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Reasons To Rehearse The Gospel Daily. Day 13-Stimulated To Love Others

REASONS TO REHEARSE THE GOSPEL DAILY
Day 13-Stimulated To Love Others

When my mind is fixed on the gospel, I have ample stimulation to show God’s love to other people. For I am always willing to show love to others when I am freshly mindful of the love that God has shown to me.42 Also, the gospel gives me the wherewithal to give forgiving grace to those who have wronged me, for it reminds me daily of the forgiving grace that God is showing me.43

Doing good and showing love to those who have wronged me is always the opposite of what my sinful flesh wants me to do. Nonetheless, when I remind myself of my sins against God and of His forgiving and generous grace toward me, I give the gospel an opportunity to reshape my perspective and to put me in a frame of mind wherein I actually desire to give this same grace to those who have wronged me.

42-Titus 3. “(1) Remind them…(2) to malign no one, to be peaceable, showing every consideration for all men. (3) For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another. (4) But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, (5) He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to his mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, (6) whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, (7) so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. (8) This is a trustworthy statement; and concerning these things I want you to speak confidently, so that those who have believed God will be careful to engage in good deeds. These things are good and profitable for men.”

43-Ephesians 4:32. “Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” Colossians 3. “(12) So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience; (13) bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.”

Reasons To Rehearse The Gospel Daily. Day 12-My Inheritance In The Saints

REASONS TO REHEARSE THE GOSPEL DAILY

Day 12-My Inheritance In The Saints

The gospel is not just a message of reconciliation with God, but it also heralds the reconciliation of all believers to one another in Christ. Through the death of Christ, God has brought peace where there was once hostility, and He has broken down the racial, economic, and social barriers that once divided us outside of Christ.37

Also, when God saved us, He made us members of His household,38, and He gave us as gifts to one another.39 Each brother and sister is a portion of my gospel inheritance from God, and I am a portion of their inheritance as well. We are significant players in each other’s gospel narrative, and it is in relationship with one another that we experience the fullness of God in Christ.40

Hence, the more I comprehend the full scope of the gospel, the more I value the church for which Christ died,41 the more I value the role that I play in the lives of my fellow-Christians, and the more I appreciate the role that they must be allowed to play in mine.

37-Ephesians 2. “(14) For he himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, (15) by abolishing in his flesh the enmity…so that in himself he might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace, (16) and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by having it put to death the enmity.” Colossians 3:11. “a in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all.” Galatians 3:28. “There is neither Greek or Jew, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male or female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Revelation 5:9. “…You [Jesus] were slain, and purchased for God with your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation.”

38-Ephesians 2:19. “So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are God’s household,”

39-Ephesians 1:18. “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know…what are the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,”

40-Ephesians 3. “(17) “…you being rooted and grounded in love, (18) may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, (19) and to know the love of Christ…that you may be filled up with all the fullness of God.” 2 Timothy 2:22. “…pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.” 1 Peter 4:10. “As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” Ephesians 1. “(22)…the church, (23) which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.”

Reasons To Rehearse The Gospel Daily, Day 11-Loving My Brothers And Sisters

REASONS TO REHEARSE THE GOSPEL DAILY

Day 11-Loving My Brothers And Sisters

The more I experience the gospel, the more there develops within me a yearning affection for my fellow-Christians who are also participating in the glories of the gospel. This affection for them comes loaded with confidence in their continued spiritual growth and ultimate glorification, and it becomes my pleasure to express to them this loving confidence regarding the ongoing work of God in their lives.34

Additionally, with the gospel proving itself to be such a boon in my own life, I realize that the greatest gift that I can give to my fellow-Christians is the gospel itself. Indeed, I love my fellow Christians not simply because of the gospel, but I love them best when I am loving them with the gospel!35 And I do this not merely by speaking gospel words to them, but also by living before them and generously relating to them in a gospel manner. Imparting my life to them in this way, I thereby contribute to their experience of the power, the Spirit, and the full assurance of the gospel.36

By preaching the gospel to myself each day, I nurture the bond that unites me with my brothers and sisters for whom Christ died, and I also keep myself well-versed in the raw materials with which I may actively love them in Christ.

34-Philippians 1. “(3) I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, (4) always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all, (5) in view of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now. (6) For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. (7) For it is only right for me to feel this way about you all, because I have you in my heart, since both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers of grace with me.”

35-1 Thessalonians 2:8. “Having so fond an affection for you, we were well-pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become very dear to us.”

36-1 Thessalonians 1:5. “For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance, as you know what kind of men we were among you for your sake.” (New King James Version)

 

Reasons To Rehearse The Gospel Daily. Day 10-Enslaved By Christ’s Righhteousness

REASONS TO REHEARSE THE GOSPEL DAILY

Day 10-Enslaved By Christ’s Righteousness

The righteousness of God, credited to me through Christ, is not merely something I rest in, but it is also the premier saving reality by which God governs me. According to Romans 6, when I obeyed the gospel call I was both declared righteous and “became a slave to righteousness” at the same time.30 Quite literally, the righteousness that God credited to me became my master on the day I was converted! And now I am daily called by God to surrender the members of my being as slaves to do whatever the righteousness dictates.31

That I would be called to present my members as slaves of this imputed righteousness implies that my justification has something to say to me by way of directing me how to live my life each day. What it directs me to do is to be holy; and what results from my obedience to its rule is sanctification, or holiness of life.32 Hence, it could be said that ‘sanctification’ is merely the lifelong process wherein I joyfully surrender myself to God’s imputed righteousness and then do whatever this righteousness directs me to do. Indeed God has clothed me with His righteousness . Now He wants this righteousness to master me.

The more I exult in the reality of my justification in Christ, the more I position myself to experience the full governing force of its sanctifying power in my life. And the more sanctified I become, the more I experience the full breadth of eternal life that God has given to me in Christ.33

30-Romans 6. “(17) But thanks be to God that…you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed. (18) and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.” (literal translation=”slaves of righteousness”)

31-Romans 6:19. “…For just as you presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness, resulting in further lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness, resulting in sanctification.”

32-Romans 6:19. “…so now present your members as slaves to righteousness, resulting in sanctification.”

33-Romans 6. “(19)…so now present your members as slaves to righteousness, resulting in sanctification…(22) But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life.”

Reasons To Rehearse The Gospel Daily. Day 9-Resting In Christ’s Righteousness

REASONS TO REHEARSE THE GOSPEL DAILY

Day 9-Resting In Christ’s Righteousness

The gospel encourages me to rest in my righteous standing with God, a standing which Christ Himself has accomplished and always maintains for me.26 I never have to do a moment’s labor to gain or maintain my justified status before God!27 Freed from the burden of such a task, I now can put my energies into enjoying God, pursuing holiness, and ministering God’s amazing grace to others.

The gospel also reminds me that my righteous standing with God always holds firm regardless of my performance, because my standing is based solely on the work of Jesus and not mine.28 On my worst says of sin and failure, the gospel encourages me with God’s unrelenting grace toward me.29 On my best days of victory and usefulness, the gospel keeps me relating to God solely on the basis of Jesus’ righteousness and not mine.

26-Romans 5. “(1) Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, (2) through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God.” 1 John 2. “(1)…And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; (2) and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins…”

27-Romans 4:5. “But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited ¬†as righteousness,” Hebrews 4:3. “For we who have believed enter that rest…” Matthew 11:28. “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.”

28-Romans 5. “(18) So then as though one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of of life to all men. (19)…through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous.”

29-Romans 5. “(20)…where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, (21) so that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (6:1) What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace might increase?” 1 John 2. “(1)…And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous, (2) and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins…”

Reasons To Rehearse The Gospel Daily. Day 8-Freedom From Sin’s Power

REASONS TO REHEARSE THE GOSPEL DAILY

Day 8-Freedom From Sin’s Power

As long as I am stricken with the guilt of my sins, I will be captive to them, and will often find myself re-committing the very sins about which I feel most guilty. The Devil is well aware of this fact; he knows that if he can keep me tormented by sin’s guilt, he can dominate me with sin’s power.

The gospel, however, slays sin at at this root point and thereby nullifies sin’s power over me. The forgiveness of God, made known to me through the gospel, liberates me from sin’s power because it liberates me first from its guilt;25 and preaching such forgiveness to myself is a practical way of putting the gospel into operation as a nullifier of sin’s power in my life.

25-Romans 6:14. “For sin shall not be a master over you, for you are…under grace.”

Reasons To Rehearse The Gospel Daily. Day 7-Sufficiency In The Gospel

REASONS TO REHEARSE THE GOSPEL DAILY

Day 7-Sufficiency In The Gospel

The gospel serves as the means by which God daily constructs me into what He wants me to be and also serves as the channel through which He gives me my inheritance every day of my Christian life.21 Hence, it could be said that the gospel contains all that I need “for life and godliness.”22 It is for this reason that God tells me to be steadfastly entrenched in the gospel at all times and never to allow myself to be moved from there.23 The mere fact that God tells me to stay inside the gospel at all times must mean that He intends to supply all of my needs as long as I am abiding in that place of luxury.24

21-Acts 20:32. “…I commend you…to the message of his grace [the gospel], which is continually able to build you up and give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.” [literal translation]

22-2 Peter 1:3. “…his divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and excellence.”

23-Colossians 1:23. “…continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel…”

24-Colossians 2. “(8) See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ. (9) for in him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, (10) and in him you have been made complete…” 2 Peter 1:3. “…his divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and excellence.”

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