Let Me Be Clear
Gospel conversations need clarity. We need to be clear on two things:
Coming to Christ. What it looks like.
Following Christ. The implications of coming to Christ. What it looks like.
As the video above highlights, there is the gospel and there is the reality of how the gospel should shape our lives and decisions and responses to things like prostate cancer.
But we must not confuse coming to Christ and following Christ.
In coming to Christ, I receive and rest on Jesus and His righteousness alone (as the Westminster Confession of Faith says).
‘One day as I was passing into the field . . . this sentence fell upon my soul. Thy righteousness is in heaven. And methought, withal, I saw with the eyes of my soul Jesus Christ at God's right hand; there, I say, was my righteousness; so that wherever I was, or whatever I was doing, God could not say of me, he wants [=lacks] my righteousness, for that was just before him. I also saw, moreover, that it was not my good frame of heart that made my righteousness better, nor yet my bad frame that made my righteousness worse, for my righteousness was Jesus Christ himself, "The same yesterday, today, and forever." Heb. 13:8. Now did my chains fall off my legs indeed. I was loosed from my afflictions and irons; my temptations also fled away; so that from that time those dreadful scriptures of God [about the unforgivable sin] left off to trouble me; now went I also home rejoicing for the grace and love of God." – John Bunyan
The gospel is the good news of the free gift of forgiveness and eternal life through faith alone in Jesus (relying on His righteousness alone).
The fruit of believing in Jesus is a changed life, pursuit of God, fighting sin, and becoming more like Christ.
The value of being clear about the truth is that it helps us to do what the Scriptures teaches us to do: to remind one another of the truth and to remember the truth in every situation.
What is the first thing we should do in the face of a terrorist attack or any other sin against us or suffering we may experience? Remember.
Remember to remember.
Remember the truth.
Remember to trust the truth.
We need to be clear on the truth and remember it in every situation and relationship so that we don't lose our touch with reality and so we can love those around us.
What do I need to work/fight to remember?
God is the Supreme Good who created us to look to Him for our help and happiness. - Isaiah 12:2
Man is an idol worshiper who looks to created things instead, disobeys God, and deserves His just punishment. – Psalm 106:38
Jesus is the double cure who lived the life we could never live and died the death we deserve to die, then rose from the dead as the only Lord and Savior. – Isaiah 53:8
Faith is trust in the promises of God for pardon and perfection, help and happiness because of Jesus alone. – Romans 4:19-21
Love is the obedience of faith that trusts and obeys God’s Word for the glory of God and the good of others in every situation and relationship. – Luke 6:35-36