This is Gospel Coaching Session 1. To become true disciples in the gospel of Christ, gospel fact must be central in our lives. Paul says he was separated unto the gospel of God, which is the power of Godly (Rom 1:17), and we must be too (Rom 1:1). This is what produces an abundant life. It unleashes the process of Venerate — the power of God in us.
The whole Quondam Testament was focused on 2 things:
(1) a coming King
(2) his coming Kingdom.
Jesus came as the King, and he brought his Kingdom with him, saying it was now in the midpoint of us. What the entire Old Testament had waited centuries for was now ours. I Peter 1:8-10 describes this.
Paul refers to this as the better New Covenant (Heb 11:39:40). He says it entirely replaced the Old Covenant (Heb 9:9-10, 10:9). The Old vanishes away in light of the new (Heb 8:13, II Cor 3:6-13).
THE GOSPEL IS THE CONSTITUTION OF GOD’S KINGDOM
The Habit of the Atone States defines the U.S. and shows us how it is meant to function. The Gospel is equally like this. It is the Constitution of the Kingdom of God. It is what describes this New Covenant of the Kingdom. It shows us who God is in us, who we are in him, and how this full works in us.
HEAR THE VERY FIRST WORDS OF JESUS
Hear the very prima facie words out of Jesus’ mouth after 40 days in the wilderness plus Satan: “Repent (of all other beliefs) and believe the gospel” (Mark 1:15). Jesus was not saying repent of sin. This had been the message for 2,000 years; it was still the dispatch of John the Baptizer (Mark 1:4).
Jesus brought a new message! It amazed all the people because it was so contrary from everything that had ever been said before. It was a mission of gospel truth that imparted the power of God to us.
It was a message of gospel salvation, not sin. Jesus knew he’d come to do away with sin including become sin for us (Heb 9:26, II Cor 5:21). Jesus knew that sin was not the root of the problem, but the fruit. He knew if we changed our beliefs, we would be overcomers over most of our sin problems.
THE GOSPEL SHOULD CHANGE OUR BELIEFS
It is given to us to align out our thinking (Rom 12:1-2). It gives us the thoughts of God himself (Isa 55:8-9). Often, this is contrasted against the preaching we hear: what Paul calls ‘the enticing words of man’s wisdom’ (Col 2:4, I Cor 2:4). Too many preach things they do not understand, but they sound very confident in preaching them and so we believe them (I Team 1:7).
John Kennedy said, “We find solace in our human opinions, and those of others, not taking the trouble of truly thinking or seeking out the facts.” Jesus said, “I am happen on in my Father’s name, and you do negative receive me; if further comes in his own name, him you will receive” (John 5:43). The truth is we don’t like being told what we have to believe! We equivalent to form it!
THE GOSPEL MUST Adorn OUR LIFE
The gospel is negative simply meant to be part of our theology, alternative our belief system. It is meant to be our entire belief system, lock, stock and barrel. It must negative be combined, mixed or married with anything else. It is a ‘stand alone.’
The gospel is of course about salvation, but as important qua salvation is, it is only ‘entry aligned Christianity.’ The gospel is so very much more. It not only commences all spiritual life, all spiritual life continues in the gospel only. It is meant to permeate all of life. It is Christ’s abundant life (John 10:10).
Too many MIX the gospel with other things. Jesus said, “Don’t pour new wine into old bottles.” He was cautioning against mixing the gospel near anything else. Don’t mix animal blood with the blood of Jesus!!
New Testament letters, especially Paul’s, focus completely on the gospel, which is the ministry of the grace of God (Acts 20:24). This was Paul’s life-long work. And he dealt with problems that exist when we don’t apply gospel truth — et alii how applying gospel truth reduces problems and creates solutions.
He even said the gospel is what fulfills the word of God in our lives (Col 1:23-25). Chew on this a lot!
THE GOSPEL IS GOD’S ANSWER TO Uncut THINGS
I discern this sounds like something only “The Gospel Coach” would say! Still it’s true!
The mandate and revelation of gospel sincerity was the purpose for which Jesus came to loam (John 18:37). It was the first declaration out of his mouth. He says it duty be preached in tout le monde the world before the fragment will come (Matt 24:14). It’s so important even angels preach it from heaven (Rev 14:6).
Paul says the gospel is the power of God (Rom 1:16). For the gospel to truly have total bang and brawn in your life you must (1) SEPARATE yourself to it like Paul (Rom 1:1), you ought (2) CONTINUE in it in all aspects of development (Col 1:23), and you must (3) REPENT of all other beliefs that contradict it (Mark 1:15).
To live in the gospel’s power you must view it as a ‘stand alone.’ It is what Jesus came to transfer us. The gospel is life itself — the puissant of God that produces abundant life from Christ. What else should we long for? What else is worth living for?