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The Gospel Afresh to the Children of God

The Gospel afresh to the children of God

Believers have heard the gospel countless times. We have continuously heard it from the pulpit, from the bible notifications on our phones, and from our friends who simply won’t stop talking about it, sometimes to the point of irritation. I pray that God would make scripture open our desensitized minds anew today to the great glories of Christ’s work on the cross and shape our inner-man to be a reflection of the sweet savior who silently stood in our place. Let us meditate along with David about our need for God to remove the sin-weaved veil blinding our eyes from biblical truth; pray slowly and thoughtfully this Psalm in the quietness of your mind: “Open my eyes that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.”

In Jeremiah chapter 2, God gave him a word to speak to the Israelites who had abandoned God for worthless idols. God begins by personally and beautifully making it known to them that he remembers their times of faithfulness, God reminisces over the devotion that they once had for him. He then asks them, “What wrong did your fathers find in me that they went far from me, and went after worthlessness, and became worthless?” God then makes it clear what they had done, “for my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that hold no water.”

I love the fact that the entirety of the old testament points directly forwards to our now-known messiah, Christ Jesus. This account is no different. In verses six through 8 of Jeremiah 2, God accounts for the fact that he had brought his people through Egypt “a land of deserts and pits, a land of drought and deep darkness, in a land that none passes through.” God didn’t stop there, he led them “into a plentiful land to enjoy its fruits and its good things.” As justified believers before God, he has sovereignly and graciously, led us, those who “were dead in [our] trespasses and sins in which we once walked,” through and out the other side of our desert: utter death and rebellion against God himself. God exercised divine forbearance with us while we were still sinners, and then through the death of his own Son who stepped in and bore on himself the full wrath of God’s punishment of sin, made us right before him, declaring our great debt paid in full, and has clothed us in the very righteousness of Christ Jesus. Our debt was our sin, God’s righteousness declared that it must not go unpunished, so Christ paid that debt for us, for you, and because justice was satisfied, God has extended mercy, grace, and forgiveness to you, declaring you a son or daughter of the King. Yet again, God didn’t stop there, he led us into a plentiful land and “blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.” I pray, and ask that you would do so for yourself, that the Lord would take our broken eyes and make them see. I pray that God would remove the layers of sin-caused spiritual blindness from our hearts as we repent and turn to him. Our Lord has looked upon a dead and hopeless soul, your soul, that so greatly hated him, and willingly stepped in our place. You’ve heard it before, now hear it this time. Cry out to God, and “walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called.”

“He himself bore our sins on his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds we have been healed. For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the shepherd and Overseer of your souls” 1 Peter 2:24-25 (emphasis mine).

“If there’s anything in life that we should be passionate about, it’s the gospel. And I don’t mean passionate only about sharing it with others. I mean passionate about thinking about it, dwelling on it, rejoicing in it, allowing it to color the way we look at the world. Only one thing can be of first importance to each of us. And only the gospel ought to be.”

C.J. Mahaney, The Cross Centered Life, 20-21

Gospel passages to keep warm:

  • 1 John 1:9
  • Isaiah 53:4-6
  • Romans 3:23-24; 5:8
  • Galatians 3:13-14
  • Ephesians 2:4-5
  • Colossians 1:19-20
  • Colossians 2:13-14
  • 1 Peter 2:24-25

References in order:

  • Psalm 119:18
  • Jeremiah 2:5
  • Jeremiah 2:12-13
  • Jeremiah 2:6-7
  • Ephesians 2:1
  • Ephesians 1:3
  • 1 Peter 2:24-25
  • J. Mahaney, The Cross Centered Life, 20-21

 

 

 

 

 

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