared among us, consisted not in one attribute or another, and
    not in one act or another, but in what Jonathan Edwards called “an
    admirable conjunction of diverse excellencies.”
  • The glory of Christ is not synonymous with raw power. The
    glory is the divine beauty of his manifold perfections. To see this
    requires a change of heart.
  • The ability to see spiritual beauty is not unwavering. There are ups
    and downs in our fellowship with Christ. There are times of
    beclouded vision, especially if sin gets the upper hand in our lives for
    a season.
  • You can’t see and savor God as supremely satisfying
    while you are full of rebellion against him and he is full of wrath
    against you. The removal of this wrath and this rebellion is what the
    gospel is for. The ultimate aim of the gospel is the display of God’s
    glory and the removal of every obstacle to our seeing it and savoring
    it as our highest treasure. “Behold your God!”

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