The Gospel: A Clearer View

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  • 1. “The ultimate good of the gospel is seeing and savoring the beauty and value of God. God’s wrath and our sin obstruct that vision and that pleasure. You can’t see and savor God as supremely satisfying while you are full of rebellion against Him and He is full of wrath against you. The removal of this wrath and this rebellion is what the gospel is for. The ultimate aim of the gospel is the display of God’s glory and the removal of every obstacle to our seeing it and savoring it as our highest treasure. “Behold Your God!” is the most gracious command and the best gift of the gospel. If we do not see Him and savor Him as our greatest fortune, we have not obeyed or believed the gospel.” ! ― John Piper, God Is the Gospel: Meditations on God's Love as the Gift of Himself 11/18/13 ! Evidence for things unseen.
  • 2. Gospel What is the to you? Evidence for things unseen.
  • 3. Gospel to you? Who is Evidence for things unseen.
  • 4. Is it foolishness? “For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.” Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.” - 1 Corinthians 1:18–25 Evidence for things unseen.
  • 5. Romans 3:20 1 John 3:4 Holy Spirit enables believers to fulfil the law through Jesus Romans 8:3–4 Ezekiel 11:19–20 Galatians 5:13–18 Jesus Christ is Lord Matthew 28:18 Daniel 7:13–14 Luke 10:22 We are a new creation and the old has passed 2 Corinthians 5:17 The Gospel Human beings cannot fulfil the law by their own efforts Romans 3:20 Galatians 2:15–16 Law points to the coming of Jesus Christ Galatians 3:24 11/18/13 Law remains valid for believers Romans 7:7–11 Believers not justified by works, but via faith in blood of Jesus Romans 3:28 Galatians 3:11 Galatians 3:10–14 Lordship of Jesus acknowledged only by divine revelation Salvation comes only through Jesus Jesus Christ is our Saviour Jesus did everything required to save His people John 16:13–15 1 John 4:2–3 Luke 2:11 John 4:42 1 Timothy 2:5–6 John 14:6 Acts 4:12 John 19:30 John 17:4 1 Corinthians 15:20–22 Matthew 16:27; Revelation 22:20 Law brings knowledge of human sin and the need for redemption Jesus will return to judge the world + bring his people to glory Gospel Evidence for things unseen.
  • 6. Gospel “Paul, an apostle—sent not from men nor by man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead— and all the brothers with me, To the churches in Galatia: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned! Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ. I want you to know, brothers, that the gospel I preached is not something that man made up. I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.” 11/18/13 Evidence for things unseen.
  • 7. Gospel “Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel, for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God’s word is not chained. Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory. Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us; if we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself. Keep reminding them of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen. Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” 11/18/13 9 9 Evidence for things unseen.
  • 8. sumair@theologyinsneakers.com 11/18/13 Evidence for things unseen. theologyinsneakers.com theologyinsneakers.com sumair@theologyinsneakers.com Evidence for things unseen.