I’ve been writing on “Why and How the Gospel is to be Central to the Christian Life”.  You can check the other posts on them here:  Part 1, Part 2a, Part 2b, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.  In Part 5, we looked at where change takes place in sanctification and who is doing the changing.  This post is looking at what role you and I play in this change.

What role do I play in sanctification?

-We can walk by the Spirit or by the flesh.  Our role is one of repentance and faith (Romans 1:17).  We trust that we have been made free from the slavery to sin and can trust in his promise of the Holy Spirit.  In killing sin the Spirit uses the Word (Ephesians 6).  And the Word is what builds our faith (Romans 10:17).  Because what we are hearing at the root of the Word is the gospel!

 

-The central pillar or story of Scripture is the gospel and the “rebar”, or themes, found in Scripture, generally speaking, are God’s sovereignty, grace and glory.  It is in the gospel do these truths come blazingly seen.

 

-And again we see that in the gospel we are justified by faith where we are no longer condemned by God’s wrath, and now enjoy all the benefits and power of the Spirit since we are adopted as His child.  We can have faith in His future grace to be there to do the change within us.

 

-We put to death the “deceitful desire” (Ephesians 4:22) that would rule our hearts, and instead treasure Christ and His glory.  The fruit that results is of the Spirit (Galatians 5)

 

What Difference Does it Make Keeping the Gospel Functionally Central in the Christian Life?

-It protects us from Antinomianism – this is when we focus only on justification and it leads to grace without obligation.

-It protects us from Legalism – this is when we focus only on sanctification and it leads to obligation without grace.

-It protects us from Subjectivism – believing in the gospel kills the lies we tell ourselves and reminds us of the truth

-It protects us from Guilt – the gospel reminds us we are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, for the glory of God alone.

-It focuses us in on the spiritual struggle of the Heart – the fight to make our joy in God and not the deceitful desires sin promises – this is where true and lasting change take place.

-It brings us to where true joy is found – It is the glory of God.

 

-Thus, the Gospel is central to the Christian life because it is both a comfort and a call.  A comfort knowing that we are no longer under condemnation.  We have been justified by faith and adopted into God’s family.  As a result of our union with Christ, slavery to sin is dead (Gal. 2:20) and the Holy Spirit is actively at work in my life to make me become more like Christ; holy.  Thus, it is also a call as Christ sanctifies us to make us what we have been declared.  We are to trust and obey because he has given us everything we need for life and godliness (1 Peter 1:3-7).

 

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