3/8/16 at 09:22 AM 0 Comments

Gospel Amnesia, part 2

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Even the bestest Christians can forget the basics of our faith. There are two main ways to do that because the message of the Gospel has two messages:

1. Humans are terrible, horrible, no good, very bad sinners.

2. Jesus is a loving, righteous and perfect Savior who died for sinners.

Forgetting one of these two messages is the source of most of our quarrels. Gospel Amnesia, part 1 examined the statements we blurt that indicate we are forgetting the first message of the Gospel. Part 2 examines the second way we forget the Gospel: by forgetting that Jesus died for sinners.

1. I feel guilty.

You might feel that way, but if you are in Christ, the second message of the Gospel says, “You are not guilty.” It is perfectly fine to grieve over sin, but it is not fine to feel guilty. Cuz you’re not.

2. I hate myself.

That is very unfortunate because the second message of the Gospel says that God doesn’t hate you; He loves you.

3. Do you have any idea how much I do for you?

Apparently you have forgotten how much God has done for you when He died for you, a sinner. When you forget the second message of the Gospel, it is very easy to ask that question.

4. The least you could do is…

This is subtle but no less a denial of the second message of the Gospel. The cross was the supreme act of agape love. Forgiveness is a free gift of God with zero strings attached. “The least you could do” is a string.

5. Say you’re sorry to your sister.

The second message of the Gospel shouts, “God loves you, Sinner.” It is kindness that leads us to repentance, a broken heart and a contrite spirit. Telling your child to “say sorry” fails to remember that a forced apology is not based on the Gospel.

6. You don’t deserve to eat dinner/go on vacation/get Christmas presents, etc.

The Gospel tells me that you and I do not deserve grace, but God lavishly gives it to us anyway. The only thing we all deserve is wrath, but God lavishes gift after gift upon us, especially the gift of His Son.

7. I can’t pray/go to church/read my Bible unless I ___________________________.

If you have sinned and think you can’t do anything “spiritual” until you do something to appease God, you are forgetting that God has already been appeased by the second message of the Gospel.

How do you avoid having Gospel amnesia? Never forget the Gospel. II Corinthians tells us how:

But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory (II Cor. 3:18).

The more you study Jesus, the more you will become like Him. And Jesus never, ever forgets the Gospel.

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