The Gospel or Nothing Else


What is it that keeps us going? Love? Job? Dreams? Family? Desires to achieve? Money? This question has been pondered for many centuries and it will be pondered for centuries more. My reasoning for asking this question is for those who proclaim Christ to consider the question in meditation and deep thought. How often do we actually ask, “What is keeping me going?” “What is keeping me on this job I can’t stand?” “What is keeping me devoted to my spouse?” “What is keeping me from giving up?” “What is driving me to push myself beyond my boundaries?” “What keeps me serving Christ and living for him?”

As believers, we hold to the truth that Christ has arrested our hearts for his glory and that salvation guarantees our place in an eternal heaven free from pain, suffering, or damnation. Might this be what keeps us going? Heaven?

If that were true, would we not live by another, higher standard than we do? Heaven is more than eternal bliss. Heaven is a place where God dwells, his will unhindered by the selfish sin of his creation; a place where we shall glorify him, in spirit and truth forevermore.

This truth, this fact, has implications for the believer. Not simply for us in the afterlife, but for the here and now. We shall remember, the kingdom of heaven is not just “to come,” but it is also “here and now.”

The implication of heaven, for the believer who trusts in Christ, then is that there is something about this truth, the truth of heaven must be lived out in the lives of those who belong to and proclaim trust in Christ’s provision of salvation.

This implication is the gospel! The gospel does not just bring good news of salvation from hell; of bringing a dead being to life; of restoration; or of freedom. The gospel does not just reveal to us the idea of Jesus.  The gospel certainly brings all these things to reality, but the gospel actually reveals to us, sinful man deserving of hell and eternal damnation, God himself. The gospel is good news but it restores us to a right relationship with God, our Creator and Eternal Savior.

So, what keeps us going? It is the gospel and nothing else. The gospel gives us unfettered access to a heavenly Father who cares for us and richly blesses us with his grace. This, this wonderful truth is what keeps us going. The gospel not only saves us, it gives us an eternal perspective; a Holy Spirit counselor; a risen Savior; a permanent and unending communion with God the Father.

Let us realize the great truth that the gospel and nothing else is what keeps us going.




Christ in us in the World

This is the inaugural post for what I hope to be a fruitful endeavor for myself and readers. This post was begun because of a need to engage church members with relevant content, both biblical and cultural, and also to provide devotional material which the average individual can grasp and chew on. I also began this blog because of a professor of mine, Dr. Joe Sherrer, told me it was one of the best ways to connect with the fast-paced culture. With this in mind, I would like to mention a few words on Christ in the World.

I will not dare to reach the depths of Bonhoeffer, Spurgeon, or Piper, but I would like to offer a few thoughts on Christ in us in the world.

John 1:1-4 is known as a passage which discusses the preeminence of Jesus Christ. Christ was with God before the world, Christ is God, and Christ created the world. He has all the rights, privileges, power, and glory due him because he is God. This passage unequivocally lets us know that we can know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the Jesus we worship, the Jesus we serve is God and as such, he is worthy of our praise, honor, and obedience.

A few down from verse 4, John lets us know that Jesus (the Word) became flesh and lived among men (John 1:14). The God of creation, the literal “light of the world” came down to earth to live in the pitiful world with unrepentant, vile, and spiteful people, (people like you and me). Paul refers to this in Phil. 2:5-8 as he reminds us how Christ humbled himself, came into the world, lived for the glory of God, and paid the price with his life.

Why then, if we have this example of Christ coming into the world, a world he created, living in the world, serving the world, living for God, and dying for the truth, are we so hesitant to live for Christ, share our testimony, share the gospel, or even share the fact that we belong to Christ? Let us not fold to the demands or the temptations of the world. We will do good to remember that while the world needed Christ, it did not want him. The same will be for us-the world may not want Christ, but it is in desperate need of him.

Let us follow the example of our Savior. Let us take the light which is in us (Christ himself), being filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, and take this light into the darkness. Let us boldly shine the light of Christ into the darkness, no matter the culture, no matter the cost, no matter to collateral.

Remember beloved, we are his and he is ours.


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