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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.”

Reasons To Rehearse The Gospel Daily. Day 6-A Cure For Distrust

REASONS TO REHEARSE THE GOSPEL DAILY

Day 6-A Cure For Distrust

Every time I deliberately disobey a command of God, it is because I am in that moment doubtful as to God’s true intentions in giving me that command. Does He really have my best interests at heart? Or is He withholding something from me that I would be better off having?19 Such questions, whether consciously asked or not, lie underneath every act of disobedience.

However, the gospel changes my view of God’s commandments, in that it helps me to see the heart of the Person from whom these commandments come. When I begin my train of thought with the gospel, I realize that if God loved me enough to sacrifice His Son’s life for me then He must be guided by that same love when he speaks His commandments to me. Viewing God’s commands and prohibitions in this light, I can see them for what they really are: friendly signposts from a heavenly Father who is seeking to love me through each directive, so that I might experience His very fullness forever.20

When controlling my thoughts as described above, the gospel cures me of my suspicion of God, thereby disposing me to walk more trustingly on the path of obedience to His commands.

19-Genesis 3. “(4) The serpent said,…(5)…God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (6) When the woman saw that the tree, and that it was delightful to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate…”

20-Deuteronomy 5:29. “Oh that they had such a great heart in them, that they would…keep all my commandments always, that it may be well with them and with their sons forever!”

 

Reasons To Rehearse The Gospel Daily. Day 5-Transformed By Glory.

REASONS TO REHEARSE THE GOSPEL DAILY

Day 5-Transformed By Glory

The glory of God is the most powerful agent of transformation available to mankind. It is so powerful that it transforms those who merely gaze upon it. The apostle Paul gives personal testimony concerning this stunning fact. “But we all,” he says, “beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory.” 14 From Paul’s testimony I learn that if I wish to become all that God wants me to be, I must behold His glory each day.

But where do I find God’s glory to behold? Indeed, the glory of God is revealed throughout all of Creation,15 but the Bible indicates, that outside of heaven, that the glory of God in its thickest density dwells inside the gospel. It is for this reason that the gospel is described in Scripture as “the gospel of the glory of Christ” and “the gospel of the glory of the blessed God.”16 Consequently, as I habitually gaze upon the glory of the Lord revealed in the gospel, I can know that actual deposits of God’s very glory are attaching themselves to my person and transforming me from one level of glory to another.17 This transformation is deep and abiding, and unfadingly displays the glory of God to others.

14-2 Corinthians 3:18. “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.”

15-Psalm 19:1. “The heavens are telling of the glory of God…” Isaiah 6:3. “…Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts, the whole earth is full of his glory.”

16-2 Corinthians 4:4. “…the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ…” 1 Timothy 1:11. “…the gospel of the glory of the blessed God…” (literal translation)

17-2 Corinthians 3:18- “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.”

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