The Good News that RUINS us (Part 2)
There are two threats to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The first threat redefines it and robs it of its authority. The second threat redefines it and reduces our expectations of its power. When we redefine the Gospel as “A power of God unto salvation” it merely becomes a spiritual option at a spiritual buffet offering us many choices and combinations that we can place together. When we reduce our expectations of its power, the Gospel becomes irrelevant because it does not command or compel our surrender. Instead, it offers a kind and indulgent God who loves everyone without any judgment, thinks nothing but nice thoughts, and imparts smart tips for living. Paul’s declaration in Romans 1.16-17 leaves no “wiggle room” for redefinition. There is nothing ambiguous in this statement. Either he is right or he is wrong. If he is right than the Gospel is the Good News about the one who redeems us by RUINING us. As Paul will testify:
"… I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. 8 Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ." (Philippians 3.7-8)
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