Matthew R. Perry

Is the Gospel Simply a Stepping Stone to Something More Advanced?

In Uncategorized on November 9, 2006 at 4:19 pm

We never ‘get beyond the gospel’ in our Christian life to something more ‘advanced’. The gospel is not the first ‘step’ in a ‘stairway’ of truths, rather, it is more like the ‘hub’ in a ‘wheel’ of truth. The gospel is not just the A-B-C’s of Christianity, but it is the A to Z of Christianity. The gospel is not just the minimum required doctrine necessary to enter the kingdom, but the way we make all progress in the kingdom.  We are not justified by the gospel and then sanctified by obedience, but the gospel is the way we grow (Gal. 3:1-3) and then are renewed (Col. 1:6).  It is the solution to each problem, the key to each closed door, the power through every barrier (Rom. 1:16-17).”

— Tim Keller, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York
from the Desiring God Conference 2006
(HT:  Mark Combs)

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  1. Powerful statement of understanding. I agree! To much the Gospel is presented as means of “fire insurance” to miss the flames and or, a ticket to get into heaven so that the party here on earth can continue. I appreciate the clarity given of how the Gospel is to be impacting the everyday issues of my life. And yes it is the power of God unto salvation that saves from my sin, punishment of sin, and gives me the hope of eternal life with God. Until then may I live in the abundant life Christ my Lord gives to me here and now thorugh the Gospel.

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