To Steal a John Piper Phrase, God is the Gospel!

Yesterday, we looked at why it’s important for us to know why we believe what we believe concerning the doctrines of Christianity, and I concluded that to know why we believe is to keep our faith active and committed.  Today, as promised, we’re going to take a gander at why we should believe the doctrines of Christianity, specifically, the Gospel.  There are many ways for us to answer this question.  It is true that we believe because we have the promise of heaven and escaping hell.  It is true that we believe because the Gospel is the truth.  It is also true that we believe because we experience immense joy in believing.  But ultimately, we must believe because of God.  The Gospel is all about us being made right with God, and this is done by God and for God.  Let’s explore this a bit.  God made us, we sinned against God by trying to be like God, we remain in rebellion against God surrounded by a world in rebellion against God, because God loved us He sent His Son as the perfect sacrifice required to pay for our rebellion against Him, those who believe in God’s Son will be forgiven of their sins and made His adopted sons and daughters, and in the future those believers will be brought home to God to serve Him perfectly in His presence forever.  That’s the Gospel…  it’s not, ultimately, about us (even though we get awesome benefits as the objects of His love), it’s, first, about God every step of the way.  To quote the title of a John Piper book, God is the Gospel!  Our main reason for believing the Gospel must be no less than God.  We believe because God loved us enough to do everything necessary to save us.  This becomes an excellent question for us to use in evaluating our faith.  Do we believe the Gospel just because of the benefits we get in doing so or do we believe the Gospel because we get God.  Francis Chan, in his ever-increasing hip-ness, says it like this, “Are we in love with God or just His stuff?” (Crazy Love, p. 62).  The answer to this question may reveal a lack of quality in your faith…  or it may reveal that you never really had faith at all.  Either way, repentance and faith is the answer, and because of His love, God has made that possible for you through Jesus.

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About Brent Osterberg

Ransomed sinner, husband to Keri, father to the kiddos three, associate pastor at Calvary Bible Church in Fort Worth, TX, and lover of most things epic. View all posts by Brent Osterberg

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