Tuesday, March 13, 2007

God is the Gospel -- Chapter 6

  • The greatest good in the gospel is the gift of seeing and savoring the glory of
    God in Christ forever.
  • The holiness of Christian people and the conversion of perishing people hang on seeing and savoring the glory of God in the gospel.
  • it is crucial for evangelism and missions that we
    understand that true saving faith is grounded on a spiritual sight of
    the glory of God in the gospel. This will have a huge impact on the
    way we think about missions and evangelism. The primary impact
    will be to make sure that the missionary and the evangelist are spiritual
    people who see and savor the glory of God in the face of
  • The Spirit and the Word are both essential. The
    story of Christ must be told, and the Spirit of Christ must be triumphant.
  • Understanding the decisive purpose of the gospel as the revelation of the glory of Christ is
    the biblical key to Christian holiness.
  • It shows how Christ-exalting the Holy
    Spirit is. He will not do his sanctifying work by the use of his direct
    divine power. He will only do it by making the glory of Christ the
    immediate cause of it. This is the way he works in evangelism, and
    this is the way he works in sanctification.
  • The work of the Holy Spirit in changing us is not
    to work directly on our bad habits but to make us admire Jesus
    Christ so much that sinful habits feel foreign and distasteful.
  • And as we behold the glory of Christ in the gospel and savor his
    purity, we come to see sin as repugnant, and salvation as magnificent

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