A few days ago I wrote an article entitled “Where is God in the midst of my sin?” I made a point about the Gospel being the driving force for our sanctification and I wanted to elaborate some on this topic. Being a pastor of a local church I hear some things that make me wonder some time. I have heard people complaining that their church always talks about the Gospel (live, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ) and fail to give the meat of the scriptures. Early on I didn’t understand why this didn’t sit well with me until I started to understand the entirety of the Gospel. You see the Gospel is not for sinner alone but also for the saved. We systematically think that someone who is not redeemed needs the Gospel and those who are need Theology. While this is true, we must also include the Gospel in our Theology. In fact the Gospel is the root for all Theology and its the driving force behind developing christian to be more like Jesus Christ. The more we understand the Gospel the more we begin to understand the gravity of our sin. This draws us closer to God and drives us deeper into the study of our God which results in becoming more like our Savior. In fact, its our destiny to become more like Jesus Christ. Look what Romans 8: 29 says:
“For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.”
Without the Gospel we have no foundation for our Theology and we can’t grow into the image of Christ. So realize the Gospel is the meat of the scriptures and fosters our growth as believers.