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.”

Reasons To Rehearse The Gospel Daily. Day 4-My Daily Protection

REASONS TO REHEARSE THE GOSPEL DAILY

Day 4-My Daily Protection

As long as I am inside the gospel, I experience all the protection I need from the powers of evil that rage against me. It is for this reason that the Bible tells me to “take up”10 and “put on”11 the whole armor of God; and the pieces of armor it tells me to put on are all merely synonyms for the gospel. Translated literally from the Greek, they are: “…the salvation…the justification…truth…the gospel of peace…the faith…[and the]…word of God.”12 What are all these expressions but various ways of describing the gospel? Therefore, if I wish to stand victorious in Jesus, I must do as the songwriter suggests and “put on the gospel armor, each piece put on with prayer.”13

That God would tell me to “take up” and “put on” this gospel armor alerts me to the fact that I do not automatically come into each day protected by the gospel. In fact, these commands imply that I am vulnerable to defeat and injury unless I seize upon the gospel and arm myself with it from head to toe. And what better way is there to do this than to preach the gospel to myself and to make it the obsession of my heart throughout each day?

10-Ephesians 6:13. “Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day…”

11-Ephesians 6. “(11) Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. (12) For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.”

12-Ephesians 6. “(14) Stand firm, therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, (15) and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; (16) in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. (17) and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

13- 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.”

Reasons To Rehearse The Gospel Daily. Day 3-The Power Of God

REASONS TO REHEARSE THE GOSPEL DAILY

Day 3-The Power of God

Outside of heaven, the power of God in its highest density is found inside the gospel. This must be so, for the Bible twice describes the gospel as the “power of God.”7 Nothing else in all of Scripture is ever described in this way, except for the person of Jesus Christ.8 Such a description indicates that the gospel is not only powerful, but that it is the ultimate entity in which God’s power resides and does its greatest work.

Indeed, God’s power is seen in erupting volcanoes, in the unimaginably hot boil of the massive sun, and in the lightening speed of a recently discovered star seen streaking through the heavens at 1.5 millions miles per hour. Yet in Scripture such wonders are never labeled “the power of God.” How powerful, then, must the gospel be that it would merit such a title! And how great is the salvation it could accomplish in my life, if I would only embrace it by faith 9 and give it a central place in my thoughts each day!

7-Romans 1:16. “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God to salvation to everyone who believes…” 1 Corinthians 1:18. “For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”

8-1 Corinthians 1:124. “…Christ the power of God.”

9-Hebrews 4:2. “For indeed we have had good news preached to us, just as they also; but the word they heard did not profit them, because it was not united by faith in those who heard.” Ephesians 1. “(18) I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will also know…(19)…what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.”

Reasons To Rehearse The Gospel Daily. Day 2-My Daily Need.

REASONS TO REHEARSE THE GOSPEL DAILY

Day 2-My Daily Need

The gospel is so foolish 3 (according to my natural wisdom), so scandalous 4 (according to my conscience), and so incredible (according to my timid heart 5), that it is a daily battle to believe the full scope of it as it should. There is simply no other way to compete with the forebodings of my conscience, the condemnings of my heart, and the lies of the world and the devil 6 than to overwhelm such things with daily rehearsings of the gospel.

3-1 Corinthians 1. “(21) for since…the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe…(23)…we preach Christ crucified,…to Gentiles foolishness.”

4-1 Corinthians 1:23. “…we preach Christ crucified…a stumbling block [Gr. skandalon]…”

5-1 John 3. “(19) We will know…that we are of the truth, and will assure our hearts before him (20) in whatever our heart condemns us…”

6-2 Corinthians 4:4. “…the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ…”